With a median, annual salary of $98,180 and a 30% estimated job growth rate (U.S. News and World Report), a physician assistant master degree (MSPA) is an attractive career for those looking for a solid medical career. Working in physician offices, hospitals and out patient clinics, PAs practice alongside physicians, surgeons and other health professionals. Training includes didactic lectures in medical sciences as well as clinical rotations. Background checks may be required for the clinical practicum requirements.
Best Medical Degrees cited physician assistant careers in its 50 Top Paying Healthcare Careers and has previously researched 15 Best Value Online Physician Assistant Programs. Competition for physician assistant programs is high; and, class sizes are small for physician assistant programs, averaging 45-50 per academic year. Although, not the sole criteria for selecting a graduate physician assistant program, the average cost for an accredited Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) degrees ranges up to $87,000 on average..
Qualifying physician assistant programs hold accreditation from The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) which establishes educational standards for physician assistants and evaluates programs across the country. The programs listed in this ranking are all ARC-PA accredited to assure quality educational standards. Graduates with a MSPA will be required to sit for PANCE (Physician Assistant National Credentialing Exam), the national certification exam for physician assistants and obtain state licensure. Many schools use the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants CAPAS; also be certain the training you receive will qualify for licensure of the state in which you wish to practice.
Federal Financial Aid
There may be limited Federal Financial Aid for students pursuing a MSPA, which comes mostly in the form of loans. To determine eligibility, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Veterans, Active Military, Spouses and Dependents
Active, or retired, service members should check with the schools to see if you are eligible for a tuition discount for your service.
The traditional MSPA programs listed in this ranking are rated by tuition cost (excluding fees, housing, etc.), ARC-PA accreditation, curriculum and receipt of educational rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review and/or other national institutional rating organizations.
1. University of Iowa Health Care Carver College of Medicine
Ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs, this college offers ARC-PA accreditation and a Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS). The degree program begins with pre-clinical studies in courses such as: Medical Gross Anatomy, Clinical and Professional Skills, Mechanisms of Health and Disease and Medicine and Society. Students will then complete 52 hours in clinical experiences with core rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. Clinical rotations are followed by a capstone project.
The Carver College of Medicine dates to the late 1860s and became the official Medical College of Iowa University in 1870; and, was the first medical college in the nation to admit women. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the College of Medicine has a current enrollment of 1,100 students.
Length of Program: 3 Years
Estimated Tuition Cost: $21,561 (Resident); $83,193 (Non Residents)
2. Missouri State University
Offering a masters degree in Physician Assistant , Missouri State University’s program is ARC-PA accredited and takes 24 months to complete. The first year is devoted to didactic studies in clinical assessment, anatomy and radiology, molecular pathophysiology, medical physiology, clinical assessment, EKG and ACLS and introduction to epidemiology and research. The second year is comprised of clinical rotations in Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine,
Women’s Health and Pediatrics.
Residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship Program, with fees assessed at a rate less than the regular non-resident fee. Students should contact the school for additional information. Ranked #81 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Physician Assistant Programs rating, Missouri State University is located in Springfield, Missouri and has been providing postsecondary education since 1905.
Length of Program: 83 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $23,904 (Resident); $45,484 (Non Resident)
3. University of South Dakota
The University of South Dakota offers a Physician Assistant degree which is ARC-PA accredited. Students will complete three semesters in didactic courses in anatomy, clinical basic sciences, physiology, professional practice, clinical practice and pharmacology. Clinical rotations are conducted in OB/GYN, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and behavioral health.
Established in 1862 in Vermillion, South Dakota USD has a current enrollment of over 10,000 students in nine colleges. Ranked #70 in its Best Physician Assistant Programs rating of U.S. News and World Report, USD has also been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of its Best 381 Colleges, America’s Top Colleges by Forbes Magazine and Best for Vets by Military Magazine.
Length of Program: 104 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $32,552 (Resident); $37,128 (Non Resident)
4. Wayne State University
Located in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University provides a two-year Physician Assistant degree through its Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS). As with most PA programs, the first year of study involves didactic studies in anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, health care issues and patient evaluation. The second year allows the student to participate in clinical rotations in internal medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry and family medicine.
The origins of the EACPHS college dates to 1891 with the establishment of the Detroit College of Medicine’s School of Pharmacy; which, eventually merged with Wayne State University in 1957. U.S. News and World Report rates this PA program #40 in its Best Physician Assistant Program in 2017.
