Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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Welcome to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from St. Catherine University, home to outstanding education in clinical health professions and education enriched by values, social justice and leadership. 

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Developing medical judgment

St. Catherine's MPAS program educates women and men to think like clinicians from the very beginning. St. Kate's provides the building blocks of critical thinking by incorporating medical decision-making, ethical considerations and principles of team-based practice into every course. The program has a primary care focus, but is comprehensive enough and includes opportunities for students to pursue individual interests and practice in a wide variety of settings.

Learning in state-of-the-art facilities

Classroom and laboratory learning take place on St. Catherine University's St. Paul campus. St. Kate’s is home to the second largest collegiate anatomy lab in the state. The new 3,600-square-foot human anatomy lab brings healthcare education to a higher level and opens avenues for new partnerships with medical professionals.

St. Kate's is located in the heart of a busy metropolitan area. Our St. Paul campus offers updated classroom, library, dining, and athletic facilities surrounded by acres of beautiful grounds and a safe residential neighborhood. Campus housing is available for graduate students.

Bringing it all together

Our innovative curriculum systematically weaves threads of ethics, social justice, professional responsibility and a global perspective throughout the program. Students spend 14 months in the classroom with rich discussion and hands-on experiences, enhanced by frequent and early exposure to clinical experts and settings. They then translate that learning into 14 months of clinical internships before completing the curriculum in a senior seminar.

Connecting to healthcare communities

The MPAS program is part of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, a regionally respected home for St. Catherine's healthcare programs. This environment fosters opportunities for inter-professional experiences among students and faculty from a variety of healthcare disciplines. Physician Assistant students have access to community experts, quality clinical sites and strong support systems with dedicated, well-connected faculty.

Program and student goals

St. Catherine University's MPAS program was developed according to high standards for program outcomes, student outcomes and technical standards for the profession:



Influenced by Catholic intellectual tradition, the MPAS program is committed to preparing competent and compassionate Physician Assistant scholar practitioners who possess the knowledge, clinical acumen and critical thinking skills necessary to practice exemplary, ethical, patient-centered care, and who will lead and influence with grace emphasizing global responsibility, social justice and the preservation of human dignity.