Physician Assistant

Southern Illinois University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Physician Assistant program at Southern Illinois University utilizes a problem-based learning curriculum and clinical rotations to prepare primary care physician assistants to practice medicine with physician supervision.


Key Features

The Physician Assistant program at Southern Illinois University is offered by the School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine.

The physician assistant is often the first health care provider to see a patient and perform a variety of tasks including collecting historical and physical examination data from the patient and ordering appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests. The physician assistant synthesizes patient information and participates in formulating and executing a treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs. 

A physician assistant can evaluate psychological aspects of a patient’s health, counsel when appropriate, and teach patients about primary health problems. The physician assistant makes referrals when indicated and can perform procedures, such as EKGs, venipuncture, casting, suturing, and injections. The physician assistant prescribes medications. Graduates of the PA Program are trained as primary care providers and awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Problem Based Learning
  • Behavioral Science/Patient Education
  • Diversity in Medical Practice
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Sciences
  • Patient Evaluation
  • EKG and Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35213 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35213 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14085 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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