Preparing students to become physician assistants who serve with integrity and provide meaningful medical care.

At Bethel, the M.S. in Physician Assistant program is an expansion of our leading nursing, biology, and healthcare programs. Our goal is that PA graduates will leave Bethel prepared to work alongside physicians, treating illnesses and serving their patients with compassion.

Relevant Skill Development

Through coursework, lab sessions, and clinical rotations, students will become skilled in diagnosing patients, treating diseases, prescribing medications, and assisting with preventive care. The 27-month program gives students a broad knowledge and experience base to apply to a range of career options within the PA field.

Our facilities offer state-of-the-art lab equipment, including patient simulators that provide hands-on experience right in the classroom. Plus, rotations in several specialty areas will give our students the chance to apply what they’re learning in class to a variety of real-world settings.

Foundation in Ethics

Beyond building a strong medical foundation, we know the best care comes from professionals who have the skills to think critically and a heart for serving their patients. Our professors weave their Christian faith into their courses and help students explore how their own values and ethics integrate with their work as physician assistants.

Getting Started

Considering the M.S. in Physician Assistant at Bethel? See the list of prerequisite courses you'll need to complete before entering the program and learn more about how to apply.


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from the matriculation of the first class.

Programs at Bethel University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the PA program has been added to our list of approved programs with the HLC; the PA program is also registered with the Minnesota Department of Education.

View graduate performance on certification exam (NCCPA PANCE rates).

Program Goals

Develop skills for excellent medical practice. Our students build a balanced core of knowledge from the fields of humanities, natural and social sciences, medical sciences, behavioral sciences, and evidence-based medicine.

Live out ethical principles. PA students at Bethel are committed to personal and professional growth. They develop the critical thinking skills needed for providing sound medical care.

Serve their community and all cultures. We’re passionate about helping students recognize the privilege of serving others regardless of color, social, ethnic, religious, or economic status—and the privilege of working as a member of a healthcare team.

Possess integrity and compassion. Our professors teach courses from a Christian perspective, believing all people have worth and dignity. They’ve dedicated their skills to Bethel because they believe in preparing physician assistants to serve patients and colleagues with grace and compassion.

Program Start Date

The M.S. in Physician Assistant program begins yearly in June.

Application Deadline

Applications for the June 2016 start must be submitted by August 1, 2015.

All application materials must be submitted to CASPA, and supplemental materials to Bethel admissions on or before August 1, 2015.