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What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants work under the supervision of a qualified physician to provide care for patients through examination, intake, assistance during surgery, set bones, provide prescriptions, and a variety of other tasks. The limits of what a physician assistant may or may not do is dictated by the state and varies as a result. Physician assistants differ greatly from medical assistants due primarily to what functions they may perform, primarily the amount of actual treatment they may provide a given patient.

Educational Requirements

Individuals enrolled in a physician assistant program typically have earned a bachelor's degree and have some experience in the healthcare industry. Many students have previous experience as a nurse, emergency medical technician, or paramedic. Programs typically take two years to complete. Students will have practical and classroom education, covering a variety of health related subjects requiring a strong background in science. Some programs may provide internship opportunities under the supervision of a physician to increase their experience and practical knowledge.

A curriculum may include:

  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Ethics

Work Opportunities and Licensure

Individuals working as physician assistants will find work primarily in hospitals and clinics, though there are positions available in private practices, military and government facilities, as well as universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Physician assistants will work a varying schedules, with some individual working over 50 hours a week, and others being on call.

Licensure is required by all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Licensure requires the passing of the Physician National Certifying Examination, offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Continuing education courses are required to maintain the certification, and every 6 years physician assistants must retake the exam.

Salary, Job Growth, and Related Fields

The average salary for a physician assistant is approximately $86,500 per year, with individuals working in higher populated areas typically earning more. Job growth is expected to increase greatly over the next decade, as physicians become more specialized and the role of physician assistants transforms into a more standard and broad form of healthcare. This compounded by a increasing population and an aging population which will create a demand for more healthcare professionals in general.

Top Colleges that Offer Physician Assistant by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have physician assistant programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Showing 1-20 of 144 Schools
Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university that includes graduate and professional schools on its campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSU offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, and many more graduate degree programs at the master's and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $24,414
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (954) 262-7300

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (M)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (M)
  • Dentistry (M)

Touro College

New York, NY

Touro College was founded in 1970 based on the principles and ideals put forth by the Touro Family nearly two centuries prior. Since its inception the school has seen rapid expansion and growth resulting in ten campuses throughout the United States, and four more locations in Moscow, Paris,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $14,850
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (212) 463-0400

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B,M)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (B,M)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (B,M)

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $45,780
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (202) 994-1000

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Dental Clinical Sciences (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B,M)

A T Still University of Health Sciences

Kirksville, MO

A T Still University of Health Sciences, a nonprofit private graduate level school, is located in the city of Kirksville. Enrollment at this school is nearly 3,600 students per year. Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, A T...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (660) 626-2121

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (M)
  • Dentistry (M)
  • Orthodontics, Orthodontology (M)

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Boston, MA

About Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1823, and is a private institution. The school was founded by fourteen pharmacists and holds...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $27,440
  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (617) 732-2800

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Dental Hygienist (M)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (M)
  • Radiologic Technology (M)

Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

Arcadia University is a nonprofit private institution located in Glenside, Pennsylvania and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The Presbyterian Church affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. Over 4,000...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $35,620
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (215) 572-2900

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Healthcare Administration (M)
  • Hospital Administration (M)
  • Physician Assistant (M)

Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

Butler University is a nonprofit private institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. Over four thousand students enroll at Butler University per year.Areas of study offered at Butler University include but are not...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $33,138
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (317) 940-8000

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (B,M)
  • Physician Assistant (B,M)

St. John's University - New York

Queens, NY

Students at St. John's receive an education that includes both academic study and service to those less fortunate. The curriculum at St. John's includes centers of excellence that provide research opportunities in sustainable global development and social justice....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $35,520
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (718) 990-6161

Programs Offered

  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (A,B)
  • Healthcare Administration (A,B)
  • Medical Records Technician (A,B)
  • Pathology (A,B)

Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, CA

Located in Pomona, California, Western University of Health Sciences is a nonprofit private graduate level school. The enrollment at this school is about 2,900 students per year. Western University of Health Sciences is a greatly respected health sciences school and is fully accredited by the...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (909) 623-6116

Programs Offered

  • Physician Assistant (M)

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

DU, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the campus resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $30,034
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (412) 396-6000

Programs Offered

  • Speech and Language Pathology (B,M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B,M)
  • Physician Assistant (B,M)
  • Athletic Training (B,M)

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University is a top public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel University offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of its academic programs are nationally ranked, and the renowned faculty is...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $36,090
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (215) 895-2000

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Medical Insurance Coding (B,M)
  • Pathology (B,M)

Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

Saint Francis University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Loretto, PA, the school resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $28,878
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (814) 472-3000

Programs Offered

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services (B,M)
  • Physician Assistant (B,M)

Touro University California

Vallejo, CA

Touro University California, a nonprofit private graduate institution, is located in the city of Vallejo. The annual enrollment for the school is approximately a thousand students. The school maintains a Jewish affiliation, which is evident in the school mission. TUC is accredited by the Western...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (707) 638-5276

Programs Offered

  • Physician Assistant (M)

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, IL

Midwestern University - Downers Grove, a nonprofit private graduate institution, is located in Downers Grove, Illinois. This school enrolls approximately 2,100 students annually. Midwestern University - Downers Grove is a highly respected healthcare and medical school and is fully accredited by...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (630) 969-4400

Programs Offered

  • Physician Assistant (M)

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, AZ

Located in Glendale, Arizona, Midwestern University - Glendale is a nonprofit private graduate institution. The enrollment at this school is nearly 2,500 students annually. Midwestern University - Glendale is a highly respected healthcare and medical school and is fully accredited by the North...

School Details

  • Type: Graduate School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (623) 572-3200

Programs Offered

  • Perfusion Technology (M)
  • Physician Assistant (M)

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Oklahoma City, OK

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) strives to educate and create highly qualified health service practitioners, educators, and research scientists through research and creative activities for the advancement of knowledge. Located within walking distance from the State...

School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (405) 271-4000

Programs Offered

  • Health Services (M)
  • Communication Disorders (M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (M)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (M)

South University - Savannah (Online)

Savannah, GA

South University was founded in 1899 by John Draughon, and was known as the Draughon' Practical Business School until the name was changed to South College in 1985 to reflect its new ownership by John T. South. The name was changed later to South University when the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $16,360
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (912) 201-8000

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (M)
  • Medical Assistant (M)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (M)
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant (M)

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in New York, New York and operated as a private institution. Approximately 13,000 students are enrolled yearly at Pace University - New...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $36,614
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (212) 346-1200

Programs Offered

  • Communication Disorders (B,M)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (B,M)
  • Healthcare Administration (B,M)
  • Hospital Administration (B,M)

Barry University

Miami, FL

Barry University is a nonprofit private institution located in Miami, Florida and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $28,160
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (800) 756-6000

Programs Offered

  • Healthcare Administration (M)
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant (M)
  • Cardiovascular Technology (M)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (M)

The University of Texas - Pan American

Edinburg, TX

The University of Texas - Pan American is a public institution located in Edinburg, TX and provides a large number of program options for students. UT-Pan American has an annual student enrollment of nearly nineteen thousand.Students can choose from a few areas of study,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,165
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (956) 665-2011

Programs Offered

  • Health and Wellness, General (B,M)
  • Communication Disorders (B,M)
  • Audiology and Speech Pathology (B,M)
  • Physician Assistant (B,M)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.