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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Boston University




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The Boston University Master of Science (MS) degree will be conferred upon those students who successfully complete the 28-month Physician Assistant (PA) Program. This professional degree program, housed in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, is the first educational program for master’s-prepared medical providers at the BU School of Medicine. The academic program is divided into didactic and clinical phases. The first 12 months of didactic training, comprised largely of traditional lectures, seminar sessions, and laboratories, provides the basic and clinical sciences foundation requisite for medical practice as a physician assistant. Principles of clinical research are taught in the first semester and reinforced with journal clubs throughout the first and second year. Important clinical skills such as history-taking, physical examination and basic surgical skills are introduced and practiced during the first year. The second phase of the program is comprised of both clinical clerkships and the thesis proposal/research project. The clerkships engage students in clinical practice in inpatient (hospital), outpatient (clinics and community health centers), operating room, and emergent medical settings. The thesis project requires students to develop a comprehensive research proposal related to clinical practice, health policy, or workforce.

The PA Program is designed as an intensive, full-time program; students who need additional time to complete the program may be accommodated under very limited circumstances. All of the curriculum elements listed below are required for successful completion of the program. While we have many elective clerkships from which to choose, all students must complete five electives in order to graduate from the program. Consistent with physician assistant programs in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) national licensing examination.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Science in Physician Assistant.

Full Time (28 months)

Tuition fees

$54,720.00 (40,10,943) per year


02 Sep


School of Medicine

72 East Concord Street,



02118, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants who have completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university.

The minimum score range requirement for TOEFL is 90-100,depending on the program, with a minimum of 20 in each section.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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