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Physician Assistant Studies, MPAS

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Master of Physician Assistant Studies program (MPAS) is designed for practicing physician assistants (PAs) to earn a masters degree through post-professional education. Students gain knowledge and skills beyond the baccalaureate-level physician assistant program.

Qualified candidates work with an adviser to develop a plan of study that tailors the students clinical and educational background with their professional goals.

Students choose the online Physician Assistant, MPAS program to:

  • Learn current concepts in the areas of health care policy and medical ethics.
  • Improve research skills by investigating a medical topic and presenting the results in a scientific paper.
  • Acquire new competencies and skills by completing supervised clinical practice in their place of employment.
  • Become prepared to provide the highest level of patient care achievable.
  • Complete their masters degree utilizing distance learning technologies which allow students to work in their profession while completing their degree.

The program can be completed in 5 semesters. However, students are allowed up to five years to complete the DAO. Upon completion of the program, physician assistants are awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Note: The program utilizes distance learning as its method and requires no physical presence or resident time on the UNMC campus. It is, therefore, neither a residency program nor an entry-level program. Consequently, it is not accredited by, or being considered for accreditation by the ARC-PA since the ARC-PA does not currently consider "transition" programs under their purview.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Graduate from an accredited PA program and possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  2. A license/certificate required

    Current or prior certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

  3. Present a professional PA program GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

  4. Provide evidence of current state PA license (military or federal employees exempt)

  5. Identify an approved supervisor who agrees to be your preceptor for the duration of your enrollment in the program

  6. Present evidence of personal professional liability coverage

  7. Must be employed in a clinical or educational role (PA's employed full-time or part-time can qualify)

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Submit the application for admission online
  • Send the supporting documents through mail
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
May 16
Spring Semester
September 30
Summer Sessions
February 1

In order to complete the program in five semesters, students must complete one didactic course each semester combined with one course from the clinical track. The courses required to complete the program are listed below:

Didactic Courses

  • CAHP 626 Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking 3 credit hours
  • CAHP 631 Health Care Management 3 credit hours
  • PHAS 680 Health Care Policy 3 credit hours
  • PHAS 682 Clinical Inquiry and Writing 3 credit hours
  • PHAS 790 Masters Project 4 credit hours
Clinical Track Courses
  • PHAS 785 Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice I 4 credit hours
  • PHAS 786 Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice II 4 credit hours
  • PHAS 787 Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice III 4 credit hours
  • PHAS 788 Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice IV 4 credit hours
  • PHAS 789 Advanced Supervised Clinical Practice V 4 credit hours
Note: To complete the clinical track of this program, students are required to complete and document a total of 800 clinical hours (160 hours each semester) in a specific concentration area. Your concentration area should be based on the type of clinic/practice in which you are employed (i.e., family medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, etc.). Each semester is 14-16 weeks in length.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CAHP 626Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking3

Course Number: CAHP 626

This course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment. At the same time, this course is intended to provide a broad context to the daily issues of professional life, and to present the historical richness of the debates over ethical issues. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

CAHP 631Health Care Management3

Course Number: CAHP 631

This course introduces allied health students and practitioners to the concepts of organizational theory and behavior as they apply to health care. The topics to be covered include self identification, the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management and organizational culture and change. The course also includes the principles of financial management, risk management, and the processes of hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees. The concepts of quality improvement will be applied in a quality improvement project along with literature reviews to support the project. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

PHAS 680Health Care Policy3

Course Number: PHAS 680

The purpose of the course of study in this area is to give the student an opportunity to focus his/her attention on how the health care system works. Completion of the assignment is intended to review with the student the basic principles of health policy so that the student will have a clearer, more systematic way of thinking about health care in the United States, its problems, and the alternatives for managing these problems. Most of the principles also apply to the understanding of health care systems in other nations. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

PHAS 682Clinical Inquiry and Writing3

Course Number: PHAS 682

This course focuses on common concepts and methodology involved in clinical research. Students learn to critique published clinical research for application to clinical practice. Topics include evidence-based medicine, elements of credible research, applied statistical concepts, research article critiques, integrative literature and applications of clinical research. The skills required to develop an independent research review project are developed, preparing the student for the writing project required for the Masters of PA Studies degree. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

PHAS 790Master's Project4

Course Number: PHAS 790

This course provides the student with a research review and writing experience that demonstrates excellent research interpretation, organization and communication skills in exploring a relevant, focused, clinical or professional topic related to high quality health care delivery. The submission of the Capstone Project in the form of a research paper is a requirement for obtaining the Master’s degree through the Degree Advancement Option (DAO) Program. Prerequisites: PHAS 682

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $516.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $557.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1548.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1671.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $516.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $557.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1548.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1671.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $100 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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