Become a clinician who leads with integrity and heals with compassion.

Physician assistants provide patient-centered medical care services while working under the supervision of a physician. They interpret X-rays and blood tests, examine patients, and treat a wide range of conditions. As highly trained health professionals, physician assistants are clinically and intellectually competent, committed to professional growth, and equipped with essential communication and critical-thinking skills.

Become a Valpo Physician Assistant.

At Valpo, you’ll develop essential skills in critical thinking, communication, leadership, and patient care. We’re committed to educating physician assistants for supervised medical practice in a variety of health care settings. You’ll benefit from the College of Nursing and Health Profession’s interdisciplinary curriculum and opportunities to study, work, and perform research abroad. In our five-year B.S./M.S. program, you’ll prepare for a career as a well-rounded, compassionate clinician who promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention worldwide.

Unique to the Valpo PA program, enrolled students are guaranteed entry into the professional/graduate MSPA program, provided all progression and retention criteria are met and Accreditation-Provisional status is granted.

Valparaiso University has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Valparaiso University anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2018, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2018 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.

In the event that provisional accreditation is not received, the program will not commence. This does not affect the 3 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science undergraduate portion.

Physician assistants treat millions of people in a variety of health care settings — from offices, clinics, and hospitals to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and military health centers. In very high demand, this field is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the United States Department of Labor. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report listed physician assistant as one of the top 15 careers, with a median salary of $90,000.

With a Valpo physician assistant graduate degree, you’ll be prepared to practice in almost all fields of medicine including:

  • Primary Care (Family/Internal Medicine)
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery

In the five-year physician assistant studies program, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

This accelerated, challenging program is for students entering Valparaiso University as a first-semester freshman.

During your first three years, your pre-professional courses will include liberal arts, preparatory science, and health care, and you’ll finish with a BSHS at the end of year three. In the professional/graduate phase, you’ll develop core physician assistant competencies and work in the field, earning an MSPA at the end of year five.

Throughout your courses, you’ll develop skills in primary care, critical thinking, communication, patient care, safety/quality, leadership, and ethics/community leadership. Valpo prepares each student to:

  • Be an effective communicator and diagnostician,
  • Interview patients to establish a history and perform a physical exam,
  • Develop a working diagnosis and initial treatment plan,
  • Treat patients with care and compassion, and
  • Interact with patients from diverse backgrounds.

Graduates from the five-year program must complete Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) to become certified and eligible for a license to practice as a Physician Assistant.

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College of Nursing and Health Professions

Janet Brown, Ph.D., R.N., Dean
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Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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