Congratulations to the first PA class graduating May 2020!


Applications for the January 2021 cohort will be accepted through CASPA, beginning April 30, 2020 and closing on October 1, 2020.


Mount St. Joseph University’s Physician Assistant program prepares students to become outstanding clinicians fully prepared to deliver quality health care in an ever-changing environment.

The graduate degree program emphasizes critical thinking and lifelong learning through its use of hands-on patient care and state-of-the-art technology.

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Program Highlights

  • A 27-month graduate program with 12 months of classroom training including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, genetics, diagnostic lab, EKG, physical exam and clinical skills.
  • Clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, women’s health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, orthopedics and behavioral health, along with two student selected elective rotations. Following the clinical phase, students complete a comprehensive summative evaluation.
  • On campus Simulation Lab featuring Simulation IQ with audiovisual recording capability and embedded electronic health record.
  • Advanced Anatomy Lab including AnatomageTM virtual anatomy program to supplement cadaver specimens.
  • Graduates receive a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and are eligible to take the PA National Certification Exam (PANCE).

Program Facilities

Click below to view a virtual tour of the PA Skills Lab, PA Exam Room, and other areas of the MSJ PA Program learning experience.



The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mount St. Joseph University Physician Assistant Program sponsored byMount St. Joseph University.

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at  http://www.arc-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Accreditation-History-Mt.-St.-Joseph-U-274.pdf

Professional Licensure Information

Mount St. Joseph University’s Physician Assistant Program has Accreditation-Provisional status from the ARC-PA.  Successful completion of the PA program, whether delivered face to face or via virtual platform, satisfies the academic requirements for initial licensure in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   

Requirements for licensure/certification as a Physician Assistant vary from state to state.  For students who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please contact the program director or faculty advisor to discuss additional requirements in that state. 

A chart describing initial PA licensure requirements in each state and the District of Columbia is available here, and a directory of state medical licensure boards here.

MSJ Physician Assistant Program


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Graduate Degree Employment Survey Data [PDF} (543 KB)
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2020-2021 Graduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (69 KB)
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2019-2020 Graduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (95 KB)
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Program Requirements
Physician Assistant Curriculum, Program and Admission Requirements