The College of St. Scholastica's Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for Accreditation — Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College of St. Scholastica's Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2017, pending achieving Accreditation — Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation — Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Physician Assistant

Students in Physician Assistant lab setting

PA Program Begins 2017

Program's future home, the Health Science Center at BlueStone, set to open this fall

FAST FACTS: Master of Physician Assistant Studies

  • First class expected to begin in fall 2017, pending accreditation
  • 24-month full-time program, including summers
  • Applications are accepted annually from April to September 1
  • Innovative curriculum using web-based classrooms, medical simulation software and online textbooks
  • Shared learning opportunities with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Health Information Management, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Nursing
  • The only PA program north of the Twin Cities

Tuition: $810/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2016-17 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

We need Physician Assistants. We need you.

As healthcare costs continue to rise and the number of physicians continues to decline, the demand for non-physician healthcare providers has boomed — especially in rural areas, where resources and providers are especially scarce. That's why The College of St. Scholastica is pursuing the development of a Physician Assistant (PA) program. For more than 100 years, The College of St. Scholastica has been committed to meeting the healthcare needs of rural areas in Minnesota and neighboring states. Those needs led to the creation of our nursing program in the 1930s and the initial development of our PA program today.

Mission statement

The College of St. Scholastica's mission is to educate Physician Assistant students within a comprehensive, interprofessional and innovative curriculum to provide high-quality care across the lifespan and meet the healthcare needs of our region.

The St. Scholastica advantage

  • Small class sizes — meaning that every student receives abundant individual attention.
  • Practice interprofessional teamwork that's required in the workplace by collaborating with graduate students in a variety of health professions, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Health Informatics, Exercise Physiology, Nursing and Social Work.
  • Clinical placements all over the country, including plentiful opportunities in the Midwest and with populations where jobs are abundant — primary care and rural settings.
  • Collaboration with regional health systems known for excellent clinical education — including two local, tertiary-care, Level II trauma designated, award-winning healthcare systems that offer 35 specialties and serve the five-state region and Canada.
  • Innovative curriculum using web-based classrooms, medical simulation software and online textbooks.
  • Classes held in a state-of-the-art building featuring the latest in simulation, telehealth and technology-supported patient care equipment.
  • All from an institution that is the region’s leader in Health Science education.

Career outlook

As healthcare providers try to combat the rising costs, the demand for PAs is increasing dramatically. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for PAs will grow by 38 percent nationwide between 2012 and 2022.

This is especially true in Minnesota, which has the third-highest occupational demand for physician assistants among all states, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, producing occupational vacancies at the rate of 80 new jobs per year — many in rural areas.

What does a Physician Assistant do?

A Physician Assistant is a licensed health professional who works under the supervision of a physician. Physician Assistants reduce the physician's workload by taking over duties traditionally reserved for physicians, including:

  • Physical examinations
  • Diagnosing
  • Ordering therapeutic procedures
  • Patient counseling
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Assisting physicians in healthcare institutions and patient homes
  • Prescribing medications

The Health Science Center at BlueStone: A beautiful new place to learn

The Physician Assistant program will be in the new Health Science Center located in the BlueStone development about 1 mile from the Duluth main campus. BlueStone is a vibrant new retail and housing development featuring BlueStone Lofts and BlueStone Flats, premium on-site housing options for students. The Health Science Center includes state-of-the-art labs and classroom space, as well as study and lounge areas. It also features maurices Community Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic where students receive supervised hands-on experience working with uninsured or underinsured individuals.

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