Physician Assistant Studies

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Kathleen Farmer
Tel: 203-365-7642

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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

Physician Assistant Program’s First Class Dons Its White Coats

September 29, 2017

Students in the inaugural class of Sacred Heart University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program marked a significant milestone in their education when they received their white laboratory coats recently. The White Coat and Pinning Ceremony, which took place in SHU’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit, recognized the students’ transition from classroom to clinical training.

Physician Assistant Student One of Only 14 in U.S. to Receive Student Health Policy Fellowship

September 20, 2017

Sarah Bailey, who is seeking a master’s degree in physician assistant studies (MPAs) at Sacred Heart University, is one of only a handful of students in the country participating in this year’s Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Student Health Policy Fellowship. Through her fellowship, Bailey will attend a three-day intensive workshop in Washington, D.C. this month. There, she will engage in advocacy on Capitol Hill, learning the skills necessary to advance health policy issues and promote the physician assistant (PA) profession as a vital part of the health care system.

Sacred Heart University to Celebrate Opening of Center for Healthcare Education

August 4, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.