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Master of Physician Assistant Studies

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Stephens College Physician Assistant program.

The application cycle for the Fall 2019 cohort is now closed. Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort will open on April 26, 2019. 

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The Stephens College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is a full-time, 27-month professional program, providing 13 months of didactic education and 14 months of clinical training. Didactic instruction occurs in the College’s state-of-the-art Center for Health Sciences, located steps from downtown Columbia and dedicated exclusively to serve the PA program. Clinical rotations include family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, general surgery, general internal medicine, behavioral medicine and emergency medicine. Stephens has partnered with area hospitals, clinics, private practice groups and individual providers to offer the highest quality clinical training, by providers who are dedicated to their patients and to the students they teach.

Established in 1833, Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country. Stephens College welcomes both women and men into all of its graduate programs. The College’s PA program is a revitalization of a PA program it offered first in 1975, one of the first such programs in the country.

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Accreditation note:
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program Sponsored by Stephens College.

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. 

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