Physician Assistant Studies

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Michael Fraser
Tel: 203-365-4716

Department Location

Tandet Center
4 Hospital Plaza
Stamford, CT 06902

Department 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.

Latest News & Events

First Physician Assistant Graduates Ready for Workforce

February 14, 2019

In December, Sacred Heart University realized a goal that was five years in the making when the students in its first physician assistant (PA) program graduated. Twenty-six students received their degrees after completing an intense, 27-month program comprising 12 months of classroom work, followed by a 15-month clinical phase, fulfilling 2,000 hours of experience in medical specialties. They worked tirelessly at a renovated, state-of-the-art facility, the Tandet Center, adjacent to Stamford Hospital, where they learned and excelled. All students completed clinical rotations at Stamford Hospital and other SHU-affiliated health-care sites.

Sacred Heart’s First Physician Assistant Class Graduates

December 12, 2018

Students, faculty and staff celebrated the academic successes of Sacred Heart University’s inaugural master of physician assistant class at an intimate commencement ceremony last week. The 26 students in the cohort, who spent the last 27 months in intense courses and clinical work, sat in the front row of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts listening to the encouraging and congratulatory words of professors and guest speakers.

Physician Assistant Studies Inaugural Class of 2018 Graduation

December 5, 2018

Save the date for the Physician Assistant Studies Inaugural Class of 2018 Graduation on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with reception immediately following, in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.