M.Sc. On Campus

Physician Assistant Studies

Clarkson University

28 months
30882 USD/year
30882 USD/year
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Clarkson University offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree in a 28-consecutive month curriculum. Accredited by the ARC-PA, they graduate high quality and compassionate PAs to successfully pass their certification exam to serve their patients and communities with pride.


If you are ready for that challenge and seek to serve others, we welcome your interest. We invite you to schedule an appointment to visit upstate New York and discuss your potential as a Clarkson PA student. Each fall we host an open house for the public to meet potential incoming first year students.

The Physician Assistant Studies program from Clarkson University continues to be an important part of the coordination required in improving healthcare in the U.S. The U.S. government and multiple other publications continually produce articles and reports that demonstrate the value of PAs and the continuing need for more physician assistants in the future. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Physician Assistants are in the top 10 fastest growing occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physician Assistants).

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Clarkson University Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to prepare exceptional, highly skilled clinicians who actively demonstrate the University's core values of teamwork, caring, integrity, diversity, service, growth and diligence while compassionately providing for the healthcare needs of their communities. 

Program Goals:

  • Produce highly skilled and compassionate health care providers licensed to practice medicine as part of a healthcare team.
  • Establish student competence in medical and evidence-based research through scholarly activity.
  • Develop in students the professionalism, medical knowledge, and clinical skills needed to provide comprehensive care to diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Instill in students the core values of Clarkson University, while fostering a commitment to community service. 

Programme Structure

  • The didactic phase is the preclinical year and spans 13 months.
  • The clinical phase consists of 14 months of supervised clinical education and coursework.
  • The summative phase consists of one month and consists of evaluation and preparation for the future as a graduated physician assistant.
  • The curriculum is structured so that courses from semester two build on courses in semester one, etc. Therefore, opportunities for transfer of credit into the PA Studies curriculum or advanced placement are not available.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 28 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completion of the 10 prerequisites listed below. 
  • Each prerequisite course taken needs to be at least a B or higher. 
  • A minimum overall, prerequisite and science prerequisite GPA of a 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Three letters of reference. One reference needs to be completed by a clinician. It is recommended (but not required) to have a reference from a Professor.  
  • Must have taken the GRE with official results sent to Clarkson University (CASPA code 0285). We do not have a minimum accepted score for the GRE;
  • A minimum of 500 hours of patient care experience must be completed, documented and verifiable at the time of application. 
  • Completion of the CASPer test that assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics important for successful students and graduates of the program and is used to complement the other applicant screening tools. 
  • Ensure the technical standards can be met. Please review the standards prior to applying. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30882 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15441 USD per semester during 28 months.
  • National

    30882 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15441 USD per semester during 28 months.

Living costs for Potsdam

892 - 1945 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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