Physician Assistant Studies Program

Open Session for PA applicants announced

NSU's Physician Assistant Studies Program will be hosting the Open Sessions. This is your opportunity to come and see our program and tour our facilities. You will also have a chance to meet the program director, medical director and other faculty and staff. There will be a presentation and then time for questions and answers. If you are considering NSU's Physician Assistant program, click here to RSVP. See you there!

May 2 and June 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Each in NSU Muskogee Synar Center. Meet at the reception desk in the rotunda.
See you there!

Northeastern State University (NSU) is a regional university founded on the rich heritage of the Cherokee Nation and committed to developing diverse, knowledgeable and well-trained graduates. The Physician Assistant Studies Program is part of a broad university plan for developing and implementing  programming that provides direct benefit to the regional needs of northeastern Oklahoma. The 27-month physician assistant studies curriculum will consist of 57 credit hours in the didactic year housed on NSU’s Muskogee Campus and 61 credit hours in the clinical year of training conducted through regional medical centers including Northeastern Health System, the Cherokee Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers and Saint Francis Health System.

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Fax: 918-444-5411

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Goals, Mission & Accreditation

Accreditation Statement:

Northeastern State University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Northeastern State University Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates matriculating its first class in July 2019, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2019 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. (ARC-PA Standard A3.14a)

Program Goals:

The goals of NSU’s Physician Assistant Studies Program are as follows:

  • The program will provide a learning environment that promotes critical thinking and self-directed learning in a comprehensive curriculum of basic and clinical sciences.
  • The program will promote an educational environment of cultural sensitivity, inclusion, and respect for individual differences.
  • Students will learn a team-based approach to patient-centered care and problem solving in preparation for roles in interprofessional healthcare team, community service, and leadership.
  • Graduates will demonstrate high levels of medical knowledge and effectively apply that knowledge to patient care.
  • Graduates will provide healthcare in rural Oklahoma and in service to American Indian populations.
  • The Program will post the success of achieving these goals on this website after the first cohort completes the program.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Northeastern State University is to address the increasing shortage of healthcare professionals in Northeastern Oklahoma and surrounding communities by graduating exceptionally qualified and compassionate physician assistants. We seek to address the healthcare needs, resident well-being, and economic health of this region and state by providing a high quality graduate program designed to educate exceptional physician assistant practitioners with the highest ethical standards. Sensitivity will be instilled in PA students for the American Indian populations and the underserved utilizing a modern campus and outstanding medical educators.