Physician Assistant Program
The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) program educates primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.
This is 27-month graduate program leads to a master of science in physician assistant studies. There are two different entry points to the program.
- Six-year track (Pre Professional Phase): The student enters Springfield College as a freshman, and in six years, earns a bachelor of science in health science/Pre PA and completes the master’s-level PA program. The student enters the professional phase of the program in January of their senior year. The bachelor of science degree in health science/Pre PA is awarded in May of the fourth year. The master of science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the PA program. The majority of our students enter the PA program through this route.
- Two-year track (Professional Phase): The student with a bachelor’s degree enters the PA program and is awarded a master’s degree upon completion. Note these students complete the entire 27-month program, but for the sake of simplicity the track is referred to as the two-year track.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.
Five Year PANCE Results
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The Springfield College PA program matriculated its first students in 1994 and awarded the first bachelor’s degrees and certifications in 1996. The program was awarded initial accreditation in 1996, with continuing accreditation awarded in 1999, 2003, and 2010. Since the program’s last accreditation decision in 2003, the curriculum made the transition to the graduate level.
The Springfield College Physician Assistant Program does not offer advanced placement for any prior course work or clinical activity.
For the seventh-consecutive year, Springfield College PA students have received an 100 percent pass rate on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Certification Examination on their first attempt.
A career as a PA was ranked #1 in list of best jobs in America, based on earning potential, by Glassdoor.com.