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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Physicians Assistant Program


MCP Prerequisites



(Please note: This information is subject to change)


Physician Assistant Program

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Master’s Completion Distance Learning Program

Application Information, Requirements and Checklist

Admission Criteria:

All applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.


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 and 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 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.


A copy of the current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) must be submitted along with the application.


A copy of the applicant’s current personal professional liability coverage or coverage by an employer has to 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)

$ 560               Tuition plus additional 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 if applying electronically.  Applicants submitting a paper application must pay by personal check, cashier’s check or money order made out to SIUC and payable through a United States Bank.”  Application fee, tuition and activity fees are subject to change annually, by University Board of Trustees.


The tuition will be billed after an applicant is accepted into the program.  Applicant 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.


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.


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.


- Application does not guarantee admission to the PA Program -

-  Since this information is periodically updated, always use the official website below -

Please contact the SIUC PA Program for a final list of prerequisites and other information.  Also, check online periodically at for updated information as it is released.  Our academic advisor can be contacted at     


 Master’s Completion Program

(30 credit hours, 12 months)


This option is for those students who are PA-Cs and hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited PA Program and NCCPA certification.  Interested candidates must be admitted to the Graduate School and complete an application to the Master’s Completion Program (MCP) available through the PA Program advisor at .


            Students are awarded the MSPA degree upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.  Students enrolled in the Master’s Completion Program may complete the program via distance education with periodically scheduled seminars on campus, as required by the course syllabi.  Descriptions of individual courses below may be found in the Course Descriptions section. 


Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Completion Program (MCP), College of Applied Sciences and Arts


Requirements for Master’s Completion Program

            First Year Sequence……………………………………………22

                        Physician Assistant 540, 547, 548, 549, 599

            Second Year Sequence………………………………………… 8

                        Physician Assistant 545, 599



Master’s Completion Program Curricular Guide

Semester 1 – Fall - 10 credit hours

PA 547-4 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Medicine (S/U)

PA 548-4 Medicine in Practice ( S/U)

PA 599-2 Master’s Seminar (S/U)


Semester 2 – Spring - 12 credit hours

PA 540-4 Ethical Issues in PA Practice (Gr)

PA 549-4 Medicine in Practice (  )

PA 599-4 Masters Seminar (S/U)


Semester 3 – Summer - 8 credit hours

PA 545-3 Health Care Systems (Gr)

PA 599-5 Master’s Seminar (S/U)

All MCP students register for section 2 of PA 599.


A limited number of electives are available to PA students:

PA 585 – Independent Study – 1-6 credit hours – S/U

PA 508 – Holistic Medicine – 1-3 credit hours – S/U


PA 601 – Continuing Enrollment is available for one credit hour to students who have completed all other Program coursework but are in the process of completing their Master’s project.


Revised By: fjk 5/10


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