5 Great Reasons to Major in Physician Assistant Studies at Springfield College
Physician Assistants (PA) are educated in intensive medical programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
As an accredited physician assistant program, Springfield College offers physician assistant majors the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies over the course of just five years.
All physician assistant faculty members at Springfield College are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and are licensed by the State of Massachusetts, by the State Board of Public Health, and by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. They are also still clinically practicing and serve locally as well as in developing countries. They are national authors and speakers, and involved in clinical research with local community physicians.
According to the Physician Assistant Education Association, “a commitment to caring is the foundation of the physician assistant profession — and has been since the profession began. If you want to make a difference — and have a positive influence on health care in this country — the physician assistant profession is waiting for you.”
Since 1885, Springfield College has been world-renowned for its focus on health and wellness and a mission that promotes leadership in service to others. Springfield College graduates are “people-people” who unite their expertise with the desire to work for the greater good of humanity.
Physician assistants from Springfield College are in great demand: the world knows you will already have been immersed in the spirit-mind-and-body philosophy that guides the education of the College’s students.
Hands-on experience is vital to individuals majoring in physician assistant studies.
Springfield College offers clinical experience in: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics & gynecology, psychiatry, and emergency medicine. Springfield College students are well prepared for employment upon graduation.
Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 27 percent through 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2006, more than half of jobs for physician assistants were in the offices of physicians and about a quarter were in hospitals, both public and private. The rest were mostly in outpatient care centers, including health maintenance organizations, the Federal Government, and public or private colleges, universities, and professional schools.
Springfield College boasts 100 percent graduate employment, with our physician assistant graduates working in local, state, and national organizations.
All states require physician assistants to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, which is open only to graduates of accredited physician assistant education programs.
Springfield College graduating students have a 95-100 percent overall NCCPA board pass rate.