The Physician Assistant Life

The PANCE and PANRE Content Blueprint Checklist

pance-and-panre-nccpa-content-blueprintYour Blueprint to Success Starts Here!

If you are at all like me the hardest part of studying for your PANCE or PANRE is figuring out where to begin.

There is an ever growing list of review books, podcasts, online programs, in-person review courses, and anecdotal recommendations to choose from.

It is overwhelming!

So the key to success is to choose one or two, set a study schedule and STICK WITH IT!

The NCCPA is kind enough to provide us with a list of topics that will be on the exam in the form of the NCCPA™ Content Blueprint.

They do not deviate from this list of topics. Sometimes their questions are frustratingly complex or convoluted for sure, but, it is a safe bet that if you know the key terms from each of these topics you will pass your exam.

The take home message from the NCCPA is clear: follow the blueprint and your success is guaranteed, but who has time to review and memorize 467 diseases?

The NCCPA™ Content Blueprint Breakdown

  1. Cardiology 16% - 51 topics (diseases)
  2. Pulmonary 12% - 32 topics (diseases)
  3. GI and Nutrition 10% - 41 topics (diseases)
  4. Musculoskeletal 10% - 39 topics (diseases)
  5. ENT 9% - 57 topics (diseases)
  6. Reproductive 8% - 46 topics (diseases)
  7. Genitourinary 6% - 30 topics (diseases)
  8. Neurology 5% - 27 topics (diseases)
  9. Endocrinology 6% - 18 topics (diseases)
  10. Psychiatry 6% - 26 topics (diseases)
  11. Dermatology 5% - 45 topics (diseases)
  12. Hematology 3% - 18 topics (diseases)
  13. Infectious Disease 3% - 35 topics (diseases)

Total: 13 organ systems and 467 topics (diseases)

Some topics are very narrow such as viral croup, other topics are extremely broad such as normal labor and delivery... I mean seriously how do you even begin to wrap your head around this one?

To simplify this process, I am providing you with this interactive content blueprint checklist.

I have also been compiling pearls sets with flashcards to help simplify the review process and help you hone in on the questions stems that should help guide you to the correct answer.

Print it up and start crossing out the topics you understand, marking the ones you don't and making notes of key terms you should remember. The PDF version is interactive and linked directly to the individual lessons on SMARTY PANCE.

Follow this link to download your FREE copy of the Content Blueprint Checklist


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This is a completely interactive checklist and unlike a static book I have created a searchable online index of the entire content blueprint as part of the Smarty PANCE/PANCE board review website.

The checklist links to each of these 467 topics, members can simply click on a topic to explore it further.

Also included are 13 topic specific content blueprint exams available to all members, as well as a slough of other exams and review material.

Members of both the PANCE and PANRE Academy and Smarty PANCE receive access to both sites with a single login... Cool!

If you are interested in becoming a member you can sign up here (The PANCE and PANRE Academy) or here (Smarty PANCE + ReelDx)

If you have any questions or need help along the way don't hesitate to drop me a line or leave me a message in the comments.


Stephen Pasquini PA-C

Episode 43: The Audio PANCE and PANRE Board Review Podcast

the-audio-pance-and-panre-academy-physician-assistant-board-review-podcastWelcome to episode 43 of the FREE Audio PANCE and PANRE Physician Assistant Board Review Podcast.

Join me as I cover 10 PANCE and PANRE board review questions from the Academy course content following the NCCPA™ content blueprint (download the FREE cheat sheet).

This week we will continue to take a break from topic specific board review and covering 10 general board review questions.

Below you will find an interactive exam to complement the podcast.

I hope you enjoy this free audio component to the examination portion of this site. The full genitourinary board review includes over 72 GU specific questions and is available to all members of the PANCE and PANRE Academy.

  • You can download and listen to past FREE episodes here, on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
  • You can listen to the latest episode, take an interactive quiz and download your results below.

Listen Carefully Then Take The Quiz

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Episode 43 PANCE and PANRE Podcast Quiz

1. A mother brings in her five-year-old boy for his school physical. She voices some concerns about his readiness for school, saying he seems to be socially immature. She has noticed he does not interact with other children well, and that when he plays with them, he has a tendency to "place them" and then run around them as if they were statues. He rarely cries when he is hurt, and he shrugs off any attempt to hug him. He has good attention to details, and will sit and draw the same geometric shapes over and over again, but does not seem interested in learning the alphabet. He avoids eye contact with anyone. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

  1. Normal 5 year-old
  2. Social phobia
  3. Autism
  4. Avoidant personality
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2. A 3-week-old male infant presents with recurrent regurgitation after feeding that has progressed to projectile vomiting in the last few days. The mother states that the child appears hungry all of the time. She denies any diarrhea in the child. Which of the following clinical findings is most likely?

  1. Bile-stained vomitus
  2. Hemoccult positive stools
  3. Olive-sized mass in the right upper abdomen
  4. Sausage-shaped mass in the upper-mid abdomen
Click here to see the answer

3. A 65 year-old with COPD receiving their first pneumococcal polysaccharide PPSV23 vaccination should be revaccinated in

  1. 1 year
  2. 3 years
  3. 5 years
  4. Never
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4. Which of the following therapies is recommended for a 13 month-old child with sickle cell disease?

