About the Program

The Mississippi State University-Meridian Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MSU-MPAS) is an extremely rigorous 24-month, state-sponsored program that recruits adult learners who have prior experience in health care. Our mission is to prepare PAs to practice and promote empathetic, primary care-focused medicine that serves the culturally diverse state of Mississippi.

Mississippi State University-Meridian initiated the development of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program after several years of needs assessment and after community support was determined to be strong. Located in Meridian, Mississippi, the program has access to several highly esteemed Mississippi medical systems.

The first cohort anticipates matriculation in January of 2020, if granted Accreditation-Provisional by the ARC-PA.

“Mississippi State University-Meridian has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mississippi State University-Meridian anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2020, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2019 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.

The program will not commence in the event Accreditation-Provisional is not granted.

For more information on the developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, please contact (pa@meridian.msstate.edu)”

Admission to the Program is extremely competitive. The MSU MPAS Program will accept 30 students per year.

Physician assistants play a critical role delivering high quality, affordable healthcare and more than ever before, they fill the gaps in healthcare, meeting the needs of our nation and the world. The MSU MPAS Program is the perfect place to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to prepare you to practice in this exciting, ever evolving profession. We offer a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree for individuals seeking to become physician assistants.

The MSU MPAS program begins in January, and is twenty-four months in duration. The first year, which comprises the didactic portion of the program, is devoted to classroom study. Students attend courses five days a week during this time.

During the second year, students complete eight individual clinical rotations at sites predominately located throughout Mississippi. The clinical rotations include internal medicine, family medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, emergency medicine, general surgery, and an adjunct clinical experience of the students choosing.