Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)—Accelerated

School of Physician Assistant Studies (Manchester and Worcester)

Location: Manchester, Worcester
Start Term: Spring

Prepare to deliver empathic care as an influential patient advocate on a collaborative healthcare team.

Deliver Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Care

In this 24-month accelerated program—offered at both our Manchester, NH and Worcester, MA campuses—you will study healthcare issues, special populations, and medical and behavioral science in the classroom and the laboratory. Through collaborative exercises and clinical rotations, you will develop the knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality patient care in a variety of settings. You also will have the opportunity to explore multiple areas of special interest such as pediatrics, women’s health, family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and surgery.

Your 24-Month Journey

Learn from the profession’s top educators, practitioners, and mentors in contemporary patient-assessment laboratories and in some of the nation’s finest healthcare institutions.

First-Year Experience

  • build a strong foundation in key areas such as clinical anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, pharmacology, and general healthcare issues
  • learn the essentials of medical procedures and surgery, emergency medicine, and working with special populations
  • develop deep knowledge of clinical medicine and patient assessment

Second-Year Experience

  • complete clinical rotations in disciplines ranging from pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine to psychiatry, surgery, and women’s health

Physician Assistant Studies faculty and students in the PA Simulation lab.

Doing Well While Doing Good

Professional success and personal satisfaction go hand-in-hand for MCPHS physician assistant studies graduates.

An indomitable MPAS graduate inspired by challenges

Tina Hurly-Manchester, MPAS ’10 discovered the perfect fit in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies—Accelerated program at MCPHS. She also fueled a passion for helping others that has carried her through personal adversity.

read tina's story

$122k average salary

Physician assistant compensation reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2021.

In-Demand Career

Due to their broad contributions to the medical team, the demand for physician assistants is on the rise, with a projected 37% increase in job opportunities through 2026.

Additional Paths for Physician Assistant Studies

MCPHS offers multiple programs in physician assistant studies, including a three-year master’s degree and an online doctoral-level degree.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Three-year full-time graduate program in Boston.

Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Flexible, part-time, and online program.