  1. Folic acid and penicillin V
  2. Ferrous sulfate and penicillin V
  3. Folic acid and ferrous sulfate
  4. Folic acid, ferrous sulfate and penicillin V
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5. A patient with severe COPD presents to the Emergency Department with a 3 day history of increasing shortness of breath with exertion and cough productive of purulent sputum. An arterial blood gas reveals a pH of 7.25, PaCO2 of 70 mmHg and PaO2 of 50 mmHg. He is started on albuterol nebulizer, nasal oxygen at 2 liters per minute, and an IV is started. After one hour of treatment, his arterial blood gas now reveals a pH of 7.15, PaCO2 100 mmHg and PaO2 of 70 mmHg. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step in his treatment?

A. Decrease the oxygen flow rate.
B. Administer oral corticosteroids.
C. Intubate the patient.
D. Administer salmeterol (Serevent)

Click here to see the answer

6. A patient should be tested for tuberculosis prior to being treated with

A. etanercept (Enbrel).
B. cyclosporine (Neoral).
C. methotrexate (Rheumatrex).
D. prednisone (Deltasone).

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7. Which of the following side effects is associated with long-term administration of phenytoin (Dilantin)?

A. Ataxia
B. Hypotension
C. Osteomalacia
D. Cardiac dysrhythmia

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8. Hairy leukoplakia has the greatest prevalence of distribution on the

A. palate.
B. floor of the mouth.
C. lateral tongue.
D. gingiva.

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9. 75 year-old male presents for a routine physical. Vitals are normal with no orthostatic changes. On physical examination, a fine cortical movement with repetitive rubbing of the tip of the thumb along the tips of the fingers is noted at rest. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?

A. Seizure disorder
B. Peripheral neuropathy
C. Shy-Drager syndrome
D. Parkinson's disease

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10. A 45 year-old female presents to the emergency department with generalized, hot, erythema of the skin. Physical exam reveals an oral temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit, purulent conjunctivitis, and mucosal erosions. Her skin is painful and separates from the dermis with touch. Which of the following is the most likely cause for this condition?

A. Penicillin
B. Prednisolone
C. Aspirin
D. Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)

Click here to see the answer

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Married with Children in PA School: How This Mom Makes it Work

Married with Children in PA School - How This Mom Makes it WorkMy name is Nikki, and I am a mother of two boys, 2 and 6 years old.

I am also a PA student.

For me, it was a long and difficult journey to get into PA school. I applied three consecutive years before finally getting accepted to a PA school in San Antonio, which is about a 3-hour drive from where I live.

Although I was excited to finally be accepted, it was a difficult decision for me and my family because it meant I had to move out to San Antonio while my family stayed behind.

I knew it would be hard, but I could not lose this opportunity. I was one of the 45 students accepted out of 1,800 applicants and I needed to figure out how to make it work.

I Couldn't do it Alone

My husband and my mom are very supportive and I would not be able to do it without them.

My mom decided to move in with us and help us to take care of the kids. The most difficult part for me at the beginning was to help my mom and my husband to get along. They are both great but it is hard for them to work well together because they both have very strong personalities. However, it seems to be getting better so I can’t complain now.

I go home to see my children over the weekends and try to communicate on Skype almost every day. It has been six months since I started PA school and it has gone by really fast since I am so busy.

My 6-year-old was getting into trouble in school and a couple of times I had to drive back and forth from San Antonio to be able to attend his class and the meetings with his teachers.

I used to overreact to his “bad behavior” but it only made things worse. I don't like to feel like I have no control in raising my children, so sometimes I get too emotional. I appreciate it when my husband or my mom do exactly what I ask them to do regarding the kids because it makes me feel like I can contribute to their life the way I think is the best for them.

I know it sounds silly and not very reasonable but I want to feel like I am still a big part of making decisions for my kids.

Finding Time to Study

I really need my weekends to study so when I come home to see my family I try to spend one full day and night with them and then go back to studying.

I do miss my family and some weekends I cannot come to see them, especially when we have finals or too many tests at once. On these occasions, we found a bus that my mom can take and bring the kids with her. I love it when this happens because I get to see them and will not waste 6 hours driving back and forth when I can spend this time studying.

The PA program in San Antonio is far more advanced than I expected. I have never studied so hard in my life even though I have two degrees. We already had some people that had to leave the program because they did not make it through the first semester. I know I have to be diligent and manage my schedule the best I can.

I don't think I have a typical situation since I do not really live with my family at the moment but I am sure there are people who are in my shoes or will be.

PA schools are very competitive and it is becoming harder and harder to get in. Unfortunately, you will not always be accepted at the PA school of your choice (or maybe fortunately because I love my school now).

I think the benefit of my situation is that I can actually study at home anytime and not feel anxious to go home and see my kids every day since they are not here.

I do miss them and love them very much but I keep reminding myself of my goals and sacrifices. I explain to my 6-year-old son that I study now so I can help people to be healthier and so we can afford to travel.

He is excited about this and sometimes says he wants to go to my school instead of his.

Advice to PA School Parents

If I were to give advice to future PA school students with children I would say stay focused on your main goal and know why you are doing this.

I do have my moments when I cry and get emotional but I talk to my kids, my husband, and my mom and they make me feel better. I remind myself that time goes by fast and I am pursuing my dream that will not only benefit me but my family and many other families in the future.

I would encourage you to connect with people in your class and make good friends. It has helped me to stay positive through difficult times. You have to develop inner strength that will carry you through any personal problems and still allow you to focus on studying. Otherwise, it will not be possible to make it.

