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Physician Assistant Program

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at Christian Brothers University trains physician assistants (PAs) to better serve patients in the community, region, state, and nation. We've partnered with nationally-renowned medical facilities to offer exceptional clinical experiences during both phases of the program, with an orthopedic thread.

Our emphasis is on evidence-based primary care and preventive medicine, the provision of health care to the medically underserved, and the use of information technology in medicine. The program promotes interdisciplinary team care, patient advocacy, and the delivery of primary health care for all patients.

Your training will provide you with the knowledge and experience to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment as a general practitioner. After graduation, you must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and apply for state medical licensure to work with a supervising physician or surgeon.

Plan to join us for one of our upcoming information sessions!
Tuesday, February 5 • Tuesday, April 2
Rosa Deal School of Arts, Room 111 • Reception at 5:30 p.m. / Info Session at 6:00 p.m.


Why Become a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants enjoy a great work-life balance and a high level of job satisfaction. PAs perform services the supervising physician might provide, and can work with a relatively high degree of autonomy. Also, PAs are the only medical care provider who can change their area of practice from one medical specialty to another without additional formal training or certification.

Career & Salary Outlook

The PA profession is seeing tremendous growth. U.S. News & World Report ranked physician assistant as the 5th best job in 2016 and the 3rd best job in 2017. Salaries have been rising with demand - the median PA salary for 2016 was $104,131, according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).


CBU is located on a 75-acre wooded campus in midtown Memphis, Tennessee - about four miles east of downtown and close to major medical centers. The physician assistant program is a graduate program in the CBU School of Sciences.

PA Program Structure

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is based on active-learning, student engagement, and an integrative approach.

Coursework: 15 months
Clinical rotations: 14 months


Applications will be accepted beginning April 26, 2018 through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the cohort starting January 2019.

Program Mission and Goals

In keeping with the university’s mission and culture, the program embraces educating minds, touching hearts, and remembering the presence of God.

Our mission is to educate diverse and exemplary individuals to prepare them to become caring, competent, ethical, and professional physician assistants who will positively affect their patients, community, and the health care system.

PA Program goals:
  1. Recruit and matriculate qualified applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  2. Prepare students to address community health issues and health disparities in the context of societal and economic systems.
  3. Attain and maintain an accredited program that ensures graduates will have the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into PA practice.
  4. Prepare PA students for team-based care through inter-professional education.
  5. Graduate competent physician assistants that function as professional members of the healthcare team in a variety of clinical settings to meet workforce needs.
  6. Foster a culture of professional involvement, leadership, and advocacy.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30079 accredits Physician Assistant programs in the United States.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Christian Brothers University.

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.

PA Resources and Links