Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

A Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree from Carroll University prepares you for a career in one of the most rewarding and fastest growing health care fields. Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed or credentialed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, develop and implement treatment plans, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. Your education will be divided into a year of course work, followed by a year of clinical rotations, providing you with real-world experiences in a variety of areas.

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About the Physician Assistant Studies Program

Carroll University's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program educates physician assistants to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to all. Our graduates are trained to be respectful of patient/client values, committed to ethical principles and remain grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning.

Our program provides you with the skills you’ll need to contribute to the profession and communities, while preparing you to practice medicine in a variety of primary care settings under the supervision of physicians. You’ll also be prepared to provide service to medically underserved communities and diverse patient populations.

Carroll’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is dedicated to your success in the profession. Our goals include:

  • To develop highly-skilled primary care physician assistants who are prepared to demonstrate the medical knowledge necessary to provide optimal patient care
  • To develop highly-skilled primary care physician assistants who are prepared using an interdisciplinary approach and who regularly assess, evaluate and improve their patient care practices
  • To develop highly-skilled primary care physician assistants who are prepared using an interdisciplinary approach and who demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with culturally diverse patients and families, professional associates, and a complex health care system

Program Details

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Program Facilities, Resources and Technology

The opening of Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories in Fall 2016 brought state-of-the-art technology and resources to many of Carroll's programs, including Physician Assistant Studies. New portable technology in the form of laptops and iPads runs state-of-the art anatomy applications. To enhance group learning, students can project from their devices to the several television monitors mounted throughout the classrooms. Anatomical models and laboratory materials are easily accessible through a large storage/preparation room dedicated to anatomy and physiology.

Students now have unlimited access to computer-aided dissections through the use of the Anatomage dissection table. A modern cadaver dissection lab allows students the opportunity to complete research on Carroll's main campus. Read more about the cadaver dissection lab in a recent issue of Carroll University's F1RST magazine.

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Providing Comprehensive Healthcare to All

Carroll University's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is part of the Health Science Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program, an initiative made possible by a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Through the program, Carroll is designing, implementing and evaluating a training model that prepares physician assistants (as well as other health science professionals) to work in a transformed health care delivery system while meeting the primary care needs of Hispanic seniors in Milwaukee.

Through the program, Carroll expands on its existing partnership with Milwaukee’s United Community Center (UCC), a comprehensive social service agency serving predominantly Hispanic families of the city’s south side. Carroll’s MSPAS program students will provide wellness, primary care and health literacy education to seniors and their families at UCC’s Senior Center which is located in a medically underserved area and is in a primary care health professional shortage area. Students will also have opportunities to work on interprofessional teams with physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and/or public health students. Graduates of these programs contribute to the profession and communities and are prepared to practice in a variety of primary care settings including medically underserved communities and diverse patient populations. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T0BHP29989 titled Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Virtual Information Sessions

Join us online for a Q&A session with faculty and admission counselors! Carroll’s PA Program has a history of educating highly skilled and compassionate providers. We will cover everything from admission to clinical rotations.

Latest Program News

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Carroll, Waukesha Free Clinic Celebrate Partnership with Facility Ribbon Cutting

7/31/2020

Carroll University and Waukesha Free Clinic supporters celebrated their partnership and the dedication of the Carroll University Health Services building on July 31.

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Physician Assistant Studies Graduates Have 100% First-Time Pass Rate on PANCE Exam

7/10/2020

All 20 graduating students in Carroll University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program recently passed their Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) resulting in a 100% first-time pass rate for the program. Passing the exam is required before a physician assistant can obtain a license to practice

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For More Information

For more information or with questions about Carroll's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, please contact:

Cindy Holahan, Director of Graduate Admission
262.524.7361 | cholahan@carrollu.edu

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Monika G. Baldridge

Dr. Monika G. Baldridge

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Chair of the Department of Health and Medicine
Dr. James Brandes

Dr. James Brandes

Director of Physician Assistant Studies Program / Clinical Professor
Dr. Margaret Kasimatis

Dr. Margaret Kasimatis

Clinical Associate Professor of Health and Medicine
Kerri Murphy

Kerri Murphy

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Dr. Robert Schellinger

Dr. Robert Schellinger

Medical Director for Physician Assistant Studies Program
Aracelis Miranda Spindt, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Aracelis Miranda Spindt, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Clinical Assistant Professor / Clinical Coordinator of Physician Assistant Studies
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