Length of Program: 54 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $33,156 (Resident); $71,874 (Non Resident)
5. Wichita State University
ARC-PA accredited, this Physician Assistant program at Wichita State University ranks #40 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs in its 2017 ratings; and, is the only PA program offered in Kansas. Following completion of prerequisites, students spend the first 13 months in didactic studies in foundations in clinical medicine and skills, evidence-based practice, clinical laboratory, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical skills and preventative care and personal issues. The second 13 months include clinical rotations in geriatrics, pediatrics, family/primary care, emergency medicine/acute care, surgical care and in-and-out patient care.
Established in 1886 by the Congregational Church in Wichita, Kansas. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has a current enrollment in excess of 14,000 students. The Department of Physician Assistant offers financial support for PA students through Fellowships and Scholarships.
Program Length: 26 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $33,790 (Resident); $66,865 (Non Resident)
6. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
This ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant program is offered through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Students may choose one of four curricular tracks: full-time on-campus track, part-time distance track, WisPACT (offered for the Northern Wisconsin community) and a dual degree program for students wishing a masters in public health and physician assistants degree. The second year of study involves clinical experience in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
and Surgery. Additionally, a capstone research project is required.
The Physician Assistant program at UW-M dates to 1974 and ranks #24 in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs in the country. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduated its first class in 1849 and has a current enrollment of over 23,000 students. The School of Medicine and Public Health dates to 1908 when the first student graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin.
Program Length: 24 months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $35,252 (Resident); $71,901 (Non Resident); $46,427 (Minnesota Residents)
7. East Carolina University
This North Carolina university offers an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant degree which can be completed in 27 months. As with most PA programs, this ARC-PA accredited program begins the first 15 months delving into didactic studies in anatomy, physiology, diagnostic methods, history and physical examinations, clinical medicine and evidence-based medicine. The remaining study involves clinical practica in Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health and Prenatal Care Clinical, Geriatrics, International Medicine and Physician Assistant Studies.
This program ranks #70 by U.S. News and World Report and has received recognition for the Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and as one of The Best Colleges for Vets by the Military Times. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU was founded in 1901 and currently has an enrollment of 29,000 students. The school offers a “Closer Look” session where prospective students may more closely examine the program.
Length of Program: 99 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $36,572 (Resident); $85,680 (Non Resident)
8. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ranked #15 by U.S. News and World Report this Physician Assistant program is ARC-PA accredited. Coursework for this degree covers basic health sciences, pharmacology, pathology and disease process identification, etc. Students will also complete clinical rotations in family medicine, general medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry and infectious disease.
According to the program’s website, UT Southwestern Medical Center graduates 3,600 students in graduate, medical and health professions each year among its three schools: SW Medical School, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern School of Health Professions. The school was founded in 1943 and boasts six Nobel Prize winners on the faculty.
Program Length: 30 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $36,882 (Resident); $77,427 (Non Resident)
9. University of Texas School of Health Professions-San Antonio
This is an Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA) approved Physician Assistant masters degree which covers the traditional courses in anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, patient evaluation, preventive medicine, clinical skills and clinical applications. The second year of study is comprised of supervised clinical rotations.
The program ranks #33 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs in the country and boasts a 100% national certification pass rate for students taking the exam for the first time. The medical school was established in 1972 and now offers six departments with degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Emergency Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy and Respiratory Care.
Length of Program: 126 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $37,175 (Resident); $88,585 (Non Resident)
10. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
A 28 month program, this Physician Assistant program with the first 13 months concentrating on didactic studies in pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, patient communication, diagnostic assessment, etc. The second 15 months involves clinical rotations, a capstone project and a summative evaluation. Rotations occur at UAMS and around Arkansas, in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Orthopedic Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.
Located in Little Rock, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences traces its beginnings to 1879 with the founding of the Medical Department of Arkansas Industrial University. UAMS now has a 2500 student enrollment in various medical fields in nursing, pharmacy, public health, medicine, etc. and has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the top 100 medical schools in research and primary care.
Length of Program: 128 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $42,000 (Resident); $70,000 (Non Resident)
11. School of Community Medicine the University of Tulsa
This Physician Assistant degree is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and has been ranked in the top 50 of Best Physician Assistant Programs by U.S. News and World Report. The program offers didactic courses in principles of medicine, anatomy, clinical medicine, applied physiology, pharmacotherapeutics; and, with clinical rotations in the second year. Rotations include experiences in mental health, pediatrics, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine and geriatrics, among others. The program requires prerequisites.
This PA program represents a joint effort of Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine and the University of Tulsa and is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The School of Community Medicine has been offering medical education since the late 1970s.
