Health Sciences

Our Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is at the heart of the University's new School of Health Sciences, our significant and strategic commitment to education innovation.

Exceptional medical education demands exceptional hands-on training. In our Physician Assistant Studies program, you'll work with patients in an unprecedented 13 clinical specialty rotations, and will be paired with preeminent doctors affiliated with our key partners – The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Care New England Health System, and the Southcoast Health System. You'll also have the chance to learn alongside outstanding providers in the Lifespan health system and at Blackstone Orthopedics, Gateway Health Care, and Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

You’ll have the benefit of all-new, high-tech classrooms and laboratories – the very best places to learn. In May 2014, we’ll begin building a new wing to our flagship building that will include two new physician assistant classrooms, a high-fidelity simulation laboratory, and a physical examination laboratory. You'll also study gross human anatomy at Brown University in its award-winning medical education building in downtown Providence, and have access to Brown's medical library.

And because health care is big business, our program introduces you to the eight management principles of medical practice – from quality management to organizational governance. This unique focus on business fundamentals, so critical in today’s health care reform environment, is your competitive advantage.

Program goals

  • Prepare our physician assistant students to excel in all of the competencies required for PA practice by providing a rigorous and supportive program in which to develop the knowledge, interpersonal, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities necessary to clinical care
  • Prepare our physician assistant students to meet the needs of our health care system by providing a strong primary care experience caring for under-served populations and by developing an understanding of the health care delivery and payment systems that affect health care access, outcomes and potential disparities
  • Develop and support our physician assistant students’ commitment and ability to serve in leadership roles as advocates for patients and the PA profession
  • Develop and strengthen our physician assistant students’ skills and habits critical for life-long learning and continuous practice-based self-improvement
  • Facilitate achieving our program’s mission, vision and goals by integrating and supporting diverse perspectives throughout the curriculum, including global and inter-professional perspectives, in order to best serve the needs of our diverse patients and communities

Accreditation

Bryant University has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2015, pending notification of provisional application status in September 2014.

Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards.

The program will not begin if provisional accreditation is not received. Students will be conditionally accepted to the program pending accreditation.

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To learn more, please contact:
Physician Assistant Program
Phone: (401) 232-6556
Email: pa_program@bryant.edu

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  • April 2014: Admission process begins
  • September 2014: Notification of Provisional Application Status
  • January 2015: Matriculate inaugural PA class
  • January 2016: First PA class begins clinical rotations; matriculate second cohort
  • September 2016: Second accreditation site visit
  • April 2017: Inaugural PA class graduates

Bryant University has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2015, pending notification of provisional application status in September 2014. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received. Students will be conditionally accepted to the program pending accreditation.

You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (There is no preferred major.)

You will need an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Also, you will need to have completed the following by July 1 with an overall minimum of 3.0 GPA and a "C" or better in each class:

  • Biology with lab: 8SH
  • Chemistry with lab: 8SH
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: 8SH
  • Microbiology: 3SH
  • Organic Chemistry (4 SH) or Biochemistry (3 SH)
  • Psychology: 3SH
  • Statistics: 3SH

We will not accept Advanced Placement/CLEP coursework. Credits earned at other institutions can not be transferred to our program.

Your application process begins when you submit an online CASPA between April 16, 2014, and October 1, 2014. You then must complete a supplemental Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Application Package, mailed to you upon completion of the CASPA application.

You also will need: Three professional references; one personal reference; completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the past five years (submit score to CASPA using Bryant’s PA Program Code: 8825); a minimum GPA of 3.0; documentation of at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care experience; and the ability to meet the program technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. You also will undergo a background check and attend an on-site interview.

International applicants must complete the TOEFL with a score greater than 100, unless they have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States.

Employment by the student while enrolled in the PA program, while not prohibited, is strongly discouraged. The program is one of intense study with educational activities routinely scheduled from Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during the didactic year (not including independent study) and becomes even more rigorous and time intensive during clinical rotations the following year.
  • Physical abilities: In very basic terms, the physician assistant student must be able to carry out the physical tasks necessary to elicit a patient’s history and perform a physical exam, including the ability to observe/see the patient and physical exam findings, hear physical exam findings such as lung and cardiac sounds, and the coordination and manual dexterity to examine the patient such as palpation of the abdomen and to use the medical equipment routine to patient encounters such as a stethoscope. Additionally, the student must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time necessary for the surgical rotations and have the strength necessary to provide emergent interventions such as CPR.
  • Cognitive abilities: The physician assistant student must have the cognitive abilities required to elicit and understand a patient’s history, obtain and interpret physical exam findings, formulate a reasonable assessment and partner with the patient in the development of diagnostic and treatment plans. The student must also therefore be able to learn and understand, remember and apply the course content necessary to care for patients.
  • Behavioral abilities: The physician assistant student must have the behavioral abilities, including the interpersonal and communication skills, required for interacting with patients, the supervising physician, and other members of the health care team to be able to deliver care in a patient-centered, professional, ethically sound manner.

The Registrar will handle tuition refunds. Fees will not be refunded.

A student withdrawing from Bryant must contact Academic Records, the Graduate School Office and the Program Director in writing and complete a voluntary withdrawal form in order for his/her withdrawal to be official.

Tuition refunds will be calculated as follows: If written notification is received by Academic Records/Graduate School Office and the PA Program Director by the:

  • 1st week of classes: 80%
  • 2nd week of classes: 60%
  • 3rd week of classes: 40%
  • 4th week of classes: 20%
  • After 4th week of classes: no refund
To improve universal access to health care by graduating highly competent and confident physician assistants prepared to provide exceptional quality, ethical patient-centered health care in a collaborative environment.
A loan forgiveness pool offered by the Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island offers awards of up to $10,000 annually, for a total maximum award of $40,000, to physician assistants who qualify.
The first PA class is anticipated to take the PANCE after completion of the program in spring 2017. Scores will be posted on our website once they are available from the NCCPA.

tuition and Fees for 2015 academic year

MSPAS

Coursework

NameType
First Quarter 2015
Physiology and Pathophysiology (3SH), Clinical Pharmacology (3 SH), Human Anatomy (4 SH), Clinical Laboratory (4 SH), Research Methods (1 SH), Genetics (1 SH)
Didactic year
Second Quarter 2015
Clinical Medicine One (5 SH), Clinical Medicine Two (5 SH), History and Physical Examination (3 SH), Electrocardiography (1 SH), Diagnostic Testing and Imaging (1 SH), Behavioral Medicine (2 SH), Clinical Correlations One (2 SH)
Didactic year
Third Quarter 2015
Clinical Medicine Three (5 SH), Clinical Medicine Four (5 SH), Pediatrics (4 SH), Orthopedics (4 SH), Public Health and Dental Medicine (1 SH), Clinical Skills (1 SH), Clinical Correlations Two (2 SH)
Didactic year
Fourth Quarter 2015
Clinical Medicine Five (5 SH), Clinical Medicine Six (5 SH), Emergency Medicine (6 SH), Surgery (3 SH), Medical Ethics and Law (1 SH), PA Professional Issues (1 SH), Clinical Correlations Three (2 SH)
Didactic year
Inpatient Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Outpatient Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Family Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Surgery Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Pediatrics Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Obstetrics and Gynecology Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Psychiatry Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Emergency Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Orthopedics Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Dermatology Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH) Clinical year
Elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (2 SH) Clinical year
Mini-clinical Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (2 SH) Clinical year

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