SIU SOM Physician Assistant
Master’s Completion Program
(Web-based distance learning)
The physician assistant profession has experienced sharp growth over the past decade. This lead to a competitive job market where having an advanced degree is advantageous. Practicing physician assistants are looking for ways to obtain a Master’s degree that will allow them to continue working without having to return to a campus. The Physician Assistant Program in the School of Medicine at Southern Illinois University recognizes the need for such a program and is offering a Masters Completion Program (MCP) which will award the graduate with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) Degree. Students in the Master’s Completion Program will learn the latest trends in health care policy and medical ethics, as well as the new trends in medicine. The student will also gain exposure to evidence based research and scientific writing.
Note to Potential Students
Students enrolled are required to complete the Master’s Seminar. This seminar is a longitudinal course required each semester of enrollment that is designed to equip the student with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to design and complete a clinically-based Master’s Research Project. Students apply strategies previously learned in the Research Methods/Evidence Based Medicine Course. The Master’s Seminar culminates with a presentation and defense of the completed Master’s Research Project.
The MCP is a 30 credit hour, 12 month program. A list and/or description of individual courses may be found in the online Course Description section of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Graduate Catalog and elsewhere on this website.
This option was developed for those students who are PAs and hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Students enrolled in the MCP will complete the program via distance education with periodically scheduled seminars on campus and proctored exams, as per requirements stated in each of the course syllabi.
Applications for the MCP are accepted until June 1st of each year. There is a $50.00 non-refundable application fee (subject to change without notice) and admission to the Program will be in the fall semester of each year. The MCP schedule follows SIU’s regular semester calendar for fall, spring, and summer. The dates listed on the University’s website for the Graduate School (http://www.gradschool.siu.edu) are observed by this Program also.
PA Program students from border states will not receive the University’s tuition decrease. Subsequently, they will pay the higher rate.
Upon successful completion of this Program, a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) is awarded.
Academic advisement for those interested in the SIU Master’s Completion Program in
Physician Assistant Studies is provided by the Program Academic Advisor. The Advisor can be reached by calling (618) 453-5527 or preferably by e-mail at