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.
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
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.
States with Clinical Partnerships
Hospitals and healthcare systems used for clinical training
$55,001 to $60,000 - Median income range of recent Bethel Graduate School alumni-2014 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey
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.
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.
I have loved having a faith-based program. From the prayer before each test to the sincere caring attitudes of the faculty - it has been a great educational experience!
–Laura Bade '15
With an incredibly helpful and supportive faculty, and a great cohort of classmates, there is no other place I'd rather be preparing for a career as a Physician Assistant.
Grad School: Bethel University
The sense of community within the PA program at Bethel is something I appreciate greatly. The teachers and students are all on the same team - we want to become the best people and medical providers we can be.
–Sarah Field '16
The Physician Assistant program at Bethel University has allowed me to grow as a student, future provider, and Christian. I appreciate the Christian perspective our professors use to show that all patients are of equal worth and dignity.
–Courtney Perpich '15
The faculty are not only incredible practitioners, they are also friends. They care about me, they care about my family, and they are preparing me with the best Physician Assistant education possible.
–Lisa Milbrandt '15
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
- Women’s health
- Emergency medicine
- And many other specialties
Our graduates will work in settings like:
- Private clinics
- Public health care facilities
- Governmental service
- Medical missions