We have a great tradition in our school. The class that was before us assigned each one of the new students a “Big person”. They just matched one person with another one according to some similarities. My “Big” has two children and they live with her. She was really helpful and supportive throughout my first semester. She made me feel more "normal” on several occasions when I did not know what to do.

She gave me advice on how to cope with problems and how to best address my needs along with those of my family throughout PA school.

I have two more years to go and I know they will go fast. I am enjoying my journey but I can’t wait to go back to my family and be there with them and for them.

All I can say is to get your support system together, make sure you have reliable people who can help you throughout the whole program and you can definitely make it through.

Best of luck pursuing your dreams!

This is a guest post by current PA student extraordinaire Nikki Clark

Nikki has been a licensed acupuncturist for 9 years. When a PA saved her son’s life it triggered her to choose a path of becoming a PA. She is pursuing her dreams to become a PA and to be able to educate people on prevention and treatment of illnesses and diseases. She has two sons and a supportive family that inspires her to be a better person and to stay strong and positive.

Also, in case you were curious, I asked Nikki about her mom, her husband's feelings about her moving to San Antonio to attend PA school and why they chose to live separately during her time as a student. Here is her answer:

I am originally from Ukraine and then lived in Houston since 2006.  My mom was living in Ukraine and had to make a big move for me. I really admire my mom. I do not think I could have been where I am today without her love and support. My husband's job keeps him in Houston so moving for him was out of the question.

My husband was supportive but truly very sad about me moving away. However, since it is only a 3 hour drive it does not seem too bad. I think the worst part for him is dealing with my mom and  trying to have his life arranged completely differently. But he has been with me throughout the whole process and is still there for me. We try to make date nights whenever we can and communicate over the phone every day. He sends me pictures of the kids and comes here whenever he can.

*If you or anyone you know is interested in submitting a guest post to the blog just drop me a line at - if your article is accepted you will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or a free 1 year subscription to the PANCE and PANRE Academy (your choice). Stay tuned our next PA parenting article will be from a father of two!

A Question for Physician Assistants: Why Are You In It?

Why Are You In It? The Physician Assistant Life

Are you looking to make money as a physician assistant or are you looking to make the world a better place with what you do?

It’s an honest question and the two options are very different.

The latter involves being interested in giving value to someone other than yourself. The former involves doing anything and everything to add zeros to your bank account.

Neither option is inherently wrong. The problem is that most PAs begin with a desire to help people and, over time, once fully indoctrinated into the "system" they (we) become fundamentally changed.

If you’re simply looking to make money, the strategy basically comes down to generating as much revenue as you can, while avoiding an unfavorable outcome. Or, as we in the medical field have so humbly named "covering your ass."

Sometimes it’s as simple as showing your boss that you can see 6 or 7 patients in an hour.  Sometimes it’s not speaking up in the face of gross healthcare inequalities.  Sometimes it’s taking the higher paying job in order to please others or prove your self-worth.

The organization you work for, and therefore you, do whatever it takes to maximize profitability.

Success is much easier to measure too—you simply look at how many patients you have churned out, and count how much money you make.

Did it cover costs? Does it cover your livelihood and expenses? Were you able to maximize your retirement accounts? Is your boss happy? Awesome - you win and you’re a success.

If you’re looking to make the world better with what you do, it’s a little more difficult.


Just because you want to make things better doesn’t mean the universe will align and show you the way.

Making the world a better place through the work you put out into it starts with you and how you answer the tough questions.

Do you actually like the work you’re doing? Does it align with a greater purpose in your life? Is the message behind what you do bigger than what you do? Are you truly stoked to do it?

People are attracted to excitement, so if you’re genuinely excited about something, others will take notice. Real excitement is contagious, like the flu (but with less sniffling).

Though doing something that makes the world better doesn’t stop with you. It also includes being super valuable and in service of others.

What about your work helps your patients? What about your work makes their life better? What about your work makes them truly stoked? Because when they’re excited, others will take notice of that too.

Measuring "Success" 


Measuring the success of doing work that makes the world better is also a little muddy. There are several key performance indicators (KPIs) involved, each of them based on your own unique purpose and passion.

Sure, patient wait times, satisfaction surveys and money or revenue may be a part of it, but they’re not the only indicators. How much did you enjoy the process, regardless of the bottom line?

How much did your patient benefit from your work, regardless of the volume (as in, maybe you only saw 10 patients today, yet all of them  left healthier, having an experience that positively changed their lives).

In measuring success this way, it’s fairly easy to succeed as well - you get to do work you love that’s lined up with your purpose and valuable to the patients it’s for.

So, did you like doing it and did another person like receiving your care?

Awesome - you win and you’re a success.


We get caught up and stuck in our thoughts when we change gears in our focus, or when we try to measure success for both types of work for the same outcome.

If you’re in it to make the world better and you only look at money, you’re doing your work and process a horrible disservice.

Similarly, if you’re in it to make money and you feel unexcited or uninspired, you’re also doing that work and yourself a horrible disservice too.

If you're in it to make the world better and you look at the patient sitting in front of you, you’re doing yourself, and your patient a great, and honorable service.

Magically, you're likely to find, the success that drove you to this profession in the first place, will follow.

PS: If you’re stuck before you’ve even started, check out my resources page for some help and inspiration. 

