The Physician Assistant Program consists of acceptance into the program and completion of all required professional-level courses. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and can write prescriptions in all 50 states.
Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research and administrative services.
Because of the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model.
Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.
To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years.
Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.
Our program is currently in a probationary accreditation status as determined by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA) in 2010.
The program has been accredited since 2000.
International Student Requirements:
Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from American universities must meet the previously listed admissions conditions, plus:
Score at least 550 on a verified Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper-based test (PBT)*; a verified TOEFL Internet Based Test (iBT) minimum total score of 79-80 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing; at least 213 on a verified TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) or a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0.
Provide an affidavit of financial support (original), if not an American citizen. *For the TESOL and Bilingual Education Program, the Test of Spoken English is required.