Length of Program: 131 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $43,561 (Resident); $76,661 (Non Resident)
12. University of South Alabama
Enrollment in this Physician Assistant program is limited to 40 students each year. The first semester of study focuses on basic medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, introduction to infectious diseases and physical examination procedures). Following semesters cover direct patient contact, community outreach projects and simulation lab work, leading to the final year of clinical rotations. The majority of rotations are within Mobile, Alabama; but, may extend to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Pensacola areas.
U.S. News and World Report rates this program in the top 100 of its Best Physician Assistant Programs and the ARC-PA provides accreditation. The University of South was founded in 1963 in Mobile, Alabama and offers the physician assistant program through its Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health.
Length of Program: 121 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $51,788 (Resident); $103,567 (Non Resident)
13. Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University provides a 24 month Physician Assistant degree which is recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its Top 100 Best Physician Assistant Programs. As with most PA programs, the curriculum at Western Michigan University concentrates the didactic portion on general medical sciences such as anatomy, pathophysiology, physiology, pharmacotherapeutics, etc. Clinical rotations include family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, internal medicine, surgery and psychiatry. Students also are required to complete a research project during the course of study in the final year.
Western Michigan University was founded in 1901 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program at Western Michigan University was established in 1972. The university has been rated as one of the Best Midwestern Colleges by The Princeton Review, Money magazine designated WMU as one of Best Colleges For Your Money; and, has over 23,000 students enrolled.
Length of Program: 95 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $52,725 (Resident); $111,625 (Non Resident)
14. East Virginia Medical School
This PA program may be completed in 28 months and is ARC-PA accredited. The first four consecutive semesters involve pre-clinical and didactic study in the typical basic sciences studies of anatomy, pathophysiology and legal and ethical aspects; which is followed by study in clinical assessment, clinical skills, problem-based clinical reasoning and introduction to clinical medicine, etc. The clinical rotations occur in six specialties such as family, pediatric, emergency, general surgery, psychiatry/behavioral and women’s medicine.
Founded in 1973 by a community grassroots effort of business and physicians, EVMS has received a #26 ranking from U.S. News and World Report for it’s PA program and has 19 academic departments and has an estimated 1,100 students enrolled. Eastern Virginia Medical School is located in Norfolk, Virginia
Length of Program: 97 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $56,560 (Resident); $65,715 (Non Resident)
15. Albany Medical College
The Albany Medical College Physician Assistant program is ranked #81 by U.S. News and World Report and holds ARC-PA accreditation. The curriculum includes four terms of didactic study in the basic sciences of anatomy, physical assessment, medical informatics, applied pathophysiology, behavioral aspects of medicine, immunology and microbial disease, clinical skills, etc. Clinical rotations are required in medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, family practice and geriatrics and comprehensive interprofessional care.
Albany Medical Center is located in Albany, New York and traces its origins to 1839 with the founding of Albany Medical College. AMC is the only the only academic medical center in Northeastern New York; and, the medical college is affiliated with the 734-bed medical center. The Physician Assistant program has been providing this master degree since 1977.
Length of Program: 28 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $59,780
16. SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Health Professions
Beginning in 2009, SUNY Upstate Medical University offers Physician Assistant which holds accreditation from ARC-PA. The first 15 months of this program is comprised of didactic study in basic sciences, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, diagnostic studies, research methods, professionalism and ethics. The following year involves clinical rotations in the areas of: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Medicine and Women’s Health. These rotations are offered in a variety of clinical settings from inpatient to long term care facilities. The program also requires a capstone project in a relevant medical topic which will include a literature search and research, culminating in a written report.
Ranked #81 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Physician Assistant Programs ratings, SUNY Upstate is located in Syracuse, NY. A part of the State Universities of New York educational system, SUNY Upstate traces its roots to 1834 and is classified as an academic medical center with a current enrollment of nearly 2,000 students.
Length of Program: 106 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $61,904 (Resident); $129,850 (Non Resident)
17. Idaho State University
The Physician Assistant is ARC-PA accredited program provides a masters degree at both the Pocatello campus, as well as in Boise, Meridian and College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. Didactic studies include evidence-based medicine, pharmacology, clinical assessment, physiology, infectious disease, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, renal processes, psychiatry, ENT, pediatrics, gerontology, surgery, etc. The final year concentrates on clinical rotations.
With over 13,000 students and 250 degree programs, Idaho State University, the Pocatello campus was established in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho. Ranked in the top schools in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs. ISU has also received recognition from Forbes magazine in its Top Colleges ratings. This program is also offered, through a collaboration, at Idaho College in Cardwell. Students may also participate in Spanish speaking practices. International rotations are also available for those pursuing that track.