Photo Credits:  From our medical mission trip in and around Port Au Prince Haiti. photos by: Courtney Reese

Scholarships, Grants and Loan Repayment Programs for Physician Assistants

How to Bankroll PA School Without Going BrokeIt goes without saying, PA school is expensive.

PA school is also demanding, which means you will have limited time (if any) to work while attending school.

With the average undergraduate education debt prior to PA school at $36,300 and the average anticipated debt load from PA school at $75,000-$124,000, it is important that you have a rock-solid plan for how you are going to pay for your PA school education.

Funding sources vary and federal loan programs will probably form the foundation of your assistance package, many states also offer financial aid funding.

Additionally, there are specialized scholarships, traineeships, and loan programs available. Remember — apply the resources from scholarships and grants before you accept loans. Then, only accept loans that you need.

Work closely with your financial aid department. They will be able to inform you about special loans and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Federal and State Resources

  • Numerous loans and grants guaranteed by the federal government are available to qualified students. Visit the website for Federal Student Aid sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school.
    • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan.
    • The Federal Perkins Loan Program is a school-based loan program for undergraduates and graduate students with exceptional financial need. Under this program, the school is lender. You must check with your school's financial aid office to see if your school participates in the Federal Perkins Loan Program
    • Federal Stafford Student Loan Program: These loans are offered through your bank, credit union, or other lending institutions. Graduate students may borrow up to $8,500 per year up to a total of $65,000. To qualify for a Stafford loan, you must demonstrate financial need as determined by the CM formula mentioned above. The interest rate varies. These loans are based on need, not creditworthiness. Therefore, no cosigner is necessary.
  • State sources of financial assistance include an agency in each state that guarantees federal student loans. Also, some states offer their own educational assistance programs with loans or grants. Check with your financial aid office to locate the office(s) in your home state.
  • Tax Credits are another option to explore.                                            

Scholarships and Traineeships

  • Americorps is a national network of hundreds of programs throughout the U.S. and is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents aged 17 or older. This program helps pay for education in exchange for a year of service.
  • The Indian Health Service (IHS) scholarship program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaskan Native (federally recognized only) students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs. The IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) was created to support this mission by providing health professionals the financial freedom to fulfill your career goals. The IHS LRP awards up to $20,000 per year for the repayment of your qualified student loans in exchange for an initial two-year service obligation to practice full time at an Indian health program site.
  • The National Health Service Corps Program (NHSC) is a competitive federal program. Students dedicated to practicing primary care in communities of greatest need can compete for educational scholarships. I was a NHSC Scholar and you can read more about that here. They also offer a generous loan repayment program in exchange for 2 years service in a designated healthcare shortage area (see the next section below).
  • The Physician Assistant Foundation offers competitive scholarships for PA students who are currently attending an accredited PA program, are in the professional phase of the program, and are student members of AAPA. Visit the Foundation web pages for a current application or see below.
  • The United States Navy Health Services Collegiate Program is designed to provide financial incentives for college students in designated health care professions while completing baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • The U.S. Army Health Care team, offers a three-year loan repayment program for any PA- C who wants to serve as an Army PA.
  • PAs for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of the AAPA, offers a $500 scholarship to currently enrolled PA students each year.

Loans, Repayment Programs, and Consolidation Services

  • The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program is available to PAs in primary care or current students who plan to become primary care providers after graduation. You must agree to provide primary care services in a priority health professional shortage area for a minimum of two years.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Physician assistants qualify.
    • IMPORTANT: Loan forgiveness is an option after 10 years of payments, but it may not be an option if you refinance your loan during that period. So make sure you read the fine print!
  • Sallie Mae Tuition Pay Plans provide quality, low-cost, innovative solutions to paying for education. Tuition Pay is an interest-free plan that lets you break down the large lump-sum payments due at the beginning of each semester into easy-to-manage installments.
  • Common Bond: Ever wished your student loans could have a positive effect on society? Common Bond seeks to "reimagine finance based on our belief that business has a responsibility to further social good and promote welfare outside of its immediate customer base." Common Bond is unique in that they bring a 1-for-1 model to education through Social Promise. For every fully funded degree on the CommonBond platform, they fund the education of a student in need for one year through the nonprofit Pencils of Promise. They even fund a trip to Ghana with Pencils of Promise so that borrowers (and employees) can go and meet some of the children who the Social Promise has helped to fund.

Insider's tip: Looking to refinance a loan? Magnify Money is a wonderful website that lets you compare and contrast student loan options.  Just beware that if you have federal loans, refinancing to private loans may result in losing protections like special repayment plans (such as the public loan forgiveness program) that can help you in a time of need. Make sure you can comfortably afford your new payments if you refinance. And take the time to get rates from several providers.

