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害羞草研究所. Scholastica

Prepare for Your Clinical Practice

For more than 100 years, St. Scholastica has been committed to meeting the healthcare needs of rural areas in Minnesota and neighboring states. Those needs led to the creation of our nursing program in the 1930s and the development of our PA program.

PA surgical procedure technique being done by a St. Scholastica student.Through a values-based curriculum, our primary care-focused PA program teaches students to provide exceptional primary healthcare in any setting. As a student, you鈥檒l learn in the classroom, through hands-on labs and clinical placements throughout the Midwest. You鈥檒l collaborate with graduate students in several health professions to prepare for clinical practice through interprofessional teamwork. Upon graduation, you鈥檒l be eligible to sit for the and be practice-ready.

Fast Facts

  • The only PA Master鈥檚 program north of the Twin Cities
  • Innovative rural healthcare-focused curriculum and high-tech classrooms
  • Procedure and skills-based training
  • Focus on experiencing continuity of care with 12 weeks of primary care rotations
  • Opportunities for longitudinal pathway with multiple rotations in a rural community
  • 28-month program, including summers

The St. Scholastica Advantage

St. Scholastica PA Students practicing anatomy painting.In this program, you will receive individualized attention from career-focused faculty at the region鈥檚 leader in health science education. Learn in a state-of-the-art setting featuring the latest simulation, telehealth and technology-supported patient care equipment. Through the program, you鈥檒l also gain knowledge and skills through:

  • Grant-supported program to enhance and expand rural primary care curriculum using medical simulation software, anatomy body painting and online textbooks software, anatomy body painting and online textbooks
  • Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), laparoscopic simulation, MAT training and telehealth certification
  • Collaboration with regional health systems known for excellent clinical education 鈥 including two local Level I and II trauma-designated, award-winning healthcare systems that offer over 75 specialties

Faculty interactions have been excellent. We work with very lifelike mannequins and we have also had simulated patient encounters.

Jacob Bottelbergh

Degree Details

Tuition

Tuition: $915/credit*

  • Total tuition cost: 鈥$101,565 for the 111-credit degree (2023-24 rate)
  • Total program cost (tuition and fees): $109,219
  • For a full description of all program-related costs, view the .
  • For a full description of the policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees, view the St. Scholastica website for details.
  • These figures are for estimation purposes only. Because tuition and fee rates change each year, your costs for the 28-month degree will likely be higher than the total figures quoted here.
  • Additional fees apply for labs, equipment, certification and supplies. These fees are in effect for the 2023-24 academic year and are subject to change. Additional information about current tuition rates and fees is available on our financial aid pages and the .

* Tuition rates are for the 2023-24 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.

Program Overview

Program Mission

In accordance with our Benedictine values, 害羞草研究所. Scholastica鈥檚 PA Medicine program鈥檚 mission is to educate PA students within a comprehensive, interprofessional and innovative curriculum to provide high-quality care across the lifespan and meet the healthcare needs of our region.

Outcomes

PANCE Results

All graduates of an accredited PA program must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) prior to obtaining a license to practice. This exam is developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). View the College of St. Scholastica鈥檚 PA program鈥檚 .

Graduation and Attrition Rates
ARC-PA Student Attrition St. Scholastica PA Medicine Program
Graduating Year 2020 2021 2022
Maximum entering class
size (as approved by ARC-PA)
34 38 38
Entering class size 31 30 30
Graduates 28 30 28
*Attrition rate 10% 0 7%
**Graduation rate 90% 100% 93%

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Comments
  • Class of 2020: 2 students decelerated and graduated with the Class of 2021; 1 student withdrew
  • Class of 2022: 1 student decelerated and is anticipated to graduate with the Class of 2023; 1 student withdrew
Program Goals and Outcomes

The program has defined measurable goals for its graduates. The following data has been collected after the graduation of its first two classes in 2019 and 2020, and is published here:

