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.
Duquesne University offers 2 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 99 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 55 Bachelor's degrees, and 44 Master's degrees.
University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 2 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 129 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 71 Master's degrees, and 58 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Emory University Atlanta, GA||15 : 1||14,415|
|Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA||27 : 1||8,026|
|Duke University Durham, NC||12 : 1||16,686|
|Drexel University Philadelphia, PA||22 : 1||24,205|
|George Washington University Washington, DC||24 : 1||27,814|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC||18 : 1||29,877|
|Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY||28 : 1||26,814|
|Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ||21 : 1||10,219|
|Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA||19 : 1||9,197|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA||23 : 1||47,576|
|Mercer University Macon, GA||22 : 1||8,740|
|Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH||16 : 1||11,874|
|University of St Francis Joliet, IL||38 : 1||3,776|
|Shenandoah University Winchester, VA||14 : 1||3,791|
|Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO||18 : 1||12,799|
|Pace University New York, NY||27 : 1||13,395|
|Long Island University Brookville, NY||33 : 1||15,546|
|Ohio University-Main Campus Athens, OH||27 : 1||27,367|
|Marquette University Milwaukee, WI||17 : 1||11,819|
|University of Florida Gainesville, FL||21 : 1||52,407|