AAPA Constituent Organization Scholarships

  • The Physician Assistant Foundation offers competitive scholarships for PA students who are currently attending an accredited PA program, are in the professional phase of the program, and are student members of AAPA. Visit the Foundation website for a current application.  Here are some of their current offerings. The 38 PA students who were awarded scholarships during the 2014 application cycle are listed here.
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Scholarship — four $2,500 awards
    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Endowed Scholarship — six $2,000 awards
    • Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship — six $1,000 awards
    • AAPA Rural Health Caucus Scholarship — two $2,000 awards to students from a rural area, who are committed to serving a rural community.
    • Ron Pace Memorial Scholarship — one $1,000 award to Florida-based students who are veterans and in their second year of PA school. Named in memory of Ron Pace, a Florida Academy of Physician Assistants past president and AAPA Outstanding PA of the Year Award recipient, who served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years.
  • Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology offers a $2,500 award for PA students. The award consists of two parts: $500 to help with travel to AAPA's Annual Conference to receive the award and $2,000 (unrestricted). Apply by March 1st.
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants offers three annual student scholarships for student members. Apply online by December 31.
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Physician Assistant Caucus offers $1,000 grants for two PA students to attend AAPA's Annual Conference to help foster involvement and awareness of the caucus within the AAPA. Apply by January 15.
  • Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants has six annual student leadership scholarships and three scholarships for students who choose to enter the writing competition. Apply online by June 30.
  • Physician Assistant Academy of Vermont offers a scholarship of $1,000 and free attendance at the annual PAAV Winter CME conference for PA students who are residents of Vermont. Apply by June 30.
  • Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery offers one or two $500 scholarships from the Susan Lindahl Memorial Scholarship Fund, established to encourage young PA students to enter the field of orthopedics. Apply by August 15.
  • The Society of Army Physician Assistants honors the memory of Captain Sean P. Grimes, through the Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship Award. Apply by February 1st.
  • The AAPA Veterans Caucus Scholarship seeks to recognize the achievements of an outstanding veteran of one of the seven branches of the Uniformed Services who is currently enrolled in a PA program.

Note: Grants are similar to scholarships, and availability is based on resources and financial need. When you submit your FAFSA form, you will be considered for Pell Grants.

Also, check your place of employment, organizations and place of worship for any grants for which you may be eligible.

Scholarships and Grants Awarded by the AAPA

They are all due January 15, 2015.

  • Student Academy Outstanding Student Society
    • Description: This award recognizes three student societies for their outstanding service to the profession.
    • How to apply: Download the Student Academy Outstanding Student Society Award application
    • Award/Prize: $500 for each of the three top placing programs
    • Additional details: All of these student societies documented their work in the following categories: public education and advocacy of the profession, public service and outreach, promotion of the diversity and professional involvement. Seventy-five percent membership is required to participate in this award.
  • Student Academy Travel Grant Awards
    • Description: A $500 grant for AOR student society representatives and Student Academy selected HOD student delegates or alternates to minimize travel expenses to the annual conference.
    • Eligibility Criteria: HOD students must be one of the selected students; all applicants should be members of AAPA
    • How to apply: Download the Student Academy Travel Grant application
  • Student Academy PA Student Mentor Award
    • Description: This award recognizes a PA who has demonstrated exemplary service to PA students and has furthered the leadership, educational, and professional development of PA students.
    • Eligibility Criteria: none specified
    • How to apply or nominate someone: Download the Student Academy PA Student Mentor Award application
  • Student Academy PAragon Student Award
    • Description: This award honors a PA student who has demonstrated exemplary service as a PA student.
    • Eligibility Criteria: Need at least 5 applicants; student should be a member of AAPA
    • How to apply or nominate someone: Download the Student Academy PAragon Student Award application

If you have any questions about these scholarships and grants, you can contact the Student Academy Staff at the following email address:

Unites States Military Service and Loan Repayment Programs

  • National Guard Healthcare Bonuses and Loans
    • Physician Assistants and Social Workers:
      • $20,000 per year for a three-year contract
      • $15,000 per year for a two-year contract
      • $10,000 per year for a one-year contract
  • National Guard Student Loan Repayment Program
    • Must have 1 or more qualifying and disbursed Title IV federal loans
    • State and private loans are ineligible for repayment
    • PLUS loans are eligible
    • Loans must be listed on the Department of Education National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) aid summary website
    • Must enlist for a minimum 6 year term of service
    • Must enlist for a critical skills (CS) vacancy in the grade of E-4 or below
    • Information:
      • Payments will not exceed $50,000 with annual repayments not to exceed the maximum amount established by law
      • Must enlist into a qualifying position in an MTOE or Medical TDA unit only
      • Must score a minimum of 50 on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT)
  • Navy Clinical Care Provider
    • To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Physician Assistant in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:
      • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S.
      • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
        Completion of a physician assistant education program approved by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA)
      • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
      • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
      • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
      • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination
      • General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you intend to serve Active Duty or Reserve Duty, and whether you are currently serving, have served before or have never served before.

Who Gets the Most Financial Aid?

You might think that the families who receive the most financial aid would be the families with the most need. In fact, this is not necessarily true. The people who receive the most aid are the people who best understand the aid process.

Can I afford Not To Go To PA School?

Can I afford to go to PA school? The question you should be asking is: can I afford not to go to PA school? If your goal is to become a PA, then the answer to this question is easy. The worst thing you can do is shy away from applying because you think you won’t be able to afford it, and then live the rest of your life wondering, What if?

When I applied to the Rutgers Physician Assistant Program and spoke with students at the open house, they explained that if I were to be accepted the program would do its best to ensure I got through financially. They were right.

I may have borrowed a little more than I intended, but the money was available and after an initial setback I ended up with a highly coveted NHSC Scholarship.

As you will soon find out, there are plenty of opportunities for loans, grants, scholarships, etc. It does, however, take a little work on your part. But since you have set your goals and you’re focused, you are prepared for anything.


Bonus: The Today Show recently had a very good program about loan refinancing and avoiding debt. Take a look at the video here and review their 7 ways to stop loans from ruining your life.

