Physician Assistant Programs, Degrees and Studies | CBU

Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program, located on the University campus, is a  cohort-based program. 

The program curriculum is delivered through traditional and non-traditionalcampus-based methods with clinical rotations located in sites throughout the Memphis metropolitan area, one of the nation's leading medical centers. Newly renovated space is used to house both the didactic and laboratory components of the program. The curriculum focuses on six major competency components: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

Why become a Physician Assistant?

Become a member of the healthcare team, practicing medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician, conducting physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, counseling patients and families on healthcare issues including preventive care, assisting in surgery, and participating in research and administrations. Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. The PA's scope of practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

CBU is for you if you:
  • Are looking for a faculty who have combined first-hand and clinical experience of more than 100 years;
  • Want to train at clinical facilities that have been ranked in the top fifty medical centers in the United States;
  • Are looking to serve those who are less fortunate or lack access to medical care;
  • Are looking for a program which maintains a low student to faculty ratio, thus assuring you of personalized, focused instruction;
  • Want to study in an environment that embraces traditional values of a Christian Perspective;
  • Respect each individual as a unique person;
  • Are seeking an excellent education to prepare for one of the Top Growth Professions as a Physician Assistant.


Accreditation Status
Current Accreditation

The ARC-PA accepted the plan for the Christian Brothers University PA program to withdraw from the ARC-PA accreditation process effective May 31, 2017. The program will remain on Accreditation-Probation until that time. The program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Future Accreditation

Christian Brothers University (CBU) has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). CBU anticipates matriculating its first class in 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at September 2017 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.

The program will accept applications (conditional) starting June 1, 2017 through CASPA ( for the 2018 start date. Please periodically recheck this website for updates. 

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