Physician assistants are medical professionals that perform a range of functions in a medical setting to evaluate, treat, and observe patients seeking healthcare. It is common for students interested in this role to get their bachelor’s before applying to master’s programs with a required residency at a hospital or doctor’s office.
Given the size of the state, California has over 10,000 practicing physician assistants that receive competitive compensation that can exceed $130,000 annually. Those that choose to pursue this career must be observant, communicative, and maintain a positive bedside manner with their patients.
Students can earn their bachelor’s degree in-person or online, though most programs require in-person lab time and face-to-face interactions with patients to prepare them for their future roles.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||48,321|
|California Baptist University Riverside, CA||31 : 1||11,045|
|Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA||12 : 1||4,462|
|Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA||18 : 1||1,878|
|University of the Pacific Stockton, CA||16 : 1||6,447|
|Samuel Merritt University Oakland, CA||12 : 1||2,029|
|Chapman University Orange, CA||18 : 1||9,850|
|Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles, CA||23 : 1||748|
|La Sierra University Riverside, CA||23 : 1||2,159|
|Western University of Health Sciences Pomona, CA||16 : 1||3,792|
|Marshall B Ketchum University Fullerton, CA||13 : 1||739|
|College of San Mateo San Mateo, CA||55 : 1||8,163|
|Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier, CA||30 : 1||1,386|
|Touro University California Vallejo, CA||20 : 1||1,378|
|Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA||104 : 1||10,635|