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Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Medical Science

Program Overview: Physician Assistant Studies

Agnes Scott College now offers a 24-month Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies, building on our decades of success in pre-medical education. If you are passionate about medicine, committed to serving diverse communities, our Physician Assistant Studies program is ideal for you.

In Agnes Scott College’s Master of Medical Science (MMSc) program, students seeking certification and licensure as a physician assistant (PA) will learn to practice in all areas of medicine and gain expertise in community-based healthcare.

Our Physician Assistant program meets the urgent, growing need for healthcare professionals. In metro Atlanta, the demand for PAs is projected to grow 34.2% by 2033. The Kaiser Family Foundation identified Georgia as a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area, noting that the state has met only 40% of its healthcare needs. Agnes Scott seeks to address this need for qualified healthcare professionals through our rigorous, 24-month Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program.

Agnes Scott’s PA program will be exclusively located in Hopkins Hall, which is being renovated to meet the needs of the PA program. The building will include innovative technology and instructional facilities for the practice of medicine, including anatomage tables, a clinical examination suite, an instructional laboratory, and state-of-the-art classrooms. Students will also benefit from a third-floor student lounge and study spaces.

“Agnes Scott’s mission and values empower students to think deeply, innovate, and promote inclusivity. These values are the core of the physician assistant profession. Today, PAs provide compassionate and culturally competent medical care to all patients.” -Dr. LeAnne Martinelli, Program Director

Accreditation Status

Agnes Scott College has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Agnes Scott College PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2025, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the June 2025 ARC-PA meeting. 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.

What You’ll Learn

Our program’s purpose-driven curriculum will prepare you to practice evidence-based medicine, serve diverse communities of patients, and assume leadership roles that help promote inclusive healthcare.

Students will complete 102 graduate credits over 24 consecutive months, with the first year of on-campus learning followed by a year of supervised clinical practice experiences in all major areas of medicine: community health, emergency medicine, general surgery, women’s health, behavioral medicine, and pediatrics, among others.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and, upon certification and licensure, can begin practicing as a PA in all disciplines of medicine.

  • Application opens May 1, 2024
  • Classes begin October 2025
  • Program Length: 24-months, 102 credits
  • 1 year of didactic learning on-campus followed by 1 year of supervised clinical practice experiences
  • Format: In-person
  • Cohort Size: 40 students

Physician Assistant Studies Program Highlights

A Mission and Vision to Advancing Health Equity

Driven by a mission to cultivate compassionate and intellectually driven healthcare professionals, Agnes Scott's Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies prepares you to make a lasting impact on communities.

Our program seeks to empower you to think deeply, innovate, and promote inclusivity:

  • Analyze complex medical challenges with a nuanced understanding of social determinants of health
  • Uphold ethical principles and advocate for equitable access to healthcare for all
  • Tackle the social and intellectual challenges that shape our healthcare landscape
If you believe everyone deserves quality care, Agnes Scott's PA program is your perfect fit. We equip you with the skills and knowledge to practice in all areas of medicine, while fostering a deep commitment to community health.

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Applying for a Future as a PA: Our Application Process

We know you’re passionate about helping people. Why wait? Start planning today!

Application opens May 1, 2024.

Acceptance into Agnes Scott’s PA program is highly competitive – we accept 40 highly-qualified students per cohort. Applicants will be considered for acceptance upon completion of all requirements, as verified by CASPA:

  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.00 BCP GPA
  • Prerequisite courses completed within last 10 years
  • View all application requirements through the link below
Complete your Agnes Scott graduate application early. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Agnes Scott’s PA program invites qualified prospective students to interview with PA faculty as part of the admission process.

Applications will be accepted via CASPA beginning May 1, 2024 through the final deadline of December 1, 2024, for fall 2025 admission.

Admission Requirements and Process

Innovative, Inclusive Curriculum

Start your career earlier: complete your Physician Assistant program coursework in just 24 months at Agnes Scott. Most PA programs take 27 months or more.

At Agnes Scott, we’ve designed our Physician Assistant program to provide the outstanding education and hands-on experience you’ll need to begin your healthcare career in just two years.

As a PA student, you will complete clinical rotations that will prepare you to practice emergency medicine, women’s health, general surgery, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, community health, and more.

After you complete the program, you will take the national examination for certification as a physician assistant.

Curriculum and Technical Standards

Meet the Faculty

LeAnne Martinelli

Program Director and Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for a glimpse of our newly renovated Hopkins Hall, home to Agnes Scott's PA program. Intentional student space and cutting-edge technology and instructional facilities will be built to match Agnes Scott's timeless design.

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Physician Assistant Program: Job Outlook

Physician assistants are in high demand across the U.S.

The BLS projects that employment of physician assistants in Atlanta is projected to grow 34.2% until 2033.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare careers are expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2033. In Atlanta, the labor demand for physician assistants is expected to grow at a faster rate than the national average.

Our PA program will provide a successful pathway for a diverse population of students to achieve their goal of becoming healthcare practitioners, while also addressing this growing national health care shortage and health disparities across the state of Georgia.

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private Practice

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