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Division of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant with PatientThe Division of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 28-month, professional-phase curriculum leading to the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Graduates of this program are eligible to register for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam and to apply for licensure.

Physician assistants (PAs) provide medical care to patients under the supervision of a physician. They take histories, perform physical exams, order labs and diagnostic studies, make initial diagnoses and formulate treatment plans, prescribe medication, perform procedures and assist in surgery. In general, PA’s may perform 80-90% of the care provided by physicians. Additionally, they may specialize in any area of medicine or surgery and enjoy lateral mobility, meaning that they may move from specialty to specialty without additional formal training.