A Surgeon Speaks: 7 Reasons Why You Should Choose PA Over MD

A Fellowship Trained Surgeon Shares 7 Reasons You Should Choose PA over MD

I am a fellowship-trained surgeon.

Besides the financial aspect, the following 7 points will make your decision of PA vs. MD easy:

1.  It takes on an average at least 15 years (after high school) of head in the sand (books) to complete fellowship and reach the $200,000 debt figure that you are quoting.

2.  A 40-50 hour work week is a dream for most MDs. Most of my colleagues work 60 hrs and some up to 80 hours a week.

3.  Not counting the hours after you go home and come back for ’emergencies’.

4.  Family life is a ‘possibility’ for PAs. Look around and see how many MDs have kids before 30. You will be surprised by the small number.

5.  Most of my PA friends work two jobs (totaling 60-80hrs/week), so their salaries go up accordingly. Ever heard of an MD working two jobs. I guess 120-160 hrs/week is kinda difficult. Huh..

6.  PAs work just as well and earn just as much respect by their patients and colleagues.

7.  The only trajectory this trend is going is upwards. Mid-level providers’ need and utilization has been increasing exponentially.

I am totally happy with what I am doing. But if I were to advise an aspiring student for MD vs. PA, I would totally refer him/her to this post. I think the round 1 showdown is won by PAs, not MDs.

- Dr. S

Dr. S is a fellowship trained surgeon who was kind enough to weigh in on the PA vs. MD debate in the comments section of this blog.

What do you think? Is Dr. S spot on or dead wrong? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.  You probably know where I stand on this debate. 🙂

Who Gets Into PA School? Here’s What You Need to Know

What Does it Take to Get Into PA School? Here's What You Need to KnowLeslie Mean is a 26 year old single white female who presents to the PA school admissions committee on her first attempt to get into PA school.

She has a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.47 science GPA. She is holding a bachelors of science degree in biochemistry, had an SAT score in the 1000-1100 range and above average GRE scores.

She has 2 years of hands-on clinical experience working as a CNA and a long history of volunteer work which exemplifies her desire to help her fellow man.

She is kind and considerate and has reference letters which demonstrate her maturity and strong interpersonal skills.

She was accepted into PA school on her first attempt.

Who is Leslie and Why did she get into PA School?

When asking the question: What do I need to do to get into PA school? You would be smart to talk to Leslie.

Leslie is a hypothetical PA school applicant who went on to become a PA school student, a perfectly average PA school student.

She also embodies what PA school's all across the country are looking for at this very moment.

How do I know this?

Because the most recent data from the PAEA semi annual report, representing responses from over 85% of PA programs detailing characteristics of applicants and students enrolled in PA school, show that they are filling their seats with Leslie.

As much as I like to talk about not being average and differentiating yourself from the pack it is good to know what average is. Average provides a baseline by which you can measure your own progress, set goals and develop an application timeline.

Does this mean you have to be just like Leslie to get into PA school?

Absolutely not, first of all, factors such as race, age, ethnicity, etc. are of no importance and you certainly don't have to be female to get into PA school  (I myself am living proof).

But, it is safe to assume that most schools are looking to keep their graduation and certifying exam pass rates high. They have an incentive to take less risks and because of this, anything below average is considered a risk.

Thus, take a good look at Leslie and focus on factors that you can control to differentiate yourself, like your academic standing, your experience, your volunteer activities, your references and your essay.

If you set the bar at Leslie, and end up being a Mother Theresa, I am pretty sure you will be accepted into PA School, although I have no data on religious preference and PA school acceptance rates. 🙂

So what does an average PA school applicant who is admitted to PA school (i.e student) look like?

Let's take a look:

→ The average PA school students age is 27 years old

  • The average age of first-year students ranged between 25 and 28 for all categories
  • The average age at application is 26 years old

Average age of Physician Assistant School Applicant

→ The average PA school student is female

The gender distribution of first-year students has started to stabilize after nearly a 20-year trend of a gradually increasing proportion of females:

  • Female: 72.4%
  • Male: 27.6% (mean)

First Year Enrollment in PA School by Gender

→ The Average PA school applicant has a bachelor’s degree

The majority of PA school applicants hold a baccalaureate degree.

  • No academic degree: 8.1%
  • Certificate: 0.2%
  • Associates Degree: 2.6%
  • Baccalaureate Degree: 70.5%
  • Master’s Degree: 6.6%
  • Doctoral Degree: 0.9%

→ Most students had four years of hands-on clinical experience prior to applying*

PA school applicants come to the table with a variety of medical experience, especially if they are strong applicants. On average, four years of prior experience in one of the following areas is common:

  • Nursing
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Allied Health
    • Physical Therapist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Registered Radiologic Technologist
    • Athletic Trainer
  • Emergency Services
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    • Paramedic
    • Emergency Room Technician
  • Miscellaneous
    • Phlebotomist (that was me!)
    • Medical Researcher
    • Medical Volunteer


Average healthcare experience years and hours of PA School Student or Applicant

* 2015-2016 update: Some recent data suggests HCE hours are significantly declining with a new average of 1.88 years of health care experience among matriculating (accepted) students.

→ SAT/GRE scores of those accepted tend to be in the above-average range

  • GRE Percentile Math: 50%
  • GRE Percentile Verbal: 42%
  • GRE Percentile Analytical: 48%
  • SAT scores are in the 1000-1100 range.

