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The Physician Assistant Department at Thiel College offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with multiple pathways to earn this graduate degree. Thiel undergraduates have the option to pursue an accelerated Physician Assistant (PA) program.

Offered at Thiel’s Greenville, Pennsylvania campus, our M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies provides the extensive classroom and clinical experiences students need to become successful advanced practice providers. Specifically, physician assistant training includes courses in medical science, diagnostic skills and pharmacology so students are fully equipped to serve their communities.

Graduates are prepared to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and to obtain a permanent Pennsylvania or other state license to practice medicine.

Accreditation Status

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Thiel College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Thiel College.

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[1]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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Thiel PA Program Options

Whichever academic pathway you take in the Physician Assistant Department, you receive a comprehensive education that provides the clinical training necessary to become a well-rounded clinician.

If you begin your journey at Thiel as an undergraduate student, you also benefit from our innovative Tomcat Way developmental model for student success.

Accelerated B.A./M.S. Physician Assistant Program

Thiel offers an accelerated physician assistant program that allows students to complete their training earlier. Thiel undergraduates can finish both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and Master of Science (M.S.) in Physician Assistant degree in five years!

First, students complete rigorous undergraduate coursework to complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree in 3 years. Then, they begin the 2 year M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program.

Traditional M.S. Degree

Students with a bachelor’s degree from Thiel or another undergraduate institution can apply for the Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Health Professions Pathway

The B.A. in Pre-Health Professions prepares students to apply to a variety of graduate healthcare programs including an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Experience a traditional 4-year college degree before beginning your healthcare career. 

Student Resources

Physician Assistant students at Thiel utilize state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories under the guidance of expert faculty who are dedicated to student success. PA students also have access to our Health Professions Institute, which applies classroom knowledge to human health and well-being and guided tours of the unique contributions of literature, philosophy and the fine arts to the art and science of healing. Students will also be able to attend health professions seminars to provide guidance and resources to assist in your preparation for a medical career.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization at Thiel is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. It's easy to get involved on campus whether you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree!

Learn More about Thiel's PA Program

Thiel College’s Physician Assistant Department houses multiple academic pathways to earn a M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies degree. Students can complete their physician assistant training through an accelerated B.A./M.S. program, a standalone M.S. degree or a Pre-Health Professions B.A. degree leading to the M.S. program. Begin your journey to become a caring advanced practice provider who makes a difference in patients’ lives.

Request information to learn more about Thiel’s Physician Assistant Department and our program offerings.