MS Physician Assistant Studies
PAs serve as complementary partners to physicians and can be found in all areas of clinical medicine. The daily scope of a PA’s practice can vary widely by setting, specialty and responsibilities delegated by a physician. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.
Rapid Job Growth in Growing Field: A 2012 CNN/Money poll reports that the 10-year national job growth rate for PAs is nearly 30%, with $93,300 as the current median pay. Rapid job growth reflects the increased use of PAs as a cost-effective way of providing primary care.
Flexible Career Path: The PA field offers a great deal of flexibility. PAs can practice in a variety of settings, including: •physician’s office or group practice •hospitals or clinics •community health centers •military hospitals and VA clinics
Many PAs work in primary care; other areas of specialization include:
•emergency room (ER) medicine •hospitalist medicine •surgery and surgical subspecialties
•internal medicine subspecialties •pediatric medicine subspecialties
Before joining a practice, all PAs must graduate from a nationally-accredited program and pass a national certification exam in order to gain licensure. In order to maintain national certification, a PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years. Beginning in 2014, PAs will be required to recertify every 10 years.
The PA program is part of the Center for Physician Assistant Studies, which is housed in a brand-new, 18,000 square-foot facility located in Providence’s Knowledge District. Our building is uniquely dedicated to PA studies — meaning that you won’t have to run from one classroom building to another during that busy first year of preclinical studies. Instead, you will be able to focus and learn without interruption as you progress with your peers. Collaboration and teamwork will be central to your education. Our new facility will be set up to maximize information sharing and group work between students, faculty and community colleagues.
Why Choose JWU for Your PA Studies? JWU’s PA program, the first planned in the state, is poised to take advantage of Rhode Island’s strengths as an incubator: small size, high population density and an interlinked medical and education network. Be part of that growth, while gaining a versatile skill set that can be applied to virtually all facets of the medical field, including primary care, hospitalist medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.
PA Program Accreditation
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the accrediting agency that defines the standards for PA education within the territorial US, has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University.
About Provisional Status
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than 5 years from matriculation of the first class.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 104
In State Tuition (per year): 39936 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Midsize City