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University System of Maryland Hagerstown

Physician Assistant (M.M.S.)

The Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MMS-PAS) program at Frostburg State University (FSU) at USMH is a professional degree program intended to prepare students academically and professionally for responsibilities, services, and leadership as a Physician Assistant. This graduate education program consists of two phases spanning 24 months to include intersessions and summers with a total of 117 credits. Phase I (didactic phase) represents the pre-clinical year and spans the first 12 months, representing 74 program credits. Phase II (clinical field education phase) represents 43 program credits including ten diverse supervised clinical field experiences (Supervised Clinical Practice Experience or SCPEs) over a period of 39 consecutive weeks. Categorical learning domains include human anatomy, basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, clinical assessment and diagnostics, clinical patient care skills and interventions, professional development, research, and multiple field practice experiences.

Frostburg State University is the program's sponsoring institution and will operate the program at University System of Maryland Higher Education Center campus located in Hagerstown, Maryland. The program will operate out of the USMH Agnita Schreiber Health Sciences Center with over 8,000 square feet of newly renovated space with state-of-the-art teaching and learning space and equipment.

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