About the Physician Assistant Degree


The MPAS degree is a clinically based program that provides the academic and clinical education necessary to become competent practicing physician assistants.


The mission of the Kettering College physician assistant studies program is to provide, in a Christian environment, the academic and clinical experience necessary to develop competent empathetic professional health care providers who are dedicated to lifelong learning.


The physician assistant course of study will produce outstanding new physician assistants. Using innovative learning methods and a commitment to mentor and empower students, Kettering College educates its PA students to exhibit the highest standards of intellectual, ethical, and spiritual maturity. They exemplify professional excellence and leadership in meeting the challenges of the profession in an evolving health care environment.


The MPAS degree requires a minimum of 45 graduate level credits for graduation. All physician assistant (PHAS) courses must be taken at Kettering College.

Kettering College does not grant advanced placement in either the didactic phase or the clinical rotation phase.


The physician assistant degree at Kettering College is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and the Higher Learning Commission. The physician assistant program is also an active member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

Kettering College’s PA degree was granted accreditation upon its first application in 1975, and it has maintained active accreditation since then. In both 2000 and 2007, the program was granted a seven-year re-accreditation status, a distinction only approximately 10 percent of PA programs receive.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Kettering College. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 March 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.


Successful completion of the program leads to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). Graduates are eligible for the examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Certification is a requirement for licensure to practice in all states.