Physician Assistant Studies

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Department Location

Tandet Center
4 Hospital Plaza
Stamford, CT 06904

Program Chair

Teresa Thetford, DHSc, MS, PA-C
Clinical Associate Professor 
Tel: 203-989-9237

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Sacred Heart University's College of Health Professions offers a Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree as a full-time, 27-month, 123-credit program.

The MPAS program prepares individuals to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician, in compliance with the PA Profession Competencies described and accepted by the profession. For more information on the PA profession competencies, visit the NCCPA website.

The SHU MPAS program is designed to prepare future professionals to work as generalist PAs. MPAS graduates will be educated to provide compassionate, respectful, high-quality healthcare, and have proficiency in the competencies as described by the profession PA Competencies. After completing the program and successfully passing the PA National Certification Exam, graduates of the SHU MPAS Program will qualify to work in any of the 50 states as a certified PA (PA-C). The PA-C must then apply for and obtain state licensure in the state they wish to work.

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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Sacred Heart University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sacred Heart 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.

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Graduate Students and Faculty Explore Educational Opportunities in Uganda

April 11, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Faculty members and graduate students from Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions and College of Nursing visited Kampala, Uganda, recently to investigate potential educational opportunities for students studying to be physician assistants and family nurse practitioners.

New Programs Offered, Providing More Choices and Opportunities to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

December 9, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University is continuing 53 years of growth with new majors, minors, degrees and concentrations for graduate and undergraduate students.

Sacred Heart University Celebrates Inaugural Physician Assistant Program During Physician Assistant Week

October 7, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University celebrated the opening of its Physician Assistant studies program at Stamford Hospital’s newly renovated Tandet Center on the 50th anniversary of the physician assistant profession. Students, faculty, SHU administrators, Stamford Hospital administrators and city officials gathered on the lawn in front of the Tandet Center on a sunny afternoon to celebrate the accredited program and the state-of-the-art building where it’s housed.