Chatham University

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Curriculum

All physician assistant studies courses are limited to physician assistant studies students, unless permission is obtained from the program director.

The Chatham University MPAS Program is dedicated to producing knowledgeable, compassionate, ethical, and clinically skillful graduates who are ready to provide health care services to all persons without exclusion and who are willing to become the future leaders and educators of the profession. This will be accomplished by:

  • Providing a student-centered curriculum which promotes self-directed and lifelong learning as well as professionalism and service;
  • Educating competent physician assistants to practice as primary care providers to all populations;
  • Contributing to the advancement of knowledge in medicine and physician assistant education;
  • Encouraging students to serve local, national, and international communities through active involvement in service-oriented programs for medically underserved populations;
  • Involving students in inter-professional activities and encouraging the development of team skills and an appreciation of team-based, patient-centered care and
  • Promoting participation in professional organizations and the education of future PAs.

The curriculum is a 24 month (85 semester credits) professional course of study leading to the MPAS degree. Basic medical sciences, research, clinical methods, and clinical experiences are integrated from the beginning of the program and continued throughout the course of study.

The program produces physician assistants capable of providing primary medical care in an ethical, legal, safe, and caring manner. To achieve this, students must acquire knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge in the practice of medicine. Students are expected to consistently retrieve and apply their knowledge appropriately in the area of their patients and reason effectively. Self-directed learning skills are necessary in order to keep their knowledge current. Self-knowledge, knowledge and understanding of others and continued professional development beyond the degree are necessary for success.

Chatham University utilizes hybrid model of Problem-Based Learning, lecture, and on-line activity that challenges students to be self-directed and prepares students for the evidence-based, problem-oriented world of clinical medicine. Through actual patient cases, students develop learning issues and research topics using the most up to date resources, work in teams and receive feedback on knowledge base as well as professionalism to prepare them for primary care, problem-focused clinical practice.

The MPAS program is competency-based, requiring all students to master the required material. The grading system is pass/fail. Any student receiving a failing grade may remediate the course work with the approval of the respective instructor of record.

A student in the MPAS program must be in good academic standing to remain enrolled in the program. To be eligible for graduation, students must be in good academic standing and successfully complete all required courses.


The MPAS program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). Only graduates of an accredited program are permitted to sit for the certification examination, which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Program Requirements