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Master of Physician Assistant

The Master of Physician Assistant (PA) program at Wichita State University offers a vigorous 26-month graduate program that prepares students to function as generalists, who possess a wide array of knowledge in primary care. Students in this program are required to demonstrate a range of physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities and skills necessary to perform successfully in various clinical situations.

During the course of this program, students are trained and educated to serve where healthcare need is greatest; this includes underserved populations, in rural areas, and with minorities and older adults.

Key Program Features

  • Complete in a short length of time. The PA program has a locked schedule completion of only 26 months.
  • Obtain clinical rotation experience. Students are given the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real hospital setting.
  • Expand research potential. Since 2007, WSU PA students have co-authored with faculty in the form of 26 journal articles, 6 book chapters, and 39 professional presentations, winning state and national research awards.
  • Exceed employer expectations. Employers rank our students high on medical knowledge (4.8/5), patient management skills (4.8/5), leadership (4.5/5), and patient interaction (4.5/5)

Program Facts

Program Entry Point Summer
Program Length 26-months; 1st year didactic and 2nd year clinical rotation
Study Plan Options Full-time, lock step, Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
CASPA Application Deadline Complete and Verified by October 1st
Class Size 48
Application Ratio 10:1
Minimum GPA to apply 3.00 and a science prerequisite GPA of 3.00 and above
Average GPA of applicants 3.50
Average GPA of accepted students 3.60
Average age range of students 26-40 years old
Examinations Not required: GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
Degrees required

Bachelor’s degree in any field + program prerequisites

Professional Certification(s)
and License(s) needed to practice

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)