The School of Health Sciences represents the University's bold move into educating highly-skilled people for careers in health care, the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy.
Exceptional medical education demands exceptional hands-on training. In our Physician Assistant Studies program, you'll work with patients in an unprecedented 12 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 have the benefit of all-new, high-tech classrooms and laboratories – the very best places to learn. Our new wing includes 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 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.
- 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
RIBBON CUtting : New facilities
Resources and Tuition
MSPAS TUITION AND FEES FOR 2016
- $87,465 for entire 27-month program
- List and description of additional fees
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bryant 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.
Our second accreditation site visit will take place in September 2016.
- April 22, 2015: Opening of application cycle for the PA Class of 2018
- January 2016: Class of 2017 begins clinical rotations; Class of 2018 matriculates
- April 2017: Inaugural Class of 2017 graduates
You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (There is no preferred major.)
You will need an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Also, you will need to have completed the following prerequisite courses by Sept. 1, 2015, 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 do not accept Advanced Placement/CLEP coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements, The Bryant Physician Assistant Program does not accept transfer credits to be applied to required Program coursework and does not award Advanced Placement based on prior coursework.
Your application process begins when you submit an online CASPA application between April 22, 2015, and October 1, 2015. You then must complete a supplemental Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Application available via CASPA.
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); documentation of at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care experience by Dec. 1, 2015; and the ability to meet the program technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. Selected candidates will attend an on-site interview, and if admitted, undergo a background check.
International applicants must complete the TOEFL within 2 years of application with a score greater than 100, unless they have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States. A certified degree and course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts is required to ascertain equivalences to United States educational standards.
The Bryant University Physician Assistant Program developed its mission and goals to reflect our commitment to help decrease health care disparities and increase access to health care for currently underserved populations. Our strategy to accomplish this goal is to support the admission and enrollment of future clinicians who have demonstrated a similar commitment to these philosophies. While the program does not extend preference to any particular individual or group, application materials are scored during the file review and interview process using a scoring system that awards points to any applicant demonstrating evidence of a commitment to the philosophies embodied by the program’s mission and goals.
- 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 Bryant University Bursar will handle tuition refunds. Fees will not be refunded.
A student withdrawing from Bryant must contact the Registrar's 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 the Registrar's 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
| First Term 2015
Physiology and Pathophysiology (3SH), Clinical Pharmacology (3 SH), Human Anatomy (4 SH), Clinical Laboratory (2 SH), Research Methods (1 SH), Genetics (1 SH)
| Second Term 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)
| Third Term 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)
| Fourth Term 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)
|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 (4 SH)||Clinical year|
|Mini-clinical Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (4 SH)||Clinical year|