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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



New employment projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show the impact of the national movement to improve health and care delivery. Over the next 10 years, health care occupations will be the leading source of job creation in the United States. The health care sector and social services sector will account for nearly 40% of the net increase in employment through 2024, adding 3.8 million jobs. Wow!

The 10-year forecast also highlights important increases in specific health professions.

  • The nurse practitioner occupation is expected to grow at an extraordinary rate of 35% -- that is five times that of the overall rate of growth in employment in the nation’s economy. 45,000 jobs will be added. As home and office delivery of services becomes increasingly important in health care, much of this gain will be in the ambulatory care sector.
  • The demand for new RNs is also high, with a projected 16% rise in employment adding about 440,000 new positions and accounting for about half of all health diagnosing and treatment job gains.
  • Physician Assistants are expected to see employment rise by 31%, adding about 28,000 jobs over the decade.
  • Physical Therapy employment is projected to grow by 72,000 jobs over the decade, representing a 34% rate of growth.

As we start a new year full of new resolutions, I encourage everyone to reflect on their career aspirations. You are a part of a phenomenal industry with more opportunity than most. I commend you all for choosing professions in the health care sector, and I look forward to seeing the innovations and improvements in health care this increase in labor force will allow.

Begin your winter term knowing you made a good decision that will afford you a sound future.

Gloria F. Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP

Dean and Professor


CNHP 2015 Holiday Gathering for Faculty and Staff
December 15, 2015
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Three Parkway
6th Floor Student Lounge and Classrooms
Universal Design for Learning: Is it Universal?
Part of the 2016 “Raising the Bar” webinar series
January 12, 2016
11 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Evidence Based Practice Nursing Colloquium
February 10, 2016
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Drexel University 
Creese Student Center, Behrakis Grand Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology
March 14-15, 2016
Hilton Clearwater Beach
400 Mandalay Ave
Clearwater, FL 33767
Department of Creative Arts Therapies Reception for Music Therapy Alumni
March 19, 2016
Hilton of Harrisburg
1 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Held in conjunction with the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region Conference call 1.888.DU.GRADS to RSVP
Screen Capture Tools – Common and Uncommon Uses
Part of the 2016 “Raising the Bar” webinar series
April 12, 2016
11 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Forensic Trends in Health Care
April 15-17, 2016
Drexel University Center City Campus
Philadelphia, PA
Save the Date 
More details to follow
Physician Assistant Board Review Course
March 21-23, 2016
Center City Campus
Alumni Weekend 
May 6-7, 2016
Alumni Weekend is the largest and most exciting event to bring alumni back to campus each year! The Class of 1966 will be inducted into the Golden Dragon Society at the annual luncheon and recognize outstanding class members. The Class of 1991 will become Silver Dragons, as they celebrate 25 years since they were students at Drexel. If you graduated in 1966 or 1991 and you would like to help plan your reunion celebration at Alumni Weekend, as well as invite your classmates back to campus, contact Lauren Villanueva BA '04, MS '10, executive director of alumni relations at
All alumni are invited and encouraged to attend events throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!


The physician assistant (PA) profession is deeply rooted in the military with ties dating back to 1965 – the year the nation’s first “physician assistant” educational program was inaugurated at Duke University. The Program accepted four former Navy medical corpsmen. Other veterans were inspired by this potential career path, thanks in part to a Reader’s Digest article about careers in health care noting the PA profession and a White House Conference on Health that same year that discussed the use of former military corpsmen/medics as “assistant medical officers,” and inquiries began to flood.
The PA profession remains a well-suited choice for many veterans, some of whom have years of hands-on medical experience in combat under their belt prior to beginning the next phase of their lives as civilians. Reflecting on Veteran’s Day, two second-year PA students at Drexel tell their stories.
Dennis Asay, a former Navy Corpsman, was a field medical service technician during his service. After he decided to switch gears and pursue a health care education instead of the business education he was getting at the time, Asay decided the military was the best path for him. “The tuition benefits of the military appealed to me. I went in open to anything, and I chose Navy Corpsman,” he said.
For his service, Asay received the Non Commissioned Officers Association Navy Vanguard Award. An article announcing his recognition in the Fall 2011 NCOA Journal states that over the course of a three-week period “…Dennis Asay was involved in three separate engagements saving the lives of four Marines while under direct enemy fire.” These acts of heroism included rendering medical aid following an explosion; exposing himself to fire to assess and treat a Marine suffering a chest wound; and rendering life-saving care and successful evacuations of wounded Marines.
When asked if his experience as a Navy Corpsman has prepared him for his work in the PA profession, Asay said, “My time overseas was mainly focused around a lot of combat. You’re working on small teams with your friends, so it’s hard to compare. But on that note, it’s also a much deeper level when you’re charged with applying that care to people you already know and care about.”
Michael Rigatti is also a former Navy Corpsman, who spent six years in active duty. During part of that time, he served a role that allowed him to carry out work similar in nature to that of a PA. He credits this experience with giving him confidence. “Being a Corpsman gives you the confidence that you’ve taken care of patients in the past and you can do it again,” said Rigatti. “I’m fortunate to have had that opportunity in the Navy – it’s made me much more comfortable as a future PA.”
Both Rigatti and Asay agree that their military experience and perspectives as veterans helped solidify their career choice. “My experience in field trauma and the other medical experience I had from back in the states with clinical hours, combined with working with PAs and MDs, seeing how each operated and talking with those who were directly supervising me, I felt like the PA profession was right for me,” said Asay, who also noted that he would consider the possibility of working on military bases after he completes the PA Program. “If the option presents itself, I would definitely take it.”
“I chose the medical field, because I wanted an opportunity that would afford me some career possibilities in the civilian sector,” said Rigatti. According to Asay, this is an issue for many veterans who find themselves without options or unsure of what career to pursue, despite the fact that they have hands-on experience that’s directly related to a number of civilian professions.
As a veteran, Rigatti continues to volunteer, giving back to other veterans. “I instruct group kayaking with a group called Team River Runner. Whenever I’m on break (from PA school), I volunteer my time to help support other wounded warrior veterans.”
From all of us at the College and Nursing and Health Professions, in the spirit of Veterans Day, we’d like to thank Dennis, Michael and all of the other veterans among our students, staff and faculty members for their bravery and service.


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