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M.S. in Physician Assistant

Becoming a physician assistant is about providing the best care. And finding meaning in your work.

Bethel’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant program prepares students to become physician assistants who serve with compassion, competence, and confidence by providing meaningful medical care. The program expands on our leading biology, nursing, and other healthcare programs, providing graduates with the credentials to work skillfully alongside physicians to treat patients and their illnesses. Learn to develop your professional skills while also growing in your sense of purpose, with the ability to apply ethical principles to healthcare situations.

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M.S. in Physician Assistant

Our M.S. in Physician Assistant program prepares students to become physician assistants who provide meaningful medical care with integrity. Our PA program provides the credentials to practice medicine alongside physicians, providing services as varied as healthcare itself.

Delivery: Face to Face

Location: St. Paul

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Preparing for Excellent Medical Practice

As a PA student at Bethel, you’ll develop skills for excellent medical practice, building a balanced core of knowledge upon the fields of humanities, natural and social sciences, medical sciences, behavioral sciences, and evidence-based medicine, all from a Christian perspective. You’ll have the opportunity to discover and live out your ethical principles as you commit to personal and professional growth and develop the critical thinking skills needed to provide sound medical care.

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Program Highlights

Christian faith integration

Our professors embrace a holistic approach to medical care that takes into account the mind, body, and spirit connection in medicine and how to integrate it with Christian faith in patient treatment.

Experienced core faculty

Our faculty has over 100 years of combined clinical work as PAs or physicians and brings this wealth of experience to the classroom.

Statewide partnerships for quality clinical training

Bethel has created strong community and statewide partnerships with clinical sites all over Minnesota to provide quality clinical training.

Systems-based curriculum

Our curriculum is organized by body systems to expedite learning. It’s a process that’s proven nationally to prepare excellent clinicians.

New state-of-the-art medical training facility

You’ll learn in a state-of-the-art training facility that uses patient simulators, video-monitored clinics, and other technologies to enhance learning. 

Practicing Medicine Alongside Physicians

As a PA, you’ll practice medicine alongside the supervision of licensed physicians and provide services as varied as healthcare itself. You’ll perform medical procedures, write prescriptions, and even have the background for further education so you can teach, conduct research, or engage in healthcare administration.


Learn how to:

  • Take medical histories and perform physical exams
  • Assist with preventive care
  • Solve problems and make decisions in healthcare settings
  • Conduct clinical procedures
  • Manage ethical/legal considerations
  • Provide prognoses and treatments for diseases
  • Think through and analyze issues critically
  • Perform research and apply statistics to it
  • Communicate effectively with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Understand billing and coding, risk management, and other legal issues in the PA profession


Our graduates will work in areas like:

  • Family practice
  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Surgery
  • Emergency medicine
  • And many other specialties


Our graduates will work in settings like:

  • Private clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Public health care facilities
  • Governmental service
  • Medical missions

Accreditation and Program Goals

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

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Learn more about the PA program's accreditation, program goals, and certifying examination results.

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