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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program

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Thank you for your interest in learning more about our program.  Our program offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree in a 28 consecutive month curriculum.  This website will provide useful information about our program at Clarkson and will also provide links to learn more about the PA profession.

The program is provisionally accredited by the ARC-PA, which is the standard for all new programs. Our ultimate goal is to graduate high quality and compassionate PAs who will successfully pass their certification exam and then serve their patients and their communities with pride.

The PA profession continues to be an important part of the teamwork required in improving healthcare in the US. Multiple publications and the US government continually produce articles and reports that demonstrate the value of PAs and the continuing need for more physician assistants in the future.

The Clarkson PA Program is located in Clarkson Hall at 59 Main Street in the village of Potsdam. Clarkson is the highest rated research university of its size in New York State.  The PA program benefits from the expertise of its faculty and local health care providers. We will utilize clinical sites in St. Lawrence and surrounding counties. Our class size is small, so you will not be lost in the shuffle of a large classroom.

The education of a PA is very rigorous.  It will likely be the most demanding educational experience of your life.  If you are ready for that challenge and seek to serve others, we welcome your interest in our program. We will be holding an Open House soon and appointments are now available to discuss your potential as a Clarkson PA student.

Please check back often as this website will continue to evolve as we move forward.

Michael B. Whitehead, DHSc, RPA-C, DFAAPA          

Department Chair