Master of Medical Science Degree
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The Physician Assistant Department offers a Master of Medical Science Degree. The Physician Assistant Program constitutes the professional preparation for students desiring to become Physician Assistants. The four-year course of study is comprised of a two-year Pre-Professional Phase and a 24-month Professional Program. Upon successful completion of prerequisite courses in the Pre-Professional Phase, students will be qualified to apply for entry into the Professional Program. Entry into the Professional Program is competitive and not guaranteed. UMES students receive Professional Program entry preference.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to deliver primary health care services to diverse patient populations with acute to chronic medical and surgical conditions in both rural and urban communities. As a Physician Assistant, they manage patients throughout the life cycle in both community and institutionally based clinical practices. Upon graduation, Physician Assistants take a National Certification Examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.