  1. Graduate PA students who are committed to providing primary care to rural/underserved Populations:
    1. Benchmark: Graduate CSS PA students will exceed the average percentage of recently graduated PAs working in primary care and underserved urban/rural settings, as defined and reported by the NCCPA1-3.
    2. Outcome for Class of 2019: Goal was met with 32% of CSS PA Graduates in primary care and 40% of CSS PA Graduates in rural/underserved settings4 (Per the 2018 NCCPA reports1,2, 20% of graduate PAs were working in primary care1 and 14% in underserved urban/rural settings2).
    3. Outcome for Class of 2020: Goal was met with 24% of CSS PA Graduates in primary care and 28% of CSS PA Graduates in rural/underserved settings4 (Per the 2020 NCCPA report3, 23% of recently certified PAs were working in primary care and 20% in underserved urban/rural settings).
  2. Graduate PA students who will practice in the upper midwest, primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin:
    1. Benchmark: The majority of CSS PA graduates (>50%) will practice in the seven-state region, primarily in Minnesota/Wisconsin.
    2. Outcome for Class of 2019: Goal was met with 77% of CSS PA graduates practicing in Minnesota or Wisconsin4.
    3. Outcome for Class of 2020: Goal was met with 84% of CSS PA graduates practicing in Minnesota or Wisconsin4.
  3. Graduate PA students will be employed within three months of passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE):
    1. Benchmark: The number of CSS PA graduates choosing to seek employment and employed within three months of passing the PANCE will meet the national average as reported by the NCCPA2,3.
    2. Outcome for Class of 2019: 71% of respondents surveyed by the program indicated they were employed within three months of passing the PANCE (Per the 2018 NCCPA report2, 67% of PA graduates who chose to seek employment were employed within three months of passing the PANCE).
    3. Outcome for Class of 2020: 90% of respondents surveyed by the program indicated they were employed within three months of passing the PANCE (Per the 2020 NCCPA report3, 84% of PA graduates who chose to seek employment were employed within three months of passing the PANCE).
  4. Educate PA students to achieve the foundational knowledge required to enter into PA professional practice:
    1. Benchmark: First-time PANCE pass rates will meet the national average (NCCPA).
    2. Outcomes: First-time PANCE pass rate was 86% (NCCPA National First-time PANCE pass rate was 93%) for the Class of 2019 and 93% (NCCPA National First-time PANCE pass rate was 95%) for the Class of 2020; overall PANCE pass rate for CSS PA graduates was 100%5.

1 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (2018). .

2 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (2018). .

3 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. (2020). .

4 Data obtained from 害羞草研究所. Scholastica PA alumni surveys from the 2019 and 2020 cohorts, last updated December 2021.

5 害羞草研究所. Scholastica PA Program data from the , last updated April 2021.

Curriculum

Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

Licensure

To become a certified PA following completion of a Master’s program, you must pass the聽, a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprising questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.

Student Employment

The PA Medicine program is extremely intense and rigorous. The program expects the student鈥檚 position in the program to be their primary responsibility and that any outside activity, including student employment, must not interfere with their abilities to accomplish the program expectations. Employment is strongly discouraged during the program. The College will not alter or adjust the program expectations, assignments, deadlines and responsibilities to accommodate working students.

Policies

  • Policy on Advanced Placement: Advanced Placement is not accepted or available.
  • Policy on Experiential Learning: No credit will be granted to students for experiential learning performed prior to the start of the program.

Both policies are outlined in the , page 32.

Clinicals

Clinical Rotations

The clinical training for PA students is similar to that of a medical student. Your first year is almost entirely classroom instruction with some clinical experiences. During the second half of PA training, you will be immersed in the clinical environment with a clinical preceptor as your guide and teacher. The clinical preceptor can be a board-certified PA, NP, MD or DO. The clinical phase of PA education includes core rotations in primary care, inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, women鈥檚 health and general surgery. You will also be involved in an elective rotation in a medical specialty area.

The program maintains over 300 clinical sites with clinicians who work with the program to provide clinical experience and training. The Director of Clinical Education and the program arrange all of your clinical rotation experiences for you.

Although you may not develop or arrange your clinical site/schedule, you may identify potential new sites and/or preceptors. For more information regarding this process, view the Preceptor/Site Contact Information on page 54 of the .

Interested in becoming a preceptor?

Clinical preceptors are a fundamental and valued ingredient in the education of the next generation of PAs. If you are interested in participating in the education of future PAs, please complete the form. Thank you for your interest 鈥 we will be in touch!

Career Outlook

St. Scholastica PA Medicine graduates group photo in front of the Health Science Center in Duluth, MN.As healthcare providers try to combat the rising costs, the demand for PAs is increasing dramatically. In fact, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for between 2021 and 2031. As demand for healthcare services grows, PAs will be needed to provide care to patients.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to 害羞草研究所. Scholastica PA Medicine Program sponsored by 害羞草研究所. Scholastica. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2031. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program鈥檚 accreditation history can be viewed on the .

The Health Science Center at BlueStone: A Beautiful Place to Learn

This program is located in the Health Science Center (HSC) at BlueStone, approximately one mile from the main St Scholastica campus in Duluth. The BlueStone development includes retail, restaurants, and housing in addition to the HSC. , 听补苍诲听聽offer convenient high-end housing options for students. The HSC includes state-of-the-art classroom space, meeting rooms, faculty offices, and student lounge areas overlooking Lake Superior. The聽maurices Community Clinic is also located in the HSC, providing students with mentored hands-on learning opportunities and interdisciplinary training.

The Convenience of BlueStone Living

聽about on-site housing options.

Admission Information

Visit our admissions page for information about transcripts, online application, international admissions and financing.