→ The average PA school student has between a 3.36 and 3.47 overall GPA and an undergraduate science GPA between 3.36 and 3.47

  • The average undergraduate overall GPA for PA school applicants who WERE ACCEPTED into PA school was 3.49, undergraduate science GPA was 3.36 and non science GPA was 3.56.
  • The average GPA for students who WERE NOT ACCEPTED into PA school was 3.16

Interesting factoid: As the age of applicants increases, GPA tends to be lower.

Average GPA for PA School Student Undergraduate and Science

→ Most PA school students are White

Skin color has nothing to do with acceptance rates, but it is interesting (and maybe a bit sad) to know that the vast majority of first year students were White (86.5%) followed by Asian (11.1%) and Black or African American 4.1%.

First Year Student PA School By Race and Ethnicity

→ What are your chances of being accepted into PA school?

  1. If you apply to one PA program - you have a 25% chance of getting in
  2. If you apply to 12 programs (or more) - you have a 49% chance of getting acceptance
  3. Average number of PA programs applied to is 8

Interesting factoid: There is no additional benefit for applying to 12 programs or more!

→ Pucker up baby, most PA students are single!

Most students are single (67.7%), though just over a quarter were married (26.4%). A little over two percent were divorced and over one percent were in a domestic partnership/civil union. Most students (85.1%) have no legal dependents. For the nearly 15% of students that reported having legal dependents other than themselves, the average number of dependents was 2.02, with a range of 1 to 7 dependents. Over 30% of respondents said they were considered a dependent of their parents.

→ Most PA students are from "The Burbs"

Half of students reported spending most of their time in a suburban setting. One quarter of respondents reported spending most of their time in a rural environment, followed by 15% in an inner-city setting.

Where do PA School Students Come From

→ PA school students don't smoke pot and are not drug dealers or part of the Italian Mafia

Over three-quarters (82.8%) of programs reported that students were required to have a background check upon matriculation to the program, while 78.7% of responding programs now mandate drug testing.

Some Important Points

It's not Rocket Science: It is important that a candidate demonstrates reasonable aptitude in the hard sciences such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biology. It is more likely that the committee may overlook a grade of C in U.S History or Spanish I. They will be less tolerant of a marginal grade in the sciences.

Show compassion: Your GPA is stellar and you've amassed an impressive amount of medical work experience in the little spare time you have while keeping your grades pristine, but you still get that dreaded rejection letter. Why? You didn't do enough volunteer work. Volunteering exemplifies your desire to help your fellow man—the attribute identified by schools as one of the most integral to becoming a successful PA. "Students who have had experience in working with underserved populations, rural or diverse populations, performing volunteer service or disaster relief, or other experiences that illustrate a drive and compassion for others often stand out to the admissions committee,"

Quote Run of a Ladder Thomas Henry HuxleyIt's an easy race to the bottom, so set your sights at the top: Many people will be set aback when they read that only 25% of applicants will be accepted into PA school on any given year, but this should actually be good news. Being in the top 25% in any field is not nearly as hard as it sounds, simply because the majority of the competition is in the bottom 75% and has bottom 75% qualifications. For example, you have read this entire post so you now know what the average PA school applicant who has had some success looks like. You understand what a top 75 percent applicant looks like. Your goal now is to be better than the average 75% and exceed the top 25%.  If you aim high, you will be competing with a much smaller minority, and your odds of getting an acceptance letter will increase dramatically. It also helps if you apply to 12 programs.  😉

Tables and data were sourced from:

The 28'th and 29'th PAEA Annual Report

No Experience Required! 84 PA Schools That Don’t Require Healthcare Experience


The following is a list of 84 PA programs in the United States that do not require patient care experience for PA school admissions.

I use "require" lightly because many of these schools which claim no healthcare experience requirement do "strongly recommend" or "prefer" PA school candidates with a certain amount of experience prior to application.

In other words, you can apply, but you may not stand a chance against an increasingly capable PA school applicant pool.

I recommend 2,000 hours (1 year of full-time hands on patient care experience) to be competitive.

As you can see from this table many schools claim to require much less.

Does this mean you should wait to apply until you have a load of HCE under your belt?

The answer to this question depends on your background, your age, your prior experience and what else you bring to the table.

Are you a 21-year-old recent college graduate with no prior healthcare experience? Then the answer is yes,  you should get out there and find some hands on patient care experience... no excuses!

Are you a 35-year-old mother of two with ten years working as a licensed acupuncturist and tons of PA shadowing experience? Then you may have some wiggle room.

You can browse this interactive, geographical list of PA schools that don't require healthcare experience on my PA School Finder website.

You will see that most of these schools reside on the East Coast.

Remember, PA schools change their requirements all the time, so make sure to contact the PA program in question and reference their website before you make any rash decisions. If you have updated information or corrections on any of these programs please let me know in the comments section!

