MSPAS Pathway

For CBU Natural Sciences Majors





Students entering Christian Brothers University who wish to pursue a career in a health related area may be interested in the opportunity to apply for entry into the MSPAS program after the conclusion of their third year of undergraduate studies. To be eligible to apply, certain courses must be completed. The paradigm below shows a normal three year schedule for taking these courses. This paradigm is similar to the paradigms for Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Chemistry or Natural Science majors, and a degree in any of these majors can be pursued if early entry into the MSPAS program is not obtained. Upon successful completion of the MSPAS program, the student earns a joint B.S. in Natural Science and an MSPAS degree.  Students wishing to pursue the joint B.S. in Natural Sciences/MSPAS degree must meet the following criteria:

1.       Successful completion of first three years of Natural Sciences pre-PA pathway curriculum.

2.       Minimum of 3.5 GPA on four-point scale.

3.       Average of 3.25 or greater on all science courses attempted.

4.       Meets prescribed Technical Standards for Admission.


Prior to admission into the remainder of the PA pathway the student must successfully complete an interview designed to determine the suitability of the candidate to continue to pursue the joint degree. Upon recommendation by the Admissions Committee, students will enter the summer term of the pre-PA pathway curriculum which consists of a six hour course entitled PAS 400, Introductory Clerkship I. This course consists of practical experience precepted by a certified Physician Assistant in a clinical setting. It includes shadowing experiences, specific assignments and weekly meetings with a PA faculty advisor.  The purpose of the meetings would be to assess prior week’s activities and assignments, basic clinical observatory skills, critical thinking skills and level of maturity. Upon successful completion of PAS 400, the student would formally apply to the MSPAS Program and be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The student would not be required to take the GRE as part of the application process but would do so for data analysis for the program.  In addition they will complete a personal statement, interview and background check. If denied admission into the fourth year of the joint B.S./MAPAS curriculum, students would return to the Natural Sciences curricular paradigm for completion of the baccalaureate degree. The first four years of the joint B.S./MSPAS curriculum consists of the following:



FRESHMAN YEAR SEMESTER I                                                    Credits

Bio 111 & 111L (Princ of Bio I & Lab)                                          4

Chem 113 & 113L (Princ of Chem I & Lab)                              4

English 111 (English Composition I)                                           3

Math 117 (PreCalc) or Math 131 (Calc I)                                  3

Orientation                                                                                         0

TOTAL                                                                                                   14



FRESHMAN YEAR SEMESTER II                                                   CREDITS

Bio 112 & 112L (Princ of Bio II & Lab)                                        4

Chem 114 & 114L (Princ of Chem II & Lab)                             4

English 112 (English Comp II)                                                       3

Math 131 (Calculus I) or Math 201 (Applied Stats)              3

TOTAL                                                                                                   14


Bio 217 (Anat & Physio I)                                                               4

Chem 211 & 211L (Organic Chem I & Lab)                              4

Phys 201 & 201L (Intro to Physics I & Lab)                              4

Literature Elective                                                           3

TOTAL                                                                                                   15



Bio 218 & 218L (Anat & Physio II)                                               4

Chem 212 & 212L (Organic Chem II & Lab)                             4

Phys 202 & 202L (Intro to Physics II & Lab)                             4

Elective                or Math 201 (Applied Stats)                                        3

TOTAL                                                                                                   15




Bio 311 & 311L (Genetics & Lab)                                                 4

Chem 315 & 315L  (Biochem I & Lab)        4

Spanish 101                                                                                        3

Religious Studies (200 level)                                                        3

General Psychology (Psych  105)                                                               3

TOTAL                                                                                                   17




Bio 362 (Bio Seminar)                                                                     1

Bio 321 & 321L (Microbiology & Lab)                                        4

Spanish 102                                                                                        3

Religious Studies (300 Level)                                                       3

Chem 316 & 316L (Biochem II & Lab)                                        4

TOTAL                                                                                                   15




PAS 400 Introductory Clerkship I**                                          6




FALL SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR                                                                                    

PAS 401 Introductory Clerkship II***                                      6

PAS 402 Introduction to the Health Professions****       2

Bio 213 Medical & Scientific Terminology*****                  1

Moral Values and Ethics Elective                                               3

Social Science Elective                                                                    3

TOTAL                                                                                                   15




PAS 601 Introduction to PA Profession                                   1

PAS 601 Human Anatomy                                                             5

PAS 602 Physiology & Pathophysiology                                  5

PAS 603 Public Health                                                                     2

PAS 604 Medical Ethics & Law                                                     1

PAS 605 Research Methods                                                         2

TOTAL                                                                                                   16

Cumulative Total                                                                             127




                *Upon successful completion of the spring semester of the MSPAS curriculum, the students will have attained a total of 127 credit hours and meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences.


                **In Clinical Clerkship I students will be assigned to shadow a practicing PA to develop greater insight into the role and practice of the Physician Assistant.  Students will have set assignments that would be evaluated for the development of critical thinking skills required for education and practice.


                ***Introductory Clerkship II: A continuation of PAS 400.to the previous course wherein students will be assigned to shadow a practicing PA to develop greater insight into the role and practice of a Physician Assistant. They will continue to have set assignments that would be presented to the Course Instructor and evaluated for the development of critical thinking skills necessary for that of a PA. (6 semester hours)



                ****Health Professions Introduction: This will be a course that will introduce the undergraduate PA student to a variety of health and allied health professions and particularly how each inter-relates. It will build upon the exposure the student has experienced in the Introductory Clerkship I. (2 semester hours)


                *****If course not available during fall term, PAS 403 Medical Terminology for the Physician Assistant will be developed.