Application Deadlines

Applications open on April 27 in for the following fall enrollment period. Deadline: Aug. 1.

Eligibility

  • Completion of a bachelor鈥檚 degree at a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.0
  • All prerequisites must have a minimum grade of “C”
  • 750 hours of paid direct patient/client work experience (HCE) is strongly encouraged. A successful applicant will typically have greater than 750 HCE hours. An applicant may still apply while actively completing HCE hours and will have the opportunity to describe plans for completion on the CASPA application. Typical experiences may include CNA, personal care attendant through an agency, EMT, paramedic, scribe, or other healthcare professional. The key part of this requirement is that the experience must involve direct, face-to-face service with the patient/client.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a PA
  • All students must also review the聽 (pdf) required for program entry
  • Applicants are required to complete the GRE with analytical writing within five years of application. Request official scores to be sent to CASPA code 0552. MCAT scores are not accepted. GRE writing score above national average preferred.
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite course grades must be C or better; prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or above.

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics

Note: Labs are recommended in science-related courses, when applicable. All prerequisites must have been completed within 10 years* from the year of application. All prerequisites must be completed, via official transcript, by Aug. 1 of the program start year. Preference is given to those applicants with the majority of the science prerequisites complete (with a letter grade) at the time of application. Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the PA program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning.

Applicants must report every college course attempted in the Coursework section of the CASPA application, including those courses later repeated for a higher grade. CASPA GPAs include ALL courses completed with grades/credits, even if they were later repeated for a higher grade.

Due to the high volume of interest in the PA Medicine program at 害羞草研究所. Scholastica, the Office of Graduate Admissions does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. If you have specific questions about a particular course, please reference the prerequisite equivalency tables to determine if the course meets the stated requirement.

*Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. These requests must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by July 1 to allow ample time for review prior to the Aug. 1 application deadline. The Department Chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies and grant waivers for time limitations without full PA Admission Committee involvement.聽 Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will not be considered. The Department Chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions Counselor of waiver decisions in writing.

Policy regarding Pass/No Pass (P/F, C/NC, S/U) and online coursework due to COVID-19 impact

Any prerequisite course taken for credit (pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, etc.) between spring 2020 鈥 spring 2021 will be accepted; however, it will not count toward the prerequisite GPA. We strongly encourage grades if there is an option between grades and pass/fail. We have always accepted grades from regionally accredited online courses and will continue to do so.

Selection Process

The admissions committee will consider:

  • Cognitive factors which include cumulative and prerequisite GPA, and GRE with writing score. Additional consideration is given to applicants who exceed the minimum GPA requirements, show upward GPA trends (undergraduate/post-bacc/graduate) and have GRE scores above the national average.
  • Admissions preference will be given to applicants with a St. Scholastica undergraduate degree, and/or demographic factors which include those from rural/urban communities, those from underrepresented and underserved populations, and those from the upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota, with an emphasis on students from Minnesota and Wisconsin)
  • Interest in underrepresented populations and primary care as demonstrated by healthcare and volunteer experiences that indicate a commitment to service
  • Desired qualities include student career goals that fit the program鈥檚 mission, professionalism, interpersonal skills and dedication to lifelong learning
Veteran Preference

害羞草研究所. Scholastica has a long-standing history of supporting veterans in reaching their career goals. The PA Medicine program at St. Scholastica is committed to our nation’s veterans. We offer admissions preference to all veteran applicants. While this does not guarantee admission, it is an acknowledgment of the College’s dedication to veterans and their needs.

Online Application

  1. Submit a聽. The program does not interview applicants for admission.* We may contact you by email or phone to clarify the information in your CASPA application.
  2. Transcripts: Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to CASPA. Instructions are indicated on the .
  3. In the CASPA application, enter contact information for three people to submit recommendation information/letters on your behalf. Applicants will be asked to provide a personal statement and a response to three program-specific essay questions.
  4. After the application deadline, completed and verified applications from CASPA will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

*Interviews may contribute to bias in the candidate selection process. To minimize this effect, the St. Scholastica PA Medicine program uses a holistic admissions approach and does not interview applicants. We have found this supports a more diverse and inclusive student body.

Accepted Students

  • Submit $500 non-refundable deposit and Decision Response Form. Upon matriculation, this deposit is applied to the student鈥檚 tuition.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the my.CSS student portal/My Health/Forms.
  • Meet specific health requirements of the PA Medicine program prior to Matriculation:
    • Immunization Requirements as described in the聽
  • Pass mandated criminal background checks prior to the first day of classes. Background checks will be completed during orientation.
  • Submit a copy of current BLS certification (certification needs to be current through August of the didactic year)

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty鈥檚 commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.

害羞草研究所. Scholastica

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Duluth, MN 55811
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