Master's Completion Program

Course of Study:


The PA Master's Degree Completion Program at UDM provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity for graduate physician assistants to obtain theory and practiced based education leading to the advanced degree. The minimum 30 credit hour program is designed to enable the full-time employed PA to complete the required didactic studies. An educational tracks in Administrative Leadership is offered.

The curriculum draws from the knowledge and methods of basic and applied research in the areas of epidemiology, public health, health care administration,and health policy. The multi disciplinary faculty, curriculum and student population provides a learning environment which allows students to build on their undergraduate experiences and undertake advanced study in their particular field of personal and\or professional interest. The curriculum includes opportunities for research.
Graduates will demonstrate competence in scholarship and research and be prepared to deliver health care services more effectively in a variety of clinical, research, educational and administrative settings.

Other Characteristics:

All required classes will be presented, whenever possible, on weekends. Specific areas of study may require course work in either the evening or traditional settings. Students will meet, by arrangement, with faculty for completion of projects and/or thesis.

Benefits to graduates will include acquisition of skills to address added responsibilities based on the PA's evolving role in the health care setting including their current practice.

The program will:

  • provide the Bachelor level PA with the opportunity to advance themselves academically on a level with other mid-range practitioners
  • increase the quality of health care delivery and health promotion disease prevention services for residents in the community currently served by the PA.
  • enhance the ability of the PA to function in a multidimensional role in delivery of health care in service to the community and the profession

Students will complete Master's level studies with:

  • minimal time away from their present practice
  • a knowledge of recent advances in practice of clinical medicine (including the impact of managed care)
  • renewed commitment to the mission and goals of the profession
  • a deepening of their comprehension and skills in:
    • Health education
    • Utilizing critical thinking and research skills in the process of lifelong learning
    • Ethical problem solving abilities within a professional code of conduct
    • Integrating advanced knowledge from the biological, behavioral and medical sciences
    • Communicating with and coordinating information between all members of the health care team
    • Accessing and contributing to the body of professional literature.