Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Prepare for a rewarding medical career in patient care

Physician assistants play a vital role in our health care system. Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will prepare you to provide patient care in a variety of medical environments, helping to improve access to and quality of care.

You’ll have most of the same responsibilities that a medical doctor does. Your daily activities may include:

  • Conducting exams
  • Diagnosing and treating illness
  • Ordering and interpreting tests
  • Prescribing medication
  • Counseling patients on preventive care
  • Performing medical procedures and assisting in surgery
  • Making rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
  • Conducting clinical research

#3Best Healthcare Jobs, U.S. News & World Report

#5fastest growing job in America, Bureau of Labor Statistics

$104,860median pay in 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll learn

Physician assistants have to be ready for anything—and our program ensures you will be.

Our 27-month/seven-semester program is based on medical school curriculum and includes classroom education and extensive clinical training. Our focus is on preparing you to provide care in underserved and urban communities—places where quality health care is badly needed and currently lacking. You’ll graduate ready to take on any challenge and make a difference in the lives of people who need you most.

Your studies will cover six broad areas:

  • Didactic coursework (fundamental science and medical knowledge)
  • Clinical skills (including communication, patient interview and physical exam techniques, critical thinking, and clinical procedures)
  • Professionalism
  • Inter-professional collaborative education and work environments
  • Cultural awareness
  • Clinical rotations in urban/rural community-based practice settings as well as rotations in large, university-affiliated academic medical centers

Certificate & Licensure

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Indiana University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. Graduates of the IU MPAS Program will be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), which is offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). All Program graduates are expected to take the PANCE.
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To view the 2018 report click HERE.

Learn more at the NCCPA website »

Physician assistants in Indiana are regulated through the Physician Assistant Committee of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).

Practicing as a PA in Indiana requires the following:

  • Graduation from an accredited PA program
  • Passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE)
  • Passing a criminal background check
  • Approval of license application and required supporting, including identification of supervising physician(s)

Information about Indiana Physician Assistant licensure is available from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Cost and finances

Tuition Total based on 109 credit hours


$544.25 per

credit hour


$785.00 per

credit hour


General, Tech,  Rehab & Repair Fees

Breakdown per semester

Summer Session I (18)




Fall Semester (18)




Spring Semester (19)




Summer Session I (16)




Fall Semester (13)




Spring Semester (14)




Summer Semester (11)










Additional IUPUI Fees 2018-2019



Interprofessional Education Fee (one-time fee)



IUPUI Graduate Application Fee



IUPUI Campus Parking (optional)

Student Surface Annual Permit



International Student Visa Processing Fee (if applicable)





Other Costs



Background Check



Textbooks per semester (required texts)

Estimated $800 per semester


Medical equipment and white coat

Estimated $1,250.00


JagTag Student ID (Mandatory)

FREE (Replacement card, $25)


Malpractice Insurance

Provided by Indiana University


We do not refund submitted enrollment deposits. The deposit “holds” a position in the class and is due after an admission offer is provided. In the case an applicant deposits with us and opts to withdraw, the enrollment deposit is not refunded and reverts to the recruitment account.