The University of Maryland Graduate School in Baltimore (UMB) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) promote excellence in education in order to produce competent, ethical and compassionate primary care providers. Together we recognize and promote the value of diversity, lifelong learning, research and scholarship.
In order to accomplish this mission, emphasis is placed not only on scholarship in the program but on professionalism as well. As a result, our students are expected to demonstrate the principles of integrity, honesty, respect, and ethical behavior.
Health care is poised to experience the greatest employment growth of any sector in the U.S. over the next few years. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics is predicting the field will experience 19% growth across the nation by 2024. Additionally, the demand for physician assistants is projected to grow 30% from 2014 to 2024. The knowledge and training you'll receive in the M.S. Health Science with Physician Assistant Concentration will prepare you to capitalize on this growth in a number of fields, including:
- Primary Care
- Emergency Medicine
- Medical Specialties
- Public Health
- Health Research
- Healthcare Planning
- Healthcare Administration
- Academic Research Institutions
- Public Policy
The M.S. in Health Science with Physician Assistant Concentration is a 25-month, 36-credit program offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). Students will be dually enrolled, and will complete 6 credits via in-person classes at AACC; the remaining 30 hours offered by UMB will be completed online.
Students will become competent, ethical and compassionate health care providers who are ready to fulfill the roles and duties of the primary care physician assistant, recognize and promote the value of diversity and who are committed to lifelong learning. Students who complete all course work from both institutions satisfactorily will receive their PA credential from AACC and the Master of Science in Health Science Degree from UMB and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam for Physician Assistants.
In addition, at the conclusion of their study, students in the MSHS program will be prepared to:
- Search, interpret and evaluate the medical and public health literature; including qualitative and quantitative studies.
- Examine and critically appraise healthcare delivery systems and health policy at the local and global level.
- Discuss and inform health care system care delivery, patient safety, quality and risk management.
- Apply knowledge to improve prevention of disease, maintenance of public health and participate in disease surveillance, reporting and intervention.
- Articulate and explain principles and practice of medical and public health ethics.
- Do I have to apply through CASPA?
YES, all applicants must apply through CASPA and the application must be completed and received by AACC by September 1 for consideration.
AACC will send notification via e-mail when the application is received and instructions regarding how to proceed with the admission process
Applicants are encouraged to submit their CASPA applications by July 1, 2020 to ensure the application is completed by the September 1, 2020 deadline. Only applications that reflect all of the completed program requirements will be reviewed. Applications that do not reflect all of the listed program requirements will be considered incomplete; applicants still working on the listed program requirements are encouraged to wait until the next admissions cycle to apply. Please review the applicant’s checklist prior to clicking “submit” on your CASPA application to be sure it is a complete application.
- Do my prerequisites need to be completed by the application deadline?
All prerequisites must be posted with grades on official transcripts submitted to CASPA.
- Does my degree need to be completed by the application deadline?
Conferred degree and date must be posted on official transcripts submitted to CASPA.
- Does the type of bachelor’s degree matter?
No, any bachelor’s degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution is acceptable.
- If I retake a course, which grade will count for my GPA?
For cumulative GPA and science GPA (as calculated by CASPA) ALL courses will be counted in the GPA. AACC uses the GPA calculated by CASPA.
- Do I still need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if I already have a master’s degree or higher?
Yes, official scores within the last five years must be submitted from ETS directly to CASPA using the identified code for the AACC/UMB Collaborative Physician Assistant Program. The UMB Graduate School normally requires GRE scores for admission and uses GRE scores as part of the data on which it bases its admission decisions. The scores, however, are never the sole criteria for admission.
- Can I work while I am in the AACC/UMB Physician Assistant program?
The program is very challenging and students need a time commitment for studying and clinical education. For your success in the program, we do not recommend that you work while matriculating in this program.
- Can I get credit for previous academic work or work experience?
No, the AACC/UMB PA Program does not grant credit for prior academic or work experience. Prerequisite requirements and work experience are factored into the ranking system used to evaluate applicants. Work experience is verified as needed through the admission and CASPA application process.
- How often do you admit students?
Once a year. Since the CASPA cycle opens mid-April, we recommend submitting a CASPA application by July 1 so that a completed CASPA application is received by AACC by the deadline date of September 1. Interviews are held in the fall for competitive applicants and selections are made for the new class that begins in the following May of each year.
- Do you offer a part-time PA program?
No, our program is a 25-month, full-time program.
- I am a foreign educated applicant; will you accept my foreign transcript?
After completing the CASPA application, AACC may request official evaluations for all foreign transcripts (for all higher-level institutions attended), evaluated by one of the following organizations: World Education Services (WES) at wes.org or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) at www.ece.org. No other evaluation services will be accepted. Anne Arundel Community College will not evaluate these documents prior to going through this process.
- I am foreign educated; do I have to take the TOEFL?
All foreign educated students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to submitting their CASPA application. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score (reflected on the CASPA application) for admission is 250 for the computer-based test and 100 for the internet-based test. Please note that TOEFL scores are only valid for two years from the date the CASPA application is submitted.
- If I send letters of recommendation to CASPA, do I need to submit them to UMB as well?
No, UMB obtains letters of recommendation from CASPA. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that CASPA receives all three letters of recommendation.
- I do not have a background in the health care field. How can I obtain patient contact experience?
Patient contact experience is recommended; however, it is not required. A student who does not have patient contact experience can take a one-semester course and possibly earn a professional certificate in just four months and begin to accrue patient contact experience hours as a paid health professional (or nationally certified professional such as an EMT). Some of the courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters at Anne Arundel Community College. Some are even offered during the summer session. Volunteer and student hours are not considered under the program’s current definition for patient contact experience.
- What are the PANCE first-time pass rates?
Please review the Five Year PANCE Report.
- How many seats are available in the PA program?
There are 40 seats available.
- How many applications does your program typically receive?
The typical number of applications received is more than 500.
- If I am offered a seat in the program, how do I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid for the program is completed through the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Office of Student Financial Assistance. The school code is 002104and you can contact them directly at 410-706-7347 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Financial Assistance page here.
- I am a graduate from the program. How do I obtain degree and transcript verifications?
If you graduated in 2019 or before, please refer to the Anne Arundel Community College Office of Records and Registration. Individuals who graduate in 2020 and after, please refer to the University of Maryland Office of the Registrar.
- The 2019-2020 application cycle is now closed. The 2020-2021 application cycle will open in CASPA April 2020.
- Please visit our website in early 2020 for updated admissions and program information
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