Masters Completion Program

The PA Master's Degree Completion Program at Detroit Mercy 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.

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

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.

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.

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    Entry Requirements

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate successful completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Candidates must also demonstrate successful completion of an accredited PA program. Admission consideration will be given to PA candidates who are not graduates of an accredited program but who have qualified for clinical practice privileges through experiential learning. These candidates must meet all other admission requirements.

    Applicants may be required to hold or be eligible to obtain a license to practice as a PA in Michigan. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously completed academic course work. Letters of recommendation, preferably a set including one from the director of the PA program where trained, current supervisor or a professional colleague are required. In addition, a personal interview with the Admissions Committee may also be required.


    Degree Requirements

    • At least 30 credit hours
    • Eighteen credit hours must be done "in residence" (IE., not transfer) at the graduate level of which some 6 credits may be a graduate project or thesis
    • Candidates may apply for advance standing. This will consist of transfer credit not more than 7 years old being applied toward the 30 hour degree requirement.

    Transfer credit:

    Selected course work completed at other accredited institutions in the areas of public health, health education, health care administration, and profession related areas will be considered for advanced standing. Such course work will be reviewed by a committee on a case-by-case basis and limited to 12cr. as per the Graduate catalog.

    Course Outline

    CHP Core (15 credits):

    CHP Core Credits
    Course # Course Credits
    HLH 5320 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction 3 cr
    HLH 5700 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues 3 cr
    HLH 5500 Research Methods 3 cr
    PSY 5030 Statistics 3 cr

    Choose one of the following:

    Choose one of the following:
    Course # Course Credits
    PAS 5970 Field Research OR 3-6 cr
    PAS 5930 Scholarly Project  
    PAS 5990 Thesis  

    Administrative Leadership (15 credits):

    Administrative Leadership
    Course # Course Credits
    HSA 5000 Theory and Practice of Management 3 cr
    HSA 5090 Human Resources in Health Care Organizations 1.5 cr
    HSA 5150 Leadership in Health Care Organizations 1.5 cr
    HSA 5060 Health Economics 3 cr
    HSA 5500 Information Systems for Health Services Administrators 3 cr

    Elective (choose one):

    Course # Course Credits
    HSA 5050 Legal Aspects of Health Services Administration 3 cr
    HSA 5120 Quality Improvement in Health Services 3 cr
      Or other Graduate Level HSA or MBA course appropriate 3 cr

    Total for Administrative Leadership Track: 15 credits

    TOTAL for CHP CORE + Administrative Leadership Track: 30 credits