Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.)

Engage in high level practice and leadership in a variety of settings.

Receive the academic and professional knowledge you need for the responsibilities, services and leadership of a Physician Assistant with a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant from Frostburg State University. You'll learn to make informed decisions about patient care consistent with the up-to-date scientific evidence and sound clinical judgement. The program is committed to excellence, compassion, and patient-centered care to serve rural and medically underserved areas in Maryland and beyond. This exciting, ever-expanding field allows you to work in a variety of specialties.


Frostburg State University is the program's sponsoring institution and operates the program at University System of Maryland Higher Education Center site located in Hagerstown, Maryland, where many of our graduate programs in Education are also housed. The program operates out of the USMH Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Health Sciences Center with over 8,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated space with state-of-the art teaching and learning space and equipment.

Physician Assistant Program Highlights

  • Get involved in organizations and programs such as Opioid response Program, Student Government and PA Advocacy

  • Scholarships available

  • Prepare to meet the needs of rural and underserved populations.

What can I do with a Physician Assistant degree?


Median pay for physician assistant (BLS 2021)



Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 12,700 openings for physician assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The growing population will continue to increase demand for healthcare services. A rise in the number of older people, who are more likely than young people to require medical care, and of patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, will also increase healthcare demand. These increases, in turn, drive the need for healthcare providers such as physician assistants (PAs), who often provide preventive care and treat the sick.

What You'll Learn

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 68 program credits. Phase II (clinical field education phase) represents 49 program credits including ten diverse supervised clinical field experiences (Supervised Clinical Practice Experience or SCPEs) and a four credit summative capstone course over a period of 12 months.

The PA program at FSU has been an immersive experience for me and has provided me with great educational experience.

Isaac Esene, Physician Assistant program

A Frostburg State education: more valuable than ever.

With nationally recognized academic programs, real-world learning experiences, a top-notch support system, and a thriving student life, Frostburg State is a place where you can discover yourself, define your goals, and prepare for your future.

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