Applying to Physician Assistant Programs

Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of doctors. They examine, counsel and diagnose patients, assist in surgeries, order lab tests, and much more. Training to become a PA is rigorous and includes an accredited PA program with clinical rotations, followed by certification and state licensure exams. Many PAs will complete a residency of 1-2 years following their PA program. Continuing medical education is required for all PAs, along with recertification exams every ten years.

PA programs are typically 26-27 months in length and include clinical rotations in addition to coursework. Most programs award a master’s degree. The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) maintains a searchable list of accredited programs, as does the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.