The Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) degree at WSU is a rigorous 26-month graduate program that prepares students to function as generalist PAs, who possess a wide array of knowledge in primary care. Students in this program are required to demonstrate a range of physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities and skills necessary to perform successfully in various clinical situations.

During the course of this program, students are trained and educated to serve where healthcare need is greatest; this includes underserved populations, in rural areas, and with minorities and older adults.

Key Program Features

  • Graduate in just 26 months from an accredited and affordable program. Our Program tuition and even out-of-state tuition compares very favorably with programs across the nation. Our 26-month program allows students to begin clinical rotations in just 13 months and graduate in 26 months. The lock-step curriculum means you start and graduate with the same team of students.
  • Excellent NCCPA pass rate and high Program graduation rate. Our graduates exceed the national pass rate on the PANCE and also perform above the national average on other standardized measures of medical knowledge such as PACKRAT and End-of-Rotation Exams. Our 5-year mean graduation rate is also above the national average.
  • Clinical Education in rural and underserved communities. We have long-standing and strong community affiliations with preceptors across Kansas. Learning medicine in rural areas allows our students to see it all and really get to know their patients and community. Every WSU PA student completes at least 12 weeks of rotations in primary care and 12 weeks in rural areas. Our graduates practice in rural and underserved communities at almost double the national average.
  • Expand your research potential. Our students aren't just consumers of medical literature, they become contributors to the body of medical literature. Since 2006, our students have co-authored with faculty over 40 journal articles and book chapters and have presented over 50 scientific posters, arguable the strongest record of student publication in the nation.

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Program FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions About the Program
Question Answer
Program Entry Point Summer
Program Length 26-months; 1st year (1st 13 months/didactic year) and 2nd year (2nd 13 months/clinical rotations)
Study Plan Options Full-time, lock step, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CASPA Application Deadline Complete and Verified by September 1st
Class Size 48
Application Ratio 30:1
Minimum GPA to Apply 3.00 overall and a science GPA of 3.00
Average GPA of Applicants 3.50
Average GPA of Accepted Students 3.70
Average Age Range of Students 26-40 years old

GRE (Graduate Record Examination): Not required

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Required for applicants whose native (first) language is not English. Submit TOEFL socres to CASPA. Scores must be received by CASPA before the application is submitted.

Degrees Required

Bachelor’s degree in any field plus completion of program prerequisites

Professional Certification(s)
and License(s) Needed to Practice

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

Advanced Standing/Placement Program requirements will not be waived for any reason. Likewise, experiential credit toward prerequisites or advanced standing will not be granted. Transfer credit policies can be found in the latest edition of the WSU Graduate Catalog.

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