Length of Program: 24 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $65,736 (Resident); $109,002 (Non Resident); $107,850 (Caldwell/Idaho College Students)
18. DeSales University
The Physician Assistant program at DeSales University holds ARC-PA accreditation and requires two years to complete. The first year studies include basic medical science topics in pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, diagnostic methods, ethics and clinical reasoning, to mention some offerings. Second year students will complete nine clinical rotations in 12 months in traditional clinical settings; and, DeSales University also offers, according to their website, “5-week and 1-week elective international rotations; five-week rotations are offered in Peru and Tanzania, one-week rotations are offered in Honduras”.
U.S. News and World Report rates this program in the top 50 in its Best Physician Assistant Programs. DeSales University was founded in 1961 by the Catholic Church and now has an annual enrollment of nearly 5,000 students. The university is located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
Length of Program: 99 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $72,000
19. Saint Louis University Doisy College of Medicine
ARC-PA accredited, this Physician Assistant program is offered through SLU’s Doisy College of Health Sciences. The didactic portion includes studies in gross anatomy, physiology, clinical laboratory medicine, professional and psychosocial issues of a PA practice, principles and practice of hematology, evidence-based medicine, etc. Clinical rotations are in emergency medicine, evidence-based medicine clerkship, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, women’s medicine, pediatrics and psychiatric and behavioral medicine.
Saint Louis University is a Jesuit school founded in 1818 and has been ranked #28 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs. SLU boasts a student enrollment of over 12,900 students and has been recognized by Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges, the Princeton Review’s Best 281 Colleges and Niche’s Top 10 Catholic Colleges. The university is located in St. Louis, Missouri.
Length of Program: 27 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $73,040
20. Duke University
Respected by many medical professionals, and the first to establish a physician assistant educational degree (1965), Duke University offers a Master of Physician Assistant degree which includes pre-clinical and clinical components. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accredits the Duke program and it’s been ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs.
The pre-clinical educational track is a 12 month builds are program prerequisites and utilizes evidence-based medicine to set the foundation. Courses can include: Anatomy, Fundamentals of Surgery, Physiology,
Program Length: 24 Months
Estimate Tuition Cost: $73,268
21. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
This is a collaborative program between the University of Maryland Graduate School and the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) Physician Assistant Program, culminating in a masters Physician Assistant degree. Students will take 30 credit hours in graduate courses from UM in research, biostatistics, legal and ethical issues. The ARC-PA accredited Anne Arundel Community College offers 86 credit hours in clinical, pediatric, psychiatric and emergency medicine. The final year requires a capstone project and clerkship participation.
Receiving a ranking of #101 by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Maryland was founded in 1801 and has offered graduate education since 1917. The university presently offers 23 Master of Science degrees and PhD programs.
Length of Program: 116 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $73,660 (Resident); $131,660 (Non Resident)
22. Mercer University College of Health Professions
Mercer University’s Physician Assistant program covers seven semesters with the first four covering didactic coursework in basic sciences including pharmacology, physiology, medical nutrition, biostatistics for clinicians and evidence-based practice, among others. The clinical rotations occur in family medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, women’s health, as well as behavioral medicine and orthopedics.
This Atlanta, Georgia university is one of the nation’s oldest, being founded by Georgia Baptists in 1833 and now has campuses in Atlanta, Savannah and Macon, Georgia. The PA program is offered through the Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Ranked #57 by U.S. News and World Report, the physician assistant program is ARC-PA accredited.
Length of Program: 128 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $75,068
23. University of Charleston
The Physician Assistant degree at the University of Charleston is ARC-PA accredited. There is also a PA Fast Track Admission program for students who have completed 30 credit hours from another educational institution. Students will study professional development, pharmacology, physiology, history and physical examination, patient centered care; and, clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Hospitalist and Primary Care.
The University of Charleston has been recognized as one of Princeton’s Reviews Best Colleges by Region and is recognized as a Military Friendly school by U.S. News and World Report. This South Carolina university has a current 2,425 student enrollment and offers six graduate and doctoral programs.
Program Length: 36 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $79,800
24. Charles R. Drew University of Medical Science
Holding accreditation from The Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.), this Master of Physician Assistant (PA) degree may be completed in three years. The program requires prerequisites and offers a curriculum which includes: Pathophysiology, Human Anatomy, The Patient Interview & Standard Data Base, Diagnostic Skills & Procedures, Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics, Professional Roles & Responsibilities, Introduction to Medical Spanish, Principles of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Behavioral Medicine, etc.
