Program Overview & Curriculum
The MS in Physician Assistant is a full-time, 95-credit program that begins each fall. One class is admitted per year.
The program is cohort-based, meaning that students have a predetermined course schedule each semester and move along in the program with the same group of peers. They also take classes in one location throughout the day: the Monmouth University Graduate Center in Monmouth Park Corporate Center. As a result, students are able to support each other and work and study in a community-like atmosphere.
The mission of Monmouth University’s physician assistant program is to educate physician assistants to provide compassionate, patient-centered, quality healthcare in a variety of settings. Program graduates will possess clinical skills to serve a diverse patient population and have the ability to advance the profession through leadership and research.
To learn more about our program goals and how we have achieved those goals, visit our Program Outcomes page.
The program consists of two phases: the didactic phase and the clinical phase. The didactic phase includes three intensive semesters of classroom and laboratory instruction and clinical experiences. The clinical phase includes four semesters (64 weeks) of supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs; clinical clerkships/rotations), where students are assigned to clinical preceptors at various inpatient and outpatient facilities. The average PA program consists of 48 weeks of clinical experience; having an extra 12 weeks gives Monmouth students more time to learn and prepare.
The requirements for supervised clinical practice experiences are fulfilled by clinical clerkships in the following practice specialty areas:
- Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery
- Geriatric Medicine/Long Term Care
- Internal Medicine
- Pediatric Medicine
- Urgent Care Medicine
- Women’s Health (OBGYN)
- Elective/Selective Areas