Upon completing a physician assistant degree, students will be able to integrate ethical and moral behavior into the practice of medicine, develop and demonstrate problem solving and decision making skills, and identify and deliver health promotion and disease prevention to patients. Students interested in becoming a physician assistant must be compassionate and attentive. Instruction is in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, and ethics in physician assistant practice. There are specialized preparations in fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, and community health services.Physician assistants diagnose illnesses, assist in surgery, examine patients, and provide treatment under the supervision of a physician. In addition, they refer patients to other health care providers or agencies when appropriate. To become a physician assistant, students must graduate from an accredited PA program, pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE), and obtain licensing in the state where they will practice. Because the health care environment is constantly changing, it's important for students to be able to adapt quickly and keep up with the latest trends before renewing licenses and certifications. Physician assistants can work in any specialty: internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, occupational medicine, and pediatrics are just a few.
University of Lynchburg offers 3 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 166 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 137 Doctoral degrees, and 29 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Shenandoah University Winchester, VA||14 : 1||3,791|
|Radford University Radford, VA||22 : 1||11,870|
|James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA||20 : 1||21,820|
|University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA||16 : 1||2,956|
|Radford University-Carilion Roanoke, VA|
|Mary Baldwin University Staunton, VA||20 : 1||1,986|
|South University-Richmond Glen Allen, VA||28 : 1||444|
|Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA||10 : 1||1,275|