Physician Assistant - Omaha (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)

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At the physician assistant (PA) program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, you’ll learn more than just the practice of medicine. You’ll experience an interprofessional, broad-based medical education in an environment of reflective learning that will transform you into an exemplary health care provider.

If you’re driven by the desire to positively impact the lives of patients, our new Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will be a perfect fit. Experienced and dedicated faculty will inspire you to realize your full potential as a leader in the profession. They’ll help form you as an individual who, in the Jesuit tradition and the image of Christ, lives a life of service, learning and self-improvement. 


The Creighton University physician assistant program mission is to foster a tradition of excellence by transforming learners into compassionate physician assistants who are dedicated to exemplary patient care.  Rooted in our Ignatian heritage, we empower students to realize their full potential through a commitment to professional growth and service to humanity. 

See also the Creighton University mission and the School of Medicine mission.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Creighton University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Creighton University. 

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

For more information, please visit the ARC-PA’s page on provisional accreditation. Specific information on the Creighton PA program’s accreditation can be found on the ARC-PA’s page on program accreditation. For information on Creighton University’s accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

Why Become a PA?

Now is an exciting time to join the physician assistant profession. According to US News & World Report, the physician assistant profession ranks #1 on the list of Best Health Care Jobs in America and #1 on the 2021 list of Best Jobs in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual salary of PAs at $115,390 and projects that the field are projected to grow 31% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine as a member of health care teams with physicians and other providers. PAs practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and in the uniformed services. Graduates of the Creighton PA program will be able to work and communicate effectively as leaders or members of a collaborative health care team to provide culturally competent, evidence-based patient-centered care.

For more information on what PAs do, visit the AAPA’s What is a PA? website. For more information on PA education, visit the PA Focus website.


Upon completion of the Creighton University Physician Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas of medical practice: 

  1. Patient care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health 
  2. Medical knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care 
  3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and lifelong learning 
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals 
  5. Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles 
  6. Systems-Based Practice: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care  


The PA program curriculum is a 28-month, two-phase curriculum designed in the medical model. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.

Phase I: Didactic

The didactic phase of study will include 12 months of integrated, systems-based instruction designed to develop the student’s pre-clinical knowledge base, clinical skills, critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills. Students will apply a biopsychosocial approach to learning patient care with a focus on integrating medical knowledge, clinical problem solving, reflection and communication skills. The following coursework is required:

Fall Semester

Course # 



IPE 500

Introduction to Collaborative Care


PAS 601 

Foundations for Clinical Medicine


PAS 603

Clinical Medicine: Musculoskeletal / Rheumatology


PAS 605

Clinical Medicine: HEENT / Dermatology


PAS 614 

Clinical Practice Skills I

PAS 616

PA Profession and the Health System I 


Total Credits 


Spring Semester (18 Weeks)

Course # 



PAS 607 

Clinical Medicine: Neurology / Psychology 


PAS 611 

Clinical Medicine: Cardiology / Pulmonology

PAS 613 

Clinical Medicine: GI / Nutrition 


PAS 624 

Clinical Practice Skills II 

Total Credits 


Summer Semester (12 Weeks)

Course # 



PAS 615 

Clinical Medicine: Endocrinology / Nephrology / Urology 

PAS 617 

Clinical Medicine: Women’s Health / Hematology / Oncology 

PAS 634 

Clinical Practice Skills III 

PAS 626  PA Profession and the Health System II 

PAS 628 

Research Applications in Medicine  

PAS 680 

Preparation for Clinical Practice  

Total Credits 


Phase II: Clinical

The 16-month clinical phase will allow students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained in Phase I in the clinical setting. Students will complete required clinical clerkships in the areas of:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Women’s Health

Additional elective rotations will give learners an opportunity to tailor their education to their personal educational needs and interests. Clinical rotations occur within the program’s established network of sites and preceptors that make up the program’s supervised clinical practice experiences. Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. Creighton University PA students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Creighton University clinical network, including locations in Omaha and Phoenix, drawing on Creighton’s partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Valleywise Health

Core Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences: Required 

Course # 



PAS 721 

Family Practice

PAS 723 

Ambulatory Internal Medicine

PAS 725 

Inpatient Internal Medicine

PAS 727 


PAS 729 

Women’s Health

PAS 731 

Behavioral Health

PAS 733 

Emergency Medicine

PAS 735 



Total Credits 


Selective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience: Required 

Course # 



PAS 741 

Medically Underserved Rotation (Selective) 

Total Credits


Elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (Electives, 12 credit hours required) 

Course # 



PAS 751 


PAS 753 

Orthopedic Surgery  

PAS 755 


PAS 757 


PAS 759 


PAS 761 


PAS 763 

Cardiothoracic Surgery 

PAS 765 


PAS 767 


PAS 769 


PAS 771 

Critical Care 

PAS 773 


PAS 775 


PAS 777 


PAS 779 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

PAS 781 


PAS 783 Primary Care 4
PAS 785 Infectious Disease 4
PAS 787 Maternal Fetal Medicine 4
PAS 789 Emergency Medicine Elective 4
Total Credits


Phase II Clinical Phase Seminar Series (Required)

Course # 



PAS 726 

Seminar Series I  

PAS 736 

Seminar Series II  

PAS 746 

Seminar Series III  

PAS 756 

Seminar Series IV  

Total Credits 

Phase I Credits: 62 
Phase II Credits: 64 
Total Credits: 126 


Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit

Information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Admissions Requirements

See complete admissions requirements, prerequisites and process details.

How to Apply

The CASPA (Central Application System for Physician Assistants) application cycle opens in April 2021 for applicants who wish to enroll in the program in August of 2022. Applications for the class expected to matriculate in August of 2022 should be made through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants. Applicants may visit the CASPA website for more information. All application materials must be received by CASPA by Sept. 1, 2021.

Program Details

Class Size

28 (entering 2020)

Program Length

28 months

CASPA Deadlines

Submitted & Complete by September 1

Supplemental Application Deadline

October 1

Rolling Admissions


Supplemental Application Fee


Average GPA – Admitted Students

3.7 (range: 3.02 – 4.0)

Average Science GPA – Admitted Students

3.65 (range: 3.04 – 4.0)

Program Entry Point


AP Courses

Not Accepted

Survey Courses

Not Accepted

Dual Credit


Degrees Required

Bachelor’s Degree from US institution

Course Requirements

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Patient Care Hours Requirement

Minimum 250 hours at time of application

Faculty to Student Ratio


Program Tuition

$87,982 (tuition & fees)

Program Email

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Accreditation Status




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    GRADUATE DATA & Attrition rate

    The inaugural class will matriculate in August of 2019 and will complete training in December of 2021. Data, metrics and PANCE pass rates will be available in 2022.

     Class of 2021Class of 2022Class of 2023
    Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)243240
    Entering class size242832
    * Attrition rate---
    ** Graduation rate---

    * Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

    ** Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.