Earn Your Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies

Take the next step towards your career as a Physician Assistant and become a leader in health care.

Physician Assistants are in high demand nationwide—and that trend is only increasing as demand for access to convenient, effective healthcare options continues to grow. Ashland University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies prepares you to be an autonomous provider and give world-class care to patients, right when they need it the most.

Take the next step towards your career as a Physician Assistant and experience the excitement and flexibility of working in a wide array of specialties in one of the nation’s top-five fastest-growing positions.

Request Information


Master of science in Physician Assistant Studies

Individualized Attention, Unlimited Opportunities

Our program offers students the opportunity to learn the critical skills necessary for world-class patient care within a team-oriented environment, while also providing you with the skills to work autonomously so you will be equipped to take your national boards and step into the workforce directly after graduation.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a practice-focused degree track that prepares PAs to function within a diverse healthcare environment. Through a curriculum grounded in evidence-based medicine and taught by faculty with decades of experience in the medical field, you will learn to confidently practice patient-centered care and exercise cultural humility throughout your career in medicine.

Hands on Training for Your Future Career

In six consecutive semesters, this full-time program offers hands-on training from day one in our state-of-the-art simulation labs. You will complete the first three semesters in a face-to-face educational environment, then in your last three you will transition to a health care setting to complete your Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences.

In our continued commitment to providing individualized attention for each student, Ashland University has partnered with medical systems across the state to give our students access to real-life learning environments designed to prepare you for work within a wide variety of environments and specialties. With hundreds of preceptors committed to Ashland University’s PA program, you will learn alongside well established physicians and physician assistants in an array of settings and disciplines, to prepare you for a future of excellence in compassionate and highly-competent patient care.

Learn From Experienced Faculty

Learn from educators with decades of experience in diverse areas of practice and gain insight into potential specialty tracks that align with your interests and goals. Whether you aspire is to work within a team health system or build a PA owned medical practice, our faculty can provide you with the support you need to achieve your objective.

Ashland University’s Physician Assistant program, with the benefit of being located directly between Columbus and Cleveland, has formed agreements with hundreds of providers throughout Ohio to serve as preceptors during the clinical year of the program. Our goal in partnering with each of these health systems is to provide you with a diverse experience across the disciplines of medicine, along with involving you in a variety of patient populations and clinical settings to prepare you to be practice ready upon graduation from our program.

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Physician Assistant Master’s Program

The Benefits of Ashland University’s Physician Assistant Master’s Program

What to Expect of Ashland University's Physician Assistant Program

Upon the completion of the program as a Physician Assistant you will be equipped to:

  • Apply knowledge from basic, clinical and social sciences to the diagnosis and management of specific diagnoses across all ages and patient populations
  • Use interpersonal skills to communicate clearly and effectively in verbal, nonverbal and written forms to patients across the lifespan, family, and members of healthcare teams
  • Elicit an accurate and pertinent medical history across the patient lifespan
  • Perform a comprehensive and problem-focused physical exam
  • Integrate age-related factors, growth, and human development milestones into clinical reasoning and decision-making processes
  • Order and interpret diagnostic studies to assist in the evaluation and treatment of the patient
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis based upon historical information, physical exam, laboratory, and diagnostic study findings
  • Design personalized patient therapeutic management plans that consider cost, efficacy, possible adverse reactions and contraindications that include pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, monitoring, and referrals
  • Assume specialized roles in advanced clinical practice
  • Communicate the findings of a clinical encounter in written and oral forms to all members of the health care team
  • Deliver evidence-based education to patients, and their family on the health care plan and clinical therapies and results, preventative health and public health
  • Use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to integrate up to date scientific evidence, patient preferences, and clinical judgment to make informed decisions about the care of the patient
  • Perform common medical and surgical procedures
  • Demonstrate professionalism including principles of integrity and ethical decision making, sensitivity, and responsiveness in all interactions with patients, families and health care teams


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ashland University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Ashland University.
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.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

About Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual ” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

Take the Next Step Towards Your Future