Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Offered

M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies  

Program Start

Summer (May) 2017

Application Deadline

January 15, 2017 
The Kean University M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Program will be using the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for application submission. The application is anticipated to open on August 1, 2016.

Campus Options

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Program Description

The Kean University M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Program (PA Program) graduates physician assistants (PAs) at the master’s level (M.S.) to practice medicine as healthcare practitioners in partnership with physicians to provide high quality patient-centered care.   The cohort-based curriculum is delivered over 24 consecutive months (6 semesters) and prepares graduates capable of achieving national certification and licensure at the state level.  
The first 12 months (3 semesters) provide foundational coursework in basic medical sciences, professional practice, patient assessment and education, pharmacology, and applied clinical medicine, which are presented in an integrated and complementary manner. Students spend the final 12 months (3 semesters) in full time supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) under the supervision of practicing physicians and physician assistants (preceptors).  Early incorporation of both simulation activities and patient interactions in the first year enables students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and prepare them for the clinical portion of the program.
The PA Program focuses on preparing graduates who have an appreciation for family and patient-centered primary care and are able to facilitate the continuity of care for patients across all settings with the goal of optimizing health.

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Tuition and Fees

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The Kean University M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Program (PA Program) has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  The PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2017 (Summer semester), pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting. In the event that the PA Program does not receive Accreditation - Provisional status, the Program will not start as planned.  The class anticipated to matriculate in May 2017 will receive a full refund of any deposit or tuition paid.  
Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.  
For more information regarding accreditation, please see the ARC-PA website:


Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Executive Director

East Campus, Room 307