School of Physician Assistant Studies

Working with state-of-the art equipment and full-time faculty experts, MCPHS students build a strong foundation in a high-demand profession.

Preparing Students for the #1 Career in Healthcare

U.S. News & World Report has ranked physician assistant as the best career in healthcare. AT MCPHS, students have the advantage of pursuing this profession at a university with deep roots and expertise in virtually all the healthcare professions. They work in state-of-the-art simulation labs with faculty who are leaders in the field. And they leverage MCPHS’s powerful connections to world-renowned healthcare organizations.

Assuming Key Roles in Advancing Healthcare

The Physician Assistant Studies programs at MCPHS are dedicated to educating qualified professionals to assist in conducting—and shaping—the best practices of contemporary healthcare.

Interprofessional and Collaborative

Our interprofessional educational model fosters the integration of MCPHS’s many health-professions programs and encourages students to reach across disciplines and collaborate with those in other fields.

A 360-Degree Education

MCPHS programs promote the intellectual skills, collaborative mindset, professional attitudes, and ethical values central to the delivery of expert and compassionate healthcare.

Simulation Labs

Our on-campus patient assessment laboratories feature advanced equipment, giving students a practical and immersive education.

Convenient Options

MCPHS offers several degrees in physician assistant studies, including a six-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree, an accelerated master’s degree, and a doctoral-level degree.

Diverse Clinical Experiences

Through a challenging series of supervised rotations, students gain experience in surgery, women's health, psychiatry, pediatrics, and internal and emergency medicine.

Healthcare and Biotech Hub

MCPHS partners with some of the most influential healthcare organizations in the world—some only a short distance from our campuses.

Stats and Facts

MCPHS adds up to be a strategic choice for a career as a physician assistant.


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News and Features

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Experience the MCPHS School of Physician Assistant Studies

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

Explore the Field of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician assistants, or PAs, are vital members of the healthcare delivery system, often acting as primary care providers or medical specialists in doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals.

Industry Leaders with a Passion for Teaching

For MCPHS faculty, cutting-edge scholarship and professional affiliations go hand in hand with instruction and mentoring.

Alicia Kelley

Alicia Kelley

Program Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies

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Kristy Altongy-Magee

Kristy Altongy-Magee

Program Director PAS Manchester/Worcester

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Nicole Dettmann

Nicole Dettmann

Associate Program Director, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Education

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Nancy Hurwitz

Nancy Hurwitz

Director of Clinical Education & Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

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John Kelly

Clinical Associate Professor and Medical Director

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Craig Hricz

Craig Hricz

Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director

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