School of Physician Assistant Studies
Kean University's School of Physician Assistant Studies trains future Physician Assistants (PAs) to be medical professionals who can provide excellent medical care across health care disciplines and settings. Physician assistants work in doctors' offices, hospitals, out-patient clinics and other health care settings, often serving as principal healthcare providers with the ability to diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans and prescribe medication to those in their care.
They work collaboratively as part of a medical team and positively impact outcomes by improving access to and the overall quality of healthcare services patients receive.The physician assistant's role in our modern health care industry is significant, showing increased demand and predicted growth of 31% through 2028 (according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Kean offers a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree that is a 29-month, 105-credit-hour program where students are immersed in rigorous didactic and clinical training. It is a full-time program, completed as a cohort. It includes coursework in medical and behavioral sciences and ethics, along with over 2000 hours of clinical rotation in different medical and surgical disciplines from emergency medicine to pediatrics to psychiatry. Program graduates will be prepared to provide evidence-based, holistic healthcare treatments and effectively utilize the latest medical technologies.
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The Kean University Physician Assistant Studies program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The PA program anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2021 (Fall semester), pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2021 ARC-PA meeting.
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.
In the event that the PA program does not receive Accreditation - Provisional status, the program will not start as planned. The class anticipated to matriculate in September 2021 will receive a full refund of any deposit or tuition paid. Please note that the application fee of $75.00 is non-refundable.
For more information regarding accreditation, please see the ARC-PA website: http://www.arc-pa.org
The program will start accepting applications in mid-August 2020. Graduates of an accredited program are recognized for licensure in all 50 states.