Program Overview

Ottawa University anticipates launching a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program in January 2026 on its Kansas City Campus in Overland Park, where health science professional and graduate degree programs are located.

From the Director

Welcome to the Ottawa University Physician Assistant Program website! We are delighted to warmly welcome all visitors, whether you are a prospective learner eager to embark on a rewarding career as a PA or a future employee wanting to learn more about our innovative program.

At Ottawa University, we are proud to offer a comprehensive and dynamic 24-month curriculum that equips our learners with theoretical knowledge and prepares them to excel in the ever-evolving healthcare field.

As you explore our website, we encourage you to delve into the various aspects of Ottawa University, its health profession programs, and its new and developing PA program. Discover our mission, vision, values, goals, and competencies for our future learners to meet the diverse needs of patients.

Whether you are considering joining our program, collaborating with us on community initiatives, or simply seeking to stay informed about the latest developments in Ottawa, we are excited to have you here.

We appreciate your interest in the Ottawa University Physician Assistant Program and thank you for visiting our website. We eagerly anticipate the possibility of welcoming you to our community.

Dr. Susan, PA-C
Ottawa University
Founding Director of PA Program
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” John C. Maxwell

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The mission of the Ottawa University PA program is to prepare graduates to serve their diverse communities* with evidenced-based patient-centered care, leading to service to humanity and professional fulfillment.

*Communities: underserved, marginalized, health profession shortage areas, rural


The vision of the Ottawa University PA program is to serve others through leadership, advocacy, and lifelong learning.


To achieve our mission and vision the Ottawa Univefrsity Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will:

  • Adopt an equity framework that seeks to be inclusive of all people, including those impacted by systematic disadvantage, marginalization, and exclusion.
  • Be kind, compassionate, and respectful of all human beings.
  • Create and foster an environment that supports inclusion and belonging.
  • Strive for excellence through obtaining knowledge through life-long learning in all areas of study and performance.
  • Cultivate and encourage self-care for its employees, students, and patients.
  • Collaborate with our colleagues at Ottawa University to be fiscally responsible with our resources and talents.

Ottawa University Master of Science in PA Studies has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Ottawa University Master of Science in PA Studies anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2026, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status in September 2025. ARC-PA meeting. 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. Non-accreditation will require informing the public and accepted candidates.