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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to The College of St. Scholastica Physician Assistant Program sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica.

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.  

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Physician Assistant

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FAST FACTS: Master of Physician Assistant Studies

  • The only Physician Assistant Master's program north of the Twin Cities
  • Innovative curriculum, high-tech classrooms
  • Interprofessional education with Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Health Information Management, Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology and Nursing programs
  • Rural healthcare focus
  • 24-month, full-time program, including summers

Tuition: $810/credit*

* Tuition rates are for the 2017-18 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

We need Physician Assistants. We need you.

As healthcare costs continue to rise and the number of physicians continues to decline, the demand for non-physician healthcare providers has boomed — especially in rural areas, where resources and providers are especially scarce. That's why The College of St. Scholastica is pursuing the development of a Physician Assistant (PA) program. For more than 100 years, The College of St. Scholastica has been committed to meeting the healthcare needs of rural areas in Minnesota and neighboring states. Those needs led to the creation of our nursing program in the 1930s and the initial development of our PA program today.

Mission statement

In accordance with our Benedictine values, the College of St. Scholastica's Master of Physician Assistant Studies program's mission is to educate physician assistant students within a comprehensive, interprofessional and innovative curriculum to provide high-quality care across the lifespan and meet the healthcare needs of our region.

Program Aims

  • Teach across the lifespan to prepare graduates for practice in every setting.
  • Emphasize curriculum and clinical education around rural and aging populations to prepare graduates to practice in these areas.
  • Provide interprofessional experiences to create “team-care-ready” Physician Assistants.
  • Provide outstanding Physician Assistants for our regional healthcare systems.
  • Practice inclusive excellence in every experience and encounter.
  • Develop leadership skills to prepare PAs to be a valued member of the medical team.
  • Encourage dedication to our communities and the people we serve.
  • Incorporate our Benedictine values into our professional work.
  • Demonstrate the value of lifelong learning.
  • Add value to and enrich the PA profession.
  • Achieve Program Goals

The St. Scholastica advantage

  • Small class sizes — meaning that every student receives abundant individual attention.
  • Practice interprofessional teamwork that's required in the workplace by collaborating with graduate students in a variety of health professions, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Health Informatics, Exercise Physiology, Nursing and Social Work.
  • Clinical placements throughout the Midwest and with populations where jobs are abundant — primary care and rural settings.
  • Collaboration with regional health systems known for excellent clinical education — including two local, tertiary-care, Level II trauma designated, award-winning healthcare systems that offer 35 specialties and serve the five-state region and Canada.
  • Innovative curriculum using medical simulation software and online textbooks.
  • Classes held in a state-of-the-art building featuring the latest in simulation, telehealth and technology-supported patient care equipment.
  • All from an institution that is the region’s leader in Health Science education.

Career outlook

As healthcare providers try to combat the rising costs, the demand for PAs is increasing dramatically. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for PAs will grow by 30 percent nationwide by 2024.

This is especially true in Minnesota, which has the third-highest occupational demand for physician assistants among all states, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, producing occupational vacancies at the rate of 80 new jobs per year — many in rural areas.

What does a Physician Assistant do?

A Physician Assistant is a licensed health professional who works under the supervision of a physician. Physician Assistants reduce the physician's workload by taking over duties traditionally reserved for physicians, including:

  • Physical examinations
  • Diagnosing
  • Ordering therapeutic procedures
  • Patient counseling
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Assisting physicians in healthcare institutions and patient homes
  • Prescribing medications

Learn more about the PA profession.

The Health Science Center at BlueStone: A beautiful new place to learn

The Physician Assistant program is located in the new Health Science Center located in the BlueStone development about 1 mile from the Duluth main campus. BlueStone is a vibrant new retail and housing development featuring BlueStone Lofts and BlueStone Flats, premium on-site housing options for students. The Health Science Center includes state-of-the-art labs and classroom space, as well as study and lounge areas. It also features maurices Community Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic where students receive supervised hands-on experience working with uninsured or underinsured individuals.

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The Convenience of Bluestone

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The DTA has added a convenient new bus stop to serve this area. It will be part of the route that covers UMD, St. Scholastica, Boulder Ridge, Summit Ridge and Campus Park during the school year.

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