PA Programs That Don't Require Healthcare Experience

1. Adventist University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program

  • Our program seeks to educate individuals in becoming knowledgeable, compassionate and spiritually uplifting healthcare providers. Whether…
  • Address: Adventist University of Health Sciences 671 Winyah Drive Orlando, FL 32803
  • Web:

2. Anne Arundel Community College Physician Assistant Program

  • Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) and University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate School (UMB)prepares students to become competent,…
  • Address: Admission Office School of Health Professions, FLR 306101 College ParkwayArnold, MD 21012
  • Web:

3. Arizona School Of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program

  • The A.T. Still University Department of Physician Assistant Studies provides a learning-centered education that develops exemplary…
  • Address: Arizona School of Health Sciences 5850 E. Still Circle Mesa, AZ 85206
  • Web:

4. Augsburg College Physician Assistant Program

  • The Augsburg PA Program was the first in the state of Minnesota. We have a long history of success with our graduates consistently passing…
  • Address: Augsburg College 2211 Riverside Avenue Campus Box 149 Minneapolis, MN 55454
  • Web:

5. Barry University Physician Assistant Program

  • The Program seats students at the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, at St. Petersburg College, through a partnership with the…
  • Address: Barry University 11300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33161
  • Web:

6. Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

  • Baylor College of Medicine is committed to being a national leader in advancing human health through the integration of patient care,…
  • Address: Baylor College of Medicine One Baylor Plaza M108 Houston, TX 77030
  • Web:

7. Bethel University Physician Assistant Program (Tennessee)

  • Bethel University’s mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole…
  • Address: Bethel University 302B Tyson Avenue Paris, TN 38242
  • Web:

8. CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York is to produce broadly-educated, highly…
  • Address: CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education PA Admissions Committee 160 Convent Avenue, HR 15 New York, NY 10031
  • Web:

9. Chapman University Physician Assistant Program (California)

10. Chatham University Physician Assistant Program

  • The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at Chatham University provides academic and clinical training that will prepare…
  • Address: Chatham University MPAS Program, Office of Graduate Admissions, Berry Hall Woodland Road Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Web:

11. Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program

  • The CBU Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is located on the University campus. The cohort-based program consists of 110…
  • Address: Christian Brothers University 650 East Parkway South Memphis, TN 38104
  • Web:

12. College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program

13. College of Saint Scholastica Physician Assistant Program

14. Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland State University Physician Assistant Program

15. Eastern Virginia Medical School Physician Assistant Program

16. Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

17. Gardner Webb University Physician Assistant Program

18. Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program

19. Howard University Physician Assistant Program

20. Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Idaho State Physician Assistant program is to train PAs through service-oriented, multimodal, innovative learning.…
  • Address: Idaho State University 921 S. 8th Avenue Stop 8253 Pocatello, ID 83209
  • Web:

21. Indiana State University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Indiana State University Physician Assistant Program is to create a student-centered educational environment that…
  • Address: Indiana State University 567 N. 5th Street Terre Haute, IN 47809
  • Web:

22. Keiser University Physician Assistant Program

23. Kettering College Physician Assistant Program

  • The physician assistant (PA) program at Kettering College is the school’s first on-campus master’s degree, accredited as such…
  • Address: Kettering College 3737 Southern Boulevard Kettering, OH 45429
  • Web:

24. Lenoir-Rhyne University Physician Assistant Program

25. Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program

  • The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program represents the first Master Degree entry level program within the Commonwealth of…
  • Address: Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program 401 N. Fairview Street Lock Haven, PA 17745
  • Web:

26. Marietta College Physician Assistant Program

27. Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program

28. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Boston)

29. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Manchester) New Hampshire

  • Designed for students holding a bachelor’s degree in any field, the accredited Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program…
  • Address: 1260 Elm Street Room 122 Manchester, NH 3101
  • Web:

30. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Worcester) Massachusetts

  • The program prepares highly-qualified physician assistants who regardless of practice settings, are sensitive to both individual and…
  • Address: 19 Foster Street Worcester, MA 1608
  • Web:

31. Medical University of South Carolina Physician Assistant Program

  • To educate highly competent physician assistants who are compassionate, culturally aware, and attuned to the primary health care needs of…
  • Address: Medical University of South Carolina Education and Student Life 171 Ashley Avenue Charleston , SC 29425
  • Web:

32. Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program (Downers Grove)

33. Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program (Glendale)

  • Our rigorous program immerses you in basic and clinical sciences as you prepare to participate in 13.5 months of clinical rotations in…
  • Address: Midwestern University 19555 59th Avenue Glendale, AZ 85254
  • Web:

34. Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Misericordia University pre-professional Bachelor of Science in Medical Science program is to prepare exceptional…
  • Address: Misericordia University 301 Lake Street Dallas, PA 18612
  • Web:

35. North Greenville University Physician Assistant Program

  • Affiliated with and committed to the South Carolina Baptist Convention, North Greenville University is a co-educational liberal arts…
  • Address: 405 Lancaster Avenue Greer, S.C. 29650
  • Web:

36. Northeastern Statue University Physician Assistant Program – Oklahoma

  • Northeastern Statue University PA Program – Oklahoma Mission Statement The proposed Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program specifically addresses the mission and operational philosophy of the University by: (1) directly…
  • Address: Northeastern University 611 N. Grand Avenue College of Science and Health Professions Tahlequah, OK 74464
  • Web:

37. Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to prepare PAs to provide…
  • Address: Northwestern University 240 E. Huron Street Suite 1-200 Chicago, IL 60611
  • Web:

38. Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Ft. Lauderdale

  • Our program has 14 full time faculty members who actively teach in class and laboratory sessions, as well as participate in various health…
  • Address: Nova Southeastern University Enrollment and Processing Services - PA Admissions 3301 College Avenue, PO Box 29900 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905
  • Web:

39. Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Jacksonville

  • To provide an exemplary educational experience, which emphasizes primary medical care, yet will enable graduates to manifest competency…
  • Address: Nova Southeastern University 6675 Corporate Center Parkway Suite 115 Jacksonville, FL 32216
