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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Physicians Assistant Program


MCP Application Information

Physician Assistant Program

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Master’s Completion Distance Learning Program


Application Information, Requirements and Checklist

The advantages of having a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies are increasing every day and so are the monetary and personal rewards.  Therefore, more and more practicing Physician Assistants (PA) are registering to take the Master’s Completion Program (MCP).  Since these professionals are working a demanding job already, on-campus classes for graduate study poses many problems; and, in some cases, makes it impossible.  That is why this program has been instituted.  It provides an avenue to obtain the MCP in a fair length of time, that is affordable and without the undue hardship of displacement and long distance travel. Upon completion of this Program, the student will earn a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA).

All applicants must be a graduate of an accredited PA Program, hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and be employed in a clinical position.

The applicant must have obtained a cumulative GPA for the Bachelor’s coursework of least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

If received, a copy of the current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) should be submitted along with the application.

A copy of the applicant’s current personal professional liability coverage or coverage by an employer must be provided.

A copy of the applicant’s current State Physician Assistance License must be provided.

The applicant must provide three letters of reference that verifies strong ethical and professional character.

$ 50                 Non-refundable application fee (subject to annual increase without notice)
$ 582               Tuition plus activity fees per credit hour (see Graduate Catalogue)

This program requires a $50.00 application fee that must be submitted with the application for admission to graduate study in the PA Program.  Applicants may pay this fee by credit card when applying online to the Graduate School electronically.  Application fee, tuition and activity fees are subject to change annually by the University Board of Trustees. PA Program students from border states will not receive a decrease in tuition and must pay the higher rate.

The tuition will be billed after an applicant is accepted into the program.  Applicants will be notified if there are other charges and fees for which they are responsible.  Notification will also be given if the Program provides related materials.  Applicants should contact the Financial Aid Office at (618) 453-4334 for more detailed information on loans, grants, etc.  Bursar bills are no longer mailed.  The student must check their account balances using Saluki-Net.

The application process will follow the regular University calendar.  The Admissions Committee will review all applications, and a letter will be mailed notifying the applicant of the Committee’s decision.  If other information is needed, the applicant will be contacted.  Upon acceptance, the applicant will be sent all necessary coursework materials and notified as to their start date.

To receive a degree, all assignments, including clinical time records, patient logs, preceptor evaluations, reports on health issues and ethics, and other work, must be received by the Program as described in the syllabi.  An official letter will be sent to notify the student that the MCP has been earned.  This same letter will serve as proof that all work towards the degree is completed.  Official certificates will be mailed at a later date so make sure that the address you are providing the Program is a correct one.

Request forms from the Academic Advisor, complete them and submit the following so that the application process will be considered complete:


Application deadline is June 1st of each year; or by consent of the Program.

Thank you for your interest in our Program.  If you have any questions, please contact the MCP Academic Advisor at (618) 453-5527 or by e-mail at

Application does not guarantee admission to the MCP.
The following check list must be completed and sent along with all other application materials in one envelope to the PA Program Academic Advisor during the open application process.


Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Physician Assistant Program
Master’s Completion Distance Learning Program

Application Checklist

Please make sure that you have completed each step and included the necessary items in one envelope as you make application to the MCP.


Name: ____________________________________________ Date: ________________
Application materials will not be accepted after the June 1st deadline if Program consent has not been obtained.  Please check off each of the above items as they are completed. Then include all information in one envelope along with this signed form and mail to:

Academic Advisor
SIU SOM PA Program
Mailcode 6516
Carbondale, IL  62901

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