Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program

Major: Physician Assistant, Post-Professional
Degree Awarded: Master of Health Sciences (MHS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.0912
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1071

About the Program

The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree is awarded by the University through the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program. This program builds upon knowledge and skills learned in the PA professional training programs in areas of health policy, evidence-based practice, and leadership. The program is available totally online, and it may be completed on a part-time basis.

The Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program provides graduate education courses as a basis for personalized, professional development within the student’s selected area of study. The goal of the program is to enhance basic physician assistant skills and to mentor students in areas of study beyond what is offered by entry-level physician assistant programs. The individually selected study concentration is augmented by the expertise of seasoned faculty and the vast resources of the University.

Specifically, the Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program seeks to:

  • Broaden the base and depth of analytical thinking by providing a foundation for scholarly inquiry
  • Mentor physician assistants in personalized, professional development to enhance the PA profession, its members, and the communities they serve

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the the Business Manager:

Denise Mielechowski
PA Post-Professional Master's Program
College of Nursing and Health Professions

For more details, visit Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's web page.

Degree Requirements 

All students in this program complete a total of 45.0 quarter credits for graduation. The program requires completion of 5 core courses (25.0 quarter credits). The cognate courses, 15.0 quarter credits, are courses in a student's area of interest, and 5.0 quarter credits for the capstone experience that deepens a student's understanding of chosen areas.

For the exceptional graduate student with significant professional credentials achieved as a physician assistant, preparation and presentation of the professional portfolio to a university-based multidisciplinary committee may substitute for all or portions of the credits required for the two graduate project courses.

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



Students may select Cognate courses related to their areas of interest from one of the Study Tracks listed below.


Study Tracks

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


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


Drexel e-Learning Certificate Options

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


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


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

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

Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene Certificate12.0
PA 697Independent Study3.0
PA 698Capstone 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 695Portfolio Preparation1.0
PA 696Portfolio Review5.0-10.0
Total Credits16.0-21.0

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