Physician Assistant Studies

Earn a master of physician assistant studies (MPAS) degree

As an IU Indianapolis student, you are in the center of the state’s leading health-care systems and facilities. This means clinical experiences are within walking distance at one of four on-campus hospitals or within leading nearby facilities in the surrounding metropolitan area.

You will learn directly from practicing clinicians, educators, and community partners who are dedicated to advancing health care and improving patient outcomes. You will also be part of a community that advocates for physician assistants, other advanced practice providers, physician partners, and patients.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to be a leader and innovator in the field, meeting the health-care needs of our communities and solving complex medical problems, as well as be part of a network of professionals who transform patient lives while inspiring others to live well.

Learning in our new facilities, you will participate in a 27-month, accredited Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program and be ready to join one of the most rapidly growing professions in the health-care field. Your studies will cover six broad areas and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a practicing physician assistant:

  • 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 humility
  • Clinical rotations in urban and rural community-based practice settings as well as rotations in large, university-affiliated academic medical centers

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Meet our MPAS students

Learn about the students enrolled in our most recent cohort of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program graduating in August 2025.



  • 36 females, 8 males
  • Age mean: 22
  • Age range between 20 and 37
  • 31 in-state, 13 out-of-state students

  • 38 white non-Hispanic/Latinx
  • 2 white Hispanic/Latinx
  • 1 Asian Indian
  • 1 Asian
  • 1 Asian Filipino
  • 1 White/Filipino

  • Cumulative range 3.61–4.0
  • Cumulative average 3.87
  • Overall math/science range 3.69–4.0
  • Overall math/science average 3.83

#1Best health care jobs, U.S. News & World Report

$121,530Median pay in 2023, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Lauren Procter

While in Indiana University’s physician assistant program, I have learned more than I ever thought I could and have made friendships with faculty and peers that will last a lifetime. I cannot wait to apply what I have learned in my future endeavors

Lauren Procter, PA Student