Want to be a vital part of improving the quality of healthcare?

Here within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, we are committed to integrating the most current and effective instructional strategies, technology, and learning experiences to best prepare our students to meet the present and future healthcare needs of the region and the nation.

With a primary goal to reduce suffering and empower our patients to lead lives of greater contentment, we focus on faculty, student and patient contentment throughout the PA program. In so doing, it is our goal to assist students in not only developing into stellar, competent, compassionate and mission-focused PAs, but also to become better at “being”.

The E&H School of Health Sciences Dean and Department of PA Students Staff and Faculty accomp...The E&H School of Health Sciences Dean and Department of PA Students Staff and Faculty accompanying the MPAS Program Class of 2019 students for a group shot in front of our main building on the Marion campus.

Program Highlights

Student-Centric and Mission-Focused…

Our Program is all about the student and the patient!

Here are some of the highlights that separate our program from other programs: 


  • Begin clinical experiences very first week of the program
  • Student-centric program with small class size
  • Student leadership involvement in program
  • Emphasis on rural primary care for the underserved
  • Evidence-based teaching and evaluation methods with emphasis on case-based & experiential learning
  • Team-based learning (active learning!)
  • Evidence-based curriculum, modularized by organ system (course alignment so when studying for one course you are studying for other courses)
  • Robust, built-in remediation strategies
  • Clinical activities embedded throughout the didactic phase of the program
  • New state-of-the-art facilities including 10 room simulation suite with both standardized patient examination rooms and high-fidelity simulation mannequin hospital room and dedicated state-of-the-art cadaver lab


How We Promote Student Learning  

Here at the Emory & Henry College Master of Physician Assistant Program, we take our jobs seriously. We promote student and faculty success and excellent patient care as our primary intentions.

  • We strive to ensure mastery of information in each and every module for each and every student.
  • Students will begin on-site clinical experiences in the first week of their program at the Mel Leaman Free Clinic at Emory & Henry College.
  • We will employ active learning, team-based, case-based teaching strategies promoting the concretization of material and critical thinking applications. 
  • Every module includes standardized patient and/or high-fidelity mannequin encounters in addition to actual clinical encounters.
  • Our exams are PANCE—like and exam items are mapped to our instructional and learning objectives following a similar style as the PANCE blueprints.
  • With robust, built-in remediation processes and protocols - attached to every written and practical examination - we hope to identify and address weaknesses from the first exam right through graduation.
In, short, beyond our stellar experiential activities, conducted throughout all phases of the Program, we also implement mindful active learning strategies that are purposive, holistic, reflective, complex, engaging, collaborative, and case-based.

Additionally, and based on our review of other programs, we are among the very few or only programs to offer:

  • Two full semesters of training in psychiatry/behavioral medicine
  • Three semesters of physiology/pathophysiology coursework modularized by organ system coinciding with clinical medicine coursework
  • Three semesters of pharmacology/pharmacotherapy coursework modularized by organ system coinciding with clinical medicine coursework
  • Three semesters of training in mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practices in healthcare
  • Along with other core rotations, all students also complete required cardiology/pulmonology rotation & hospice/palliative rotation