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M.S.P.A. Program Details

About Us

The Seton Hall Master of Science in Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.) program prepares students to become outstanding clinicians who practice in a variety of healthcare settings. Since 2001, our M.S.P.A. students have benefited from our experienced faculty, extensive clinical experiences and rigorous and rewarding coursework. Our program focuses on helping students reach their professional goals and become healthcare practitioners who:

  • practice with physicians across all medical disciplines;
  • possess a broad base of health and medical knowledge for service to patients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds; and
  • stay informed of current medical trends and research and apply both to all aspects patient care.

Our Mission

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at Seton Hall University is to prepare primary care PAs who practice in diverse settings. The program provides the foundation for graduates to become critical thinkers who practice evidence-based, patient-centered medicine.

Our Values

The MSPA program provides the foundation for graduates to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners who excel in servant leadership, research and the practice of medicine. We believe in the importance of varied and diverse clinical experiences for our students, from taking patient histories to intensive core clinical experiences.

Our Experience

  • Three-year, 96-credit, full-time program with a minimum of 52 weeks in clinical rotations
  • B.S. + M.S.P.A. accelerated dual-degree option available in cooperation with the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences
  • Student cohorts become a close-knit community of learners
  • Dedicated and focused faculty who are committed to helping students achieve their career goals
  • Strong, interprofessional curriculum designed to help students interact more intelligently and understand the kinds of treatments and services other practitioners provide
  • Innovative group research capstone projects performed under the direction of a faculty research adviser, many of which have been selected by the American Academy of Physician Assistants for presentation at its national conference
  • Learn more about student life in the Seton Hall M.S.P.A. program

Our Advantage

Our New York City metropolitan area location allows us to place our students in a wide variety of healthcare institutions for their clinical rotations; students experience the full spectrum of patients in need of medical care. With a curriculum that runs for 33 months, our graduates consistently are well prepared and have more clinical experience than their peers from other institutions.

Our Accolades

  • Our graduates consistently demonstrate a strong performance on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
  • The majority of students take the PANCE within two weeks after graduation; they are sharp and well prepared to pass.
  • Physician Assistant continues to be a career on the rise. Every year for the last 10 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted a 30% growth in the field.
  • In 2015, a group of our M.S.P.A. students were recognized for having one of the Top 3 Student Poster Presentations at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Annual Conference.

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Please visit the Department of Physician Assistant for all tuition, fees and financial aid resources.