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.

#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. 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
  • Interprofessional 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.

The program does not grant advanced placement to any applicant. No courses taken prior to entrance in the program will substitute for any required courses within the program.

Program Completion Requirements

In order to graduate from the Indiana University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, a student must complete the following requirements:

  • Passing grade (C or better) in each required course in the curriculum
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA 
  • Complete professionalism self-assessments during the didactic and clinical phases
  • Complete clinical year competencies and minimum patient encounter requirements
  • Successful completion of the Summative Evaluation, which includes:
    • Comprehensive Written Examination (evaluates medical knowledge)
    • Multiple practical examination stations to evaluate clinical skills and professional behavior
  • Complete exit surveys and focus group
  • Complete payment of all tuition, program, and campus fees

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 (15)




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 coats

Estimated $1,250.00


IAPA and AAPA professional membership dues

$20 (IAPA), $75 (AAPA)


IAPA annual conference



JagTag Student ID (Mandatory)

FREE (Replacement card, $25)


Malpractice Insurance

Provided by Indiana University


The enrollment deposit is $500.00.  It is non-refundable and required at the time of acceptance to secure a position in the program. It will be applied toward the first-semester tuition.

This information is an ESTIMATE and is subject to change at any time.  Students are encouraged to calculate tuition at the IUPUI Bursar’s website:

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