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  • MHS in Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program


    This is an accredited post-professional master’s program, available only to current physician assistants seeking graduate-level credentials to advance their careers to the highest potential.

    Unlike other online Physician Assistant (PA) programs, Drexel's is taught by faculty who have trained top-level health care professionals for over a century, are critically-acclaimed for their national expertise in the health care field, and teach professional development skills in multiple specialty areas. 

    Available Specialty Areas

    • Clinical Research
    • Clinical Specialties
    • Complementary and Integrative Healthcare information
    • Health Promotion

    Program Features

    • Available on a full or part-time basis, offering a wide degree of schedule flexibility
    • Enhances basic physician assistant skills in areas of study beyond those offered in entry-level physician assistant programs
    • Interdisciplinary approach provides personalized professional development, augmented by the expertise of seasoned faculty and the vast resources of the university
    • Strengthens analytical thinking by providing a foundation for scholarly inquiry

    Interdisciplinary Mentoring

    Drexel alumni who've attained their post-professional physician assistant degree are prepared for real world, practical applications, and have a keen sense of what it takes to succeed in the field. They're mentored by top health care professionals who uphold the values of the profession and the people it serves, and instill these values into each of their students.

    Are you a current physician assistant thinking of getting your master’s degree online? Contact Drexel today to get started!

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Core Courses 
    PA 581Research Methods and Designs5.0
    PA 582Principles of Evidence-Based Practice5.0
    PA 583Clinical Application of Epidemiology5.0
    PA 584Health Policy5.0
    PA 585Leadership and Stewardship5.0
    Study Concentration Courses 
    Cognate 1*5.0
    Cognate 2*5.0
    Cognate 3*5.0
    PA 698Capstone Project5.0
    Total Credits45.0



    Select Cognate courses related to your area of interest from one of the Study Tracks listed below.


    Study Tracks

    Clinical Practice

    PA 641 Clinical Update5.0
    PA 642 Clinical Colloquium5.0
    or  PA 640 Clinical Practicum
    PA 643 Clinical Practice Project Research5.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0


    Health Promotion 
    PA 661 Tenets of Health Promotion5.0
    PA 662 Health Promotion Materials5.0
    PA 663 Health Promotion Project Research5.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0

    Drexel Online Certificate Options

    Complementary and Integrative Therapies Certificate 12.0
    PA 697 Independent Study3.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0


    Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate12.0
    PA 697 Independent Study3.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0


    Heathcare Informatics Certificate9.0
    PA 697 Independent Study6.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0

    Epidemiology and Biostatistics Certificate12.0
    PA 697 Independent Study3.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0

    Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene Certificate12.0
    PA 697 Independent Study3.0
    PA 698 Capstone Project5.0

    Certificate of Study in Clinical Research*15.0


    PA 698 Capstone Project will be fulfilled with the completion of either CR 600S Designing the Clinical Trial or CR 609S Innovative Product Development.

    Alternate Pathway 
    Cognate 15.0
    Cognate 25.0
    PA 695 Portfolio Preparation1.0
    PA 696 Portfolio Review5.0-10.0
    Total Credits16.0-21.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
    • Graduation from an ARC-PA approved PA Program by the time of acceptance into the program

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $669 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $743 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the MHS Physician Assistant Post-Professional Masters Program

    Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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