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Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program (MHS)


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 P.A. profession, its members, and the communities they serve


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduation from an ARC-PA approved PA Program by the time of acceptance into the program

Required Documents
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central.


Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Drexel University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education representing the highest level of recognition awarded to colleges and universities.


The goals of the Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program are 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.

The program’s outcomes are to:
Develop a working knowledge in basic epidemiologic terminology and concepts for clinical practice and research

  • Evaluate the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US
  • Apply theories of epidemiology to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US
  • Analyze national health promotion recommendations across the lifespan and population groups
  • Synthesize epidemiologic information with evidence-based findings to summarize national health promotion recommendations for one of the nation’s health priority areas

Develop skills for application of research findings to clinical practice and research

  • Evaluate cultural, political, and ethical issues in research
  • Define and differentiate qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs 
  • Critically appraise original research studies’ sampling, methodology, and results for validity and applicability to clinical practice
  • Evaluate systematic reviews/meta-analyses, and critique clinical practice guidelines
  • Develop clinical questions for evidence-based practice
  • Synthesize knowledge of research designs and apply Sackett’s levels of evidence to research studies

Evaluate the health care system and its policies relating to costs, disparities in access and quality

  • Develop working knowledge of major US health policies
  • Assess factors contributing to health expenditures
  • Analyze issues related to disparities in health care access and quality
  • Critique US health policies and their influence on health services delivery
  • Evaluate means for improving access to and quality of care and decreasing health services expenditures

Evaluate professional leadership and stewardship characteristics

  • Compare and differentiate concepts of leadership and stewardship
  • Assess strategies for effecting change as a leader
  • Compile professional leadership portfolio and plan

  Build lifelong learning skills for continuous professional growth and development

Research and evaluate a clinical or professional topic in depth for capstone project

Advance the dissemination of medical knowledge and improve quality of care

  • Apply principles of scholarly inquiry and analysis to the capstone project
  • Conduct online literature searches and catalogue materials
  • Compose a literature review and gap analysis
  • Compile an annotated bibliography
  • Conduct mixed methods evaluation survey for efficacy of project developed and implemented

News & Events



Juanita Gardner, MPH, PA-C, clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant (PA) Department at Drexel University, is leading an initiative to diversify the student body within the department. With changes in policy that make health care more accessible, like the Affordable Care Act, Gardner is taking action to ensure that future PAs represent the patient populations they will one day treat.

Gardner is spearheading a recruitment process that embraces diversity and inclusion. “We are trying to make ourselves visible at different types of events, both within the local community and outside of the community, including attending health fairs or career fairs geared toward pre-health students,” she said.

The goal is to raise awareness about the PA profession and recruit students from a variety of backgrounds, including national origin, language, race, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status and family structures to name a few.

 “Our program is geared toward working with underserved communities,” said Gardner. “And a lot of communities that are underserved are usually the groups that fit the definition of being diverse. We feel that it is important for our student population to represent the populations and communities which we hope they will one day practice in.”

To achieve this goal, Gardner has used some traditional and non-traditional strategies. “We partner with the Physical Therapy Program and recruit at historically black colleges and universities and in communities where we may find students that represent a variety of backgrounds,” she said. “Once a year we visit Spellman College, Clark University, Delaware State, Rutgers University and Morehouse College for their health care and career-related events. We discuss our program offerings and try to interest students in the PA profession.”

Additionally, Puentes Hacia el Futruro Elementary and Middle School, Belmont Academy Charter School, Wissahickon Elementary School, Mercy Vocational High School and Allen M. Stearne Elementary School have partnered with the Drexel University Physician Assistant Program to introduce their students to careers in health care. The partnership aims to provide a pipeline of future health care providers from diverse communities.

Building diversity continues through the application review process, and requires close examination of student records. Attracting both a non-traditional and diverse student body means taking into account circumstances that may have impacted students’ GPAs, learning experiences and other aspects of their applications.

This extra attention, though, has significantly enhanced PA students’ experience. “Some of our students have not been exposed to populations, cultures, or other parts of society. So I think with our program working toward increasing diversity, it not only enriches the student as a person, but also helps to prepare them to be able to go out and treat and help patients that are different than they are. In doing so, it has given students a broader perspective of a world outside their own and exposed them to the needs of the patients they may be seeing and how to effectively address those needs.”


Corey Beausoleil, MHS ‘15, a board-certified physician assistant, recently joined the staff of Vidant Neurosurgery-Greenville in Greenville, North Carolina.

Rosemary Dunn, DrNP, RN, MS ’95, DNP ‘11, the CNO at Hahnemann University Hospital, received the GEM Award in the category of “Advancing and Leading the Profession.”

Kenneth Korber, PA, MHSc, BS ’91, the chief learning officer at Health Education Group, has published a children's book series, The Musical Adventures of Grace.

Margo N. Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, MPT ’86, PhD ’03, was selected by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow. Dr. Orlin is associate professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, at Drexel.

Scott Richards, PhD, PA-C, DfAAPA, MS ’94, was named the founding chair and program director for the Physician Assistant Program at Emory & Henry College. 


The White Coat Ceremony for physician assistant (PA) students at Drexel University was held on Thursday, September 3, 2015. This momentous occasion marked the conclusion of the didactic phase of the PA class of 2016’s education and the beginning of the clinical phase.

Clay Warnick, MD, medical director of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Chester County Cardiology Associates and medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and co-medical director of the Heart Failure Program at the Chester County Hospital, addressed students at Mandell Theater. He noted that the White Coat Ceremony is meant to welcome “those embarking on their medical careers to the community of practitioners by giving them a powerful symbol of compassion and honor. It also gives them a standard against which they must measure their every act of care to the patients who trust them.”

Patrick Auth, PhD, chair of the Physician Assistant Department, is confident in the abilities and hearts of the PA Class of 2016. He said, “This is a remarkable class of physician assistant students, characterized by their dedication to the community, commitment to providing high quality healthcare for their patients and the spirit to support each other to be the best PAs possible.”

Congratulations to the students, and best of luck during the next chapter of your educational journey.

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