2024-25 Academic Catalog

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Program Director: Shey Washburn
MSU-Meridian Riley Campus
2214 5th Street
Meridian, MS 39301
Telephone: 601-696-2320
Fax: 601-696-2350
E-mail: PA@meridian.msstate.edu
Website: https://www.meridian.msstate.edu/academics/physician-assistant/

Mississippi State University-Meridian initiated the development of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program after several years of needs assessment and after community support was determined to be strong. Located on the Meridian Campus, the program has access to several highly esteemed Mississippi medical systems. In 2017 The Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning designated MSU-Meridian as the home of the first state-supported Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program in Mississippi.


The Mississippi State University-Meridian Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program will educate highly qualified, competent, healthcare providers who will increase access to care and provide primary care services to the diverse citizens of Mississippi.


Students seeking a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) should acquire a sound foundation in the biological sciences and knowledge of the behavioral and social sciences in high school and college. Because of the increasing use of information technology in medicine, students are strongly encouraged to acquire familiarity with computers. They must have a demonstrated aptitude for scientific study, and, in addition, hands-on experience in healthcare. An awareness of the requirements and characteristics of the practice of medicine as a PA is desirable in reaching a mature decision to pursue a career as a PA.


Mississippi State University-Meridian has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). MSU-Meridian anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2020, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2019 ARC-PA meeting.

Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation - Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

The program will not commence in the event Accreditation - Provisional is not granted. For more information on the developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, please see the program website at https://www.meridian.msstate.edu/academics/physician-assistant/ or contact PA@meridian.msstate.edu.

The program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2020. Applications are accepted through CASPA, the online Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant programs at https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program of Study is a prescribed 108 credit-hour program.

PAS 6016Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Physician Assistant6
PAS 6013Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession3
PAS 6026Patient Assessment for the Physician Assistant6
PAS 6023Clinical Diagnostic Methods for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6012The Art of Medicine for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 6022Clinical Genetics for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 6107Clinical Medicine I for the Physician Assistant7
PAS 6102Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 6103Clinical Decision Making for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6113Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6104Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant4
PAS 6112Research Methods I for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 6208Clinical Medicine II for the Physician Assistant8
PAS 6204Principles of Pharmacology for the Physician Assistant4
PAS 6203Clinical Practice Issues for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6213Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6223Clinical Specialties for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 6202Research Methods II for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 8302Clinical Transitions for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 8308Family Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant8
PAS 8303Pediatric Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8313Women's Health Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8323General Surgery Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8343Behavioral Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8353Emergency Medicine for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8312Summative Experience for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 8301Seminar I for the Physician Assistant1
PAS 8321Seminar II for the Physician Assistant1
PAS 8322Capstone Project for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 8332Seminar III for the Physician Assistant2
PAS 8333Internal Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8363Elective Clinical Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
PAS 8403Preceptorship Rotation for the Physician Assistant3
Total Hours108