WesternU’s PA Program has received an unfavorable decision from their accreditor, ARC-PA, which impacts our accreditation and admissions of future students. Please review this important information to ensure you understand how this may impact you as an applicant.


As health care changes, Physician Assistants are increasingly valued as vital members of the health care team. WesternU’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) graduates are in high demand and enjoy careers that are rewarding both personally and professionally.

Functions and tasks of a PA graduate

A graduate from WesternU’s two-year MSPAS program will be able to:

  • Elicit a comprehensive history and perform a complete routine physical examination on patients of any age group; elicit a pertinent and accurate history and perform a problem-oriented physical examination in situations requiring an interval evaluation.
  • Select, perform, and/or interpret the appropriate routine patient laboratory and diagnostic studies/procedures.
  • Identify patient problems, organize, and integrate data, and record patient findings.
  • Accurately present an oral case.
  • Implement a management plan.
  • Instruct and counsel patients regarding physical and mental health to include diet, health maintenance, therapy, normal growth and development, family planning, referral, and follow-up services.
  • Provide life support and emergency evaluation/care in response to life-threatening situations in the absence of a physician and/or other appropriate health professionals.
  • Initiate and follow up on appropriate referrals to specialists.

You can find additional information on our Department of Physician Assistant Education web page.

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The MSPAS program will prepare students to demonstrate:

  • Competency in established and evolving core medial and clinical sciences knowledge with an application to patient care in diverse settings
  • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, families, health care providers, professional associates, and the health care system
  • Care that is effective, patient-centered, compassionate, timely, efficient, and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness
  • A high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements
  • Critical analysis, evaluation, and improved patient care practices throughout their ongoing education and practice
  • An awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that is of optimal value
Why choose WesternU?

We have a nationally recognized program and offer you:

Important Program Information

  • Due to the demands of the curriculum, students are not permitted to work while in the PA program. This provides the best opportunity for learners to be successful in the program.
  • Despite previous expertise and experience, students are not permitted to substitute for or function as, instructional faculty during any phase of the PA curriculum. This helps to protect learners from divided attention while in the program

“At WesternU I received a well-rounded education. Not only did I gain the medical knowledge necessary to fulfill my role as a Physician Assistant, but I learned to always listen and be compassionate.”

– MSPA Student

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