Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Augsburg’s PA Program is a full-time program that provides a broad, case-based curriculum that focuses on primary care with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations. Our core mission is to train highly capable PAs who will serve the community with uncompromising commitment and compassion.
The Augsburg PA Program was established in 1995 and was the first accredited PA program in Minnesota. Students are trained using an active-learning model which incorporates case-based small group discussions, in-lecture clinical vignettes and hands-on skill-based workshops. In the Clinical Seminar Course, PA students are assigned reading material beforehand and then work with clinicians to synthesize, apply and justify the use of that medical knowledge in small group settings.
Augsburg PAs have a proven track record of success graduates of our PA program consistently pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at a rate that is higher than the national average (click here to view Augsburg s five-year PANCE pass rate).
All of our graduates are employed 3-4 months after graduation and Augsburg PAs continue to be innovative in identifying, and creating new areas for PAs to practice medicine.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Augsburg PA Program. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be Spring 2019. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Between January and June, the PA program hosts information sessions for potential applicants. The sessions run approximately one hour long and provide an overview of the program, a summary of the application process, and a review of the prerequisites PA program requirements. Attendance at each session is limited so that discussion can be facilitated in an effective manner.