Requirements of Accepted Applicants

Prerequisite Screenings

If accepted into the program, you must pass several background and health-related screenings. Information gathered from these screenings must match the information you supplied on your application. You will be responsible for the costs of the screenings.

If you are unable to pass, do not complete all of the screenings, or falsify information on your application, your seat will be automatically forfeited and your seat deposit will not be refunded. Further details about the screenings will be provided on acceptance.

Screenings include:

  • Background Check
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Drug Screening

Medical Clearance & Immunizations

Applicants offered a seat in the MSU MPAS program must undergo a physical examination, immunizations, and/or titers, TB testing, and completion of Health Forms prior to the start of the program. Requirements are based on current CDC guidelines for healthcare workers including immunizations. Failure to comply prior with the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Under no circumstance will students be permitted to participate in clinical experiences without medical clearance. This can have a significant impact on course grades associated with clinical experiences and, ultimately, lead to dismissal from the program.


Health Insurance

Applicants offered a seat in the MSU MPAS program must provide proof of personal health insurance and maintain the insurance throughout the entire program. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Failure to comply while in the program can result in a delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.


Transportation and Housing

You must have your own mode of transportation while enrolled in the program. All students must participate in all assigned clinical experiences during the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Required rotations can occur outside of the region or state.

Students are responsible for their housing during the entire program.

During Orientation Week (January), students must provide the following completed documentation:

- Proof of Completion of degree (if applicable, final official transcript)
- A photocopy of the current driver's license and auto insurance
- A photocopy of the current BLS (CPR) certification
- A photocopy of medical insurance card
- Provide evidence of compliance with CDC guidelines for healthcare workers regarding immunizations and freedom from communicable diseases.
- History and Physical Examination Form completed by PCP.

 

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 2021, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the June 2020 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).