Aspiring physicican's assistants can get training through bachelor's, master's, or dual degree programs, which can be found at four-year colleges and universities around the country.
Schools with Physician Assistant Programs
These schools offer relevant training for aspiring physician's assistants:
|College/Institution||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (In-state, 2018-2019)*|
|Seton Hill University||Greensburg, PA||4-year, Private||Master's||$14,382|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester, NY||4-year, Private||Dual Bachelor's/Master's||$42,345 (undergraduate, includes fees), $45,520 (graduate)|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$16,740 (includes fees)|
|University of Alabama-Birmingham||Birmingham, AL||4-year, Public||Master's||$8,100|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private||Master's||$54,120|
|Saint Louis University||Saint Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Master's||$20,340|
|Baylor College of Medicine||Houston, TX||4-year, Private||Master's||$21,558|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||Kansas City, MO||4-year, Public||Master's||$9,238|
|Pacific University - Oregon||Forest Grove, OR||4-year, Private||Master's||$31,297|
|Towson University||Towson, MD||4-year, Private||Master's||$7,524|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations for students who are considering physician assistant programs:
- Prerequisite requirements for bachelor's and master's degree programs vary from school to school, so students should review the requirements of prospective schools. Prior healthcare experience or coursework in chemistry, biology, microbiology or organic chemistry is often required, especially for master's degree programs.
- Students should look for up-to-date, on-campus clinical facilities, including a department of surgery, to ensure training with the latest medical equipment.
- Additional specialization in specific areas of surgery, such as plastic, thoracic, trauma and cardiovascular surgery may be available through some programs. Specialization in a surgical field could help graduates when seeking employment and advancement.
Bachelor's Degree in Physician Assisting
The first two years of a bachelor's degree program for physician's assistants covers general education and basic science courses, and the final two years are dedicated to professional PA education, including internship opportunities and clinical rotations.
Master's Degree in Surgical Physician Assisting
Master's degree programs for surgical physician assistants can generally be completed in two years. They often require master's projects and extensive clinical experiences.
By enrolling in a program that provides comprehensive classroom and clinical training, students can get the necessary preparation to become surgical physician assistants.