Graduate Programs

Master of Science

in Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree is a 24-month program which begins in July is divided into didactic and clinical sections. The didactic portion of the program will include a combination of basic science courses and laboratories as well as classes and laboratories in the applied medical sciences. This portion of our physician assistant course requirements will occur during the first 12 months (year 1) of the program. Year 2 of the program will include nine 5-week clinical rotations with the supervision of licensed clinical preceptors. A critical review of the medical literature is also required.

Application Information


PA faculty helping a student

The next application cycle will open on April 29, 2021 for students starting in the Summer of 2022.  

Start your journey towards a rewarding Physician Assistant career in West Virginia or anywhere you would like to practice here with us at West Liberty University. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Program Format

Year 1 (Begins in July)

  • Four terms (11 and 12 weeks)
  • 60 semester hours

Year 2

  • Nine 5-week clinical rotations
  • 45 semester hours


Qualities that are consistent with the standards set forth by ARC-PA, and medical practice:

  • Integrity
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment to life-long learning and service
  • Practical knowledge

These are cornerstones within the physician assistant profession and are the framework upon which the West Liberty University program is based.

Admissions Requirements for Class of 2024 (classes begin July, 2022)

Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of the applicant’s academic record, personal statement, previous medical experience, letters of recommendation, and the formal interview (see prerequisites)

More about Physician Assistants

A physician assistant (PA) is a state licensed healthcare professional who practices medicine with physician collaboration. PAs are able to perform an extensive range of medical services from entry-level primary care to highly technical specialty procedures in nearly every medical and surgical healthcare setting. In some rural and underserved communities, PAs may serve as the primary providers of healthcare.

Because of the close working relationship that PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in a medical school model.  The original concept was to train PAs as primary care providers who could practice with the collaboration and direction but not necessarily in the presence, of a physician.  Primary care remains the foundation of physician assistant education and training, while specialty training is obtained on-the-job or with some post-graduate clinical programs.

All PAs must graduate from a nationally accredited (ARC-PA) program, pass a national certification exam (NCCPA) and be licensed by a state medical board before being able to practice with physician collaboration.  Collaboration standards are controlled by legislation and medical licensing boards and vary from state to state.  Further, to maintain national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a re-certification exam every ten years.

Your Future as a Physician Assistant

Percent Change in Employment 2028

Physician AssistantsPhysician Assistants31% Health diagnosing & treatingHealth diagnosing & treating13% All OccupationsAll Occupations5% source:
Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the growing and aging population. Growth of the population means more need for healthcare services generally, and members of the large baby boom generation will require more medical care as they age. Source:


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Physician Assistant Studies Program

Phone: 304-336-5098
Fax: 304-336-8868
EMAIL:  [email protected]

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