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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 Drexel Online MHS in Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program tuition page.


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

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Patrick Auth, PhD, served Drexel University with conviction and compassion for close to three decades. Friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Auth's retirement last May and his belief in the methodologies and approaches used by the program’s instructors which have had a significant impact in each student’s achievement during the program and beyond.

Auth is a humble leader and his colleagues in the Department describe him as reluctant to tout his own accomplishments. He led by example and based his approach on his passion for education, the mission of the program and advocacy of the profession. He worked tirelessly to help our students become leaders in the community, compassionate caregivers and well-prepared for the rigors of the career.

The lives he's touched are countless, in fact, students from the class of 2020 have made two recent changes—they both instituted a modification in the W.W. Oaks Student Society bylaws, and they introduced a new award in honor of Pat Auth. It's called the Servant Leadership Award and it's for students, faculty or staff who embrace and live into servant leadership qualities, like those so perfectly demonstrated by Auth. His kindness and empathy will be missed, but his example will be felt for years to come.


Joseph Zaweski, MHS ’00, is the program director at Valparaiso PA program in Indiana. Additionally, he chaired the PAEA Task Force for PA Educator Competencies which culminated in their adoption as official association policy at the 2018 Forum. He was also appointed an associate editor for the seventh edition of Ballweg's Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice.

Stephanie Cardace, MHS ’12, has been named to the James Madison University Alumni board of directors.

Kelley McCormack, MHS ’18, was engaged recently. An April 2020 wedding is planned.

Emily Ortiz, MHS ’18, was part of the team that completed the first outpatient robotic total knee arthroplasty in the state of Oregon in September 2019.

Jessica DeLuise, MHS '11, is teaming up with Produce for Kids, which promotes nutrition education for children, in a monthly web series, Food Rx, which will include Instagram Live videos as well as blog posts and podcast episodes focusing on the important role food plays in overall health. The first segment will air on Instagram on July 14 where Ms. DeLuise will be sharing kid-friendly recipe ideas and talking through the health benefits of each recipe. Ms. DeLuise is a physician assistant and culinary medicine specialist who writes for

Henry Mensack, BS physician assistant '98, joined the Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. Mensack joined OASD in July 2008. He was previously a registered nurse, practicing at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE.

Rick Irving, MHS '06, was appointed corporate director of Collaborative Care at Cape Fear Valley Health. In his new duties, Irving will oversee patient movement throughout their continuum of care at Cape Fear Valley, help manage clinical support for health system hospitalists and manage patient care in a new Transition of Care Services Unit.

Tara J. Bugbee, DO, MS, physician assistant, '05, an emergency medicine physician at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, recently received board certification from the American Osteopathic Association Board of Emergency Medicine.


Assistant Clinical Professor Ryan J. Clancy

Ryan J. Clancy, MSHS, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA, has been an integral member of the Drexel University Physician Assistant program since 2014. He is a hybrid faculty member having dual teaching and administrative responsibilities in both the didactic year and clinical year of the program. Clancy was appointed to the role of co-director of clinical education in 2018. He has worked as a clinical coordinator for various clinical rotations and has been course director of the Clinical Skills III course which is a bridge course to the student’s clinical year. He currently serves as the course director for the program’s Patient Communications course and is the course director for the Primary Care Practicum I/II clinical rotations. In September 2019, he was promoted to the rank of assistant clinical professor.

Clancy is an ambassador for the National Health Service Corps having been a National Health Service Corps Scholar during his physician assistant training at The George Washington University. His commitment to service continued when he joined the Drexel PA program as he served as the advisor to the W.W. Oaks Drexel University PA student society. While an advisor, the Drexel PA program was one of seven local PA programs recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and awarded the PA Partnership Award for their role in the PA Olympics, an intercollegiate, philanthropic student-run local charity event. He has also been an advisor to the Drexel chapter of Global Brigades during their Water Brigade service mission to rural Honduras.

Ryan J. Clancy, MSHS, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA shaking hands with student from PA White Coat Ceremony

Clinically, Clancy has practiced exclusively as a primary care physician assistant treating the medically underserved in Philadelphia. He spent the first ten years of his PA career at a local primary care center, first with their Medical Outreach to the Homeless department and then at their satellite office, as a provider in the joint primary and behavioral healthcare integration center. He continues to work part time clinically in a local urgent care/occupational medicine facility each week.

Clancy maintains professional affiliation with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA), where he also serves on the state society's awards committee. He is a board-certified physician assistant recognized by the AAPA as a Distinguished Fellow.

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