M.S. in Physician Assistant (PHA.MS)

PHA Requirements (95 credits)
PHA-601Human Anatomy5
PHA-603Introduction to Patient Assessment5
PHA-615Topics in Medicine and Surgery III6
PHA-616Physiology & Pathophysiology I3
PHA-617Physiology and Pathophysiology II3
PHA-618Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy I3
PHA-619Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy II3
PHA-620PA Professional Practice3
PHA-622Clinical Management2
PHA-623Clinical Skills I3
PHA-624Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry4
PHA-627Research Methods I3
PHA-628Clinical Skills II3
PHA-6293
PHA-632Biomedical Ethics2
PHA-635Research Methods II1
PHA-637Topics in Medicine and Surgery I5
PHA-638Topics in Medicine and Surgery II6
PHA-640Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences I8
PHA-641Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences II8
PHA-642Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences III8
PHA-643Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences IV8
Total Credits95

Sequence Chart:

(The sequence below is intended for the Class of 2023 and beyond. All other Physician Assistant students should speak with their advisor for course sequence planning)

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PHA-601 Human Anatomy5PHA-617 Physiology and Pathophysiology II3 
PHA-603 Introduction to Patient Assessment5PHA-619 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy II3 
PHA-616 Physiology & Pathophysiology I3PHA-620 PA Professional Practice3 
PHA-618 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy I3PHA-638 Topics in Medicine and Surgery II6 
PHA-637 Topics in Medicine and Surgery I5PHA-623 Clinical Skills I3 
 PHA-629 3 
Semester Credits21Semester Credits21 
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PHA-615 Topics in Medicine and Surgery III6PHA-622 Clinical Management2PHA-641 Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences II8
PHA-624 Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry4PHA-640 Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences I8 
PHA-627 Research Methods I3  
PHA-628 Clinical Skills II3  
PHA-632 Biomedical Ethics2  
Semester Credits18Semester Credits10Semester Credits8
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
PHA-642 Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences III8PHA-635 Research Methods II1 
 PHA-643 Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences IV8 
Semester Credits8Semester Credits9 
Total Credits 95
  1. Applicants must submit a completed Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application and the Monmouth University application fee.
  2. Applicants must be able to meet the program's technical standards and sign and submit the Technical Standards Acknowledgement form via the CASPA system.
  3. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants not having a baccalaureate degree by time of interview, if accepted into the program, will automatically fall into an Accepted Conditional status pending completion of their degree but must have degree completed prior to matriculation.
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all institutions and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
  5. Successful completion, within 10 years before application, of the following prerequisite courses and associated semester credit hours (sch) with a grade of “C” or better (pass/fail grading not accepted):
    1. Human Anatomy with lab (4 sch) and Human Physiology with lab (4 sch) or, alternatively, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, each with lab and each 4 sch;
    2. Chemistry I and II with lab, each 4 sch;
    3. Biology I with lab (4sch) or Biology II with lab (4 sch) or Cell Biology with lab (4 sch)
    4. Microbiology with lab (4 sch);
    5. General Psychology (3 sch) or Abnormal Psychology (3 sch) or Developmental Psychology (3 sch).
    6. Medical Terminology (2 sch minimum): certificate courses and contact hour courses are not acceptable; course can be taken online;
    7. Statistics or Biostatistics (3 sch): statistics courses within social or natural science departments (e.g., psychology) are acceptable.
    8. AP or CLEP credit for any prerequisite courses is not accepted.
    9. Specific to COVID-19 related issues, in-person courses transitioned to online format will be considered for acceptance in fulfilling admission requirements. Outside of COVID-19 related issues, online courses, other than medical terminology, will not be considered for fulfilling admission requirements.
    10. All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited College or University. Applicants who completed coursework from a college or university outside of the U.S. must submit a transcript evaluation from a reputable transcript evaluation service.
  6. English language proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must provide an English proficiency score meeting the University’s requirements.
  7. A minimum of 200 hours of paid or unpaid (i.e., volunteer) direct patient care experience by time of application (up to 20 shadowing hours with a PA can be included).
  8. Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken in the past five years, is required for all applicants There is no specific score needed for consideration; however, competitive applicants have scores above the 50th percentile in each of the test areas.
  9. Three Letters of Reference submitted via the CASPA system.