The Charles R. Drew University of Medical Science is located in Los Angeles, California, was established in 1966, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Historically Black Graduate Institution. The university is named for Charles R. Drew, a prominent African-American physician noted for his groundbreaking work in blood preservation.
Program Length: 93 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $82,677
25. A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences
This is a masters Physician Assistant program which can be completed in 27 months. Accredited by the ARC-PA, the program consists of a didactic year, in which the students attend lecture courses; as well as going into the community to work with preceptors in a clinical settings in family medicine, community health, emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, medical examiner general surgery, ENT, dental clinic and the Mesa Fire Department (EMS). Students will do 6, eight week clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, women’s health, general surgery and behavioral health in either Arizona or an approved community health center in Louisiana, California, Oklahoma or Georgia.
Located in Mesa, Arizona, The Arizona School of Health Sciences is ranked #40 in the Best Physician Assistant Programs as rated by U.S. News and World Report. A.T. Still University has been providing healthcare education since 1892 and has grown to over 3,000 enrolled students. The Arizona School of Health Sciences was established in 1995 and graduated physician assistants who have a 96% pass rate in the national exam.
Length of Program: 153 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $82,950
26. Butler University
ARC-PA accredited, this Indianapolis, Indiana public school offers a two-year Master of Physician Assistant degree. The program is offered in two phases, academic and clinical. The academic, or didactic, phase focuses on fundamental courses ranging from basic science to clinical instruction. The clinical phase includes 53 credit hours in seven areas with one elective in Community Mental Health, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Women’s Health. This phase also includes clinical rotations.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in its top 50 Best Physician Assistant Programs, Butler University began it’s MPA program in the mid-1990s as a collaborative between Methodist Hospital and Butler University. The University was established by Ovid Butler in 1855 to provide education regardless of race or gender. Today, the school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and boasts six academic colleges; the university ranks #2 in U.S. News and World Report’s Regional University ranking with an enrollment of over 4,000 students.
Program Length: 108 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $85,500
27. George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
George Washington University offers two programs, one in Physician Assistant and a PA/MPH degree. The traditional PA program is a two year course of didactic study and clinical rotations. Students enrolled in the three-year PA/MPH track are able to choose between three areas in community oriented primary care, epidemiology and health care policy. Both the PA and PA/MPH degrees require didactic studies and clinical practicum experiences.
George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences was founded in 1824 and is the 11th oldest medical school in the nation. Located in Washington D.C., this program has received a #3 rating in the Best Physician Assistant Programs by U.S. News and World Report and holds ARC-PA accreditation for its physician assistant program.
Length of Program:
Estimated Tuition Cost: $86,148
28. Trevecca Nazarene University
Accredited by ARC-PA, Trevecca Nazarene University has been providing a PA degree for 40 years. The curriculum includes the didactic phase, with studies in physical assessment, pathophysiology, clinical procedures, clinical radiology, etc. The clinical rotation phase includes practice family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery and behavioral and mental health.
This university is located in Nashville, Tennessee and has been ranked #121 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs. Established in 1901 by the Presbyterian Church. The school has an enrollment of over 3,000 students.
Length of Program: 142 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $92,300
29. Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences
This is an ARC-PA accredited Physician Assistant program which takes 27 months to complete. Taking an interprofessional approach, the first year of the program pairs students with physicians or physician assistants to assistant in clinical settings, one day a week. Students are able to apply real world experience with didactic studies in basic medical sciences. The second year concentrates on clinical residencies, with the third year focusing on topics such as ethics, principles of epidemiology, biostatistics and sitting for the national exam.
Receiving a #5 ranking by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Physician Assistant Programs, Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, Connecticut. The university was established in 1929 in New Haven, Connecticut and now has a yearly enrollment of 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. It holds a 13% top ranking nationally among all 4-year schools for value of education by The Economist and The Brookings Institute.
Length of Program: 94 Credit Hours
Estimated Tuition Cost: $94,940
30. Rush University
The Physician Assistant degree at Rush University follows didactic studies in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, epidemiology and public health, clinical medicine, diagnostic reasoning and clinical core subjects (pediatrics, gerontology, internal medicine, etc.). Clinical rotations occur in the final year of study.
Rush University ranks #40 by U.S. News and World Report and is ARC-PA accredited. Located in Chicago, Illinois, Rush University was founded in 1837 as Rush Medical College which grew into Rush University in 1972 and offers 14 masters programs in health care and a current enrollment of over 2,500 students. The tuition charged is a flat rate which is divided evenly each term.
Length of Program: 30 Months
Estimated Tuition Cost: $96,000