Leadership Tracks and Thesis

Fostering Leadership Potential

The Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies Program desires to develop exceptional clinical PAs and future PA leaders. Beyond the core curriculum and clerkships, students are required to select a leadership track, take elective courses in their area of interest and complete a thesis.   The leadership tracks are intended to foster leadership potential in each student in one of five domains.  The leadership tracks include Community Health, Health Services and Policy Research, Clinical Research, Medical Education, and Healthcare Administration.

The Leadership Track in Healthcare Administration is designed to give students an overview of key topics in healthcare administration, economics, and workforce issues for advanced practice providers. Through a faculty-mentored scholarly experience, students will engage in research related to healthcare economics, healthcare administration, advanced practice provider utilization, scope of practice, professional advocacy, and leadership training and development.