Physician Assistant Studies

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Yvonne Temple
Tel: 203-365-4731

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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

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.

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.