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 Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Springfield College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2016. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
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.