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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Degree

General Information
Our accredited Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is designed to teach you the skills you need and can be completed in as little as 27 months.

Physician assistant (PA) requirements include 113 credit hours, 68 of which are earned through didactic coursework in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting.

All didactic coursework takes place on the university campus in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex. The remaining 45 hours of the Physician Assistant Studies program are earned during the second year in the program through 10 supervised clinical rotations in the field. If you are looking for accredited physician assistant programs, consider University of the Cumberlands, where you can earn real-world PA experience while learning hands on.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by the University of the Cumberlands.

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.

For more information about our physician assistant degree and how UC differs from other colleges offering physician assistant (PA) programs, call 855.791.7201 or fill out the short Student Information Form. See why University of the Cumberlands is an excellent choice among PA programs in Kentucky.

Required Curriculum
Course work. These courses comprise the 113 credits of course work to be completed in the MSPAS program.

Semester one: Total: 15 credit hours.

MSPAS 510 Human Anatomy 5 credit hours
MSPAS 520 Human Medical Physiology 4 credit hours
MSPAS 530 Introduction to Patient Assessment 3 credit hours
MSPAS 540 Foundations to Clinical Medicine 2 credit hours
MSPAS 550 Introduction to the PA Profession 1 credit hour


Semester two: Total: 17 credit hours.

MSPAS 501 Integration Seminar I 1 credit hour
MSPAS 521 Medical Pathophysiology I 2 credit hours
MSPAS 531 Patient Assessment I 3 credit hours
MSPAS 541 Clinical Medicine 5 credit hours
MSPAS 571 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 3 credit hours
MSPAS 581 Health Care Issues I 2 credit hours
MSPAS 591 Research, Epidemiology and Stats 1 credit hour


Semester three: Total: 18 credit hours.

MSPAS 502 Integration Seminar II 1 credit hour
MSPAS 505 Medical Procedures and Surgery I 3 credit hours
MSPAS 522 Medical Pathophysiology II 2 credit hours
MSPAS 532 Patient Assessment II 3 credit hours
MSPAS 542 Clinical Medicine II 5 credit hours
MSPAS 572 Pharmacology Therapeutics II 3 credit hours
MSPAS 582 Health Care Issues II 1 credit hour


Semester four: Total: 18 credit hours.

MSPAS 503 Integration Seminar III 1 credit hour
MSPAS 506 Medical Procedures and Surgery II 3 credit hours
MSPAS 523 Medical Pathophysiology III 2 credit hours
MSPAS 533 Patient Assessment III 2 credit hours
MSPAS 543 Clinical Medicine III 5 credit hours
MSPAS 544 Emergency Medicine 2 credit hours
MSPAS 573 Pharmocology Therapeutics III 3 credit hours


Semesters Five/Six/Seven: Total: 45 credit hours.

Clinical Rotations.

MSPAS 600 Family Medicine I 4 credit hours
MSPAS 605 Family Medicine II 4 credit hours
MSPAS 610 Emergency Medicine 4 credit hours
MSPAS 620 Internal Medicine I 4 credit hours
MSPAS 625 Internal Medicine II 4 credit hours
MSPAS 630 Pediatrics 4 credit hours
MSPAS 640 Psychiatry 4 credit hours
MSPAS 650 Surgery 4 credit hours
MSPAS 660 Women’s Health 4 credit hours
MSPAS 670 Clinical Elective 4 credit hours


Semester five: Total: 18 credit hours.

MSPAS 692 CAPSTONE I 2 credit hours
Rotation 1 4 credit hours
Rotation 2 4 credit hours
Rotation 3 4 credit hours
Rotation 4 4 credit hours


Semester six: Total: 16 credit hours.

Rotation 5 4 credit hours
Rotation 6 4 credit hours
Rotation 7 4 credit hours
Rotation 8 4 credit hours


Semester seven: Total: 11 credit hours.

MSPAS 693 CAPSTONE II 2 credit hours
Rotation 9 4 credit hours
Rotation 10 4 credit hours
MSPAS 680 Professional Development 1 credit hours


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