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.Click Here to See the Best Colleges in the US
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science offers 1 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 23 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 23 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||46,287|
|Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA||13 : 1||4,468|
|California Baptist University Riverside, CA||33 : 1||11,317|
|Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA||19 : 1||1,837|
|University of the Pacific Stockton, CA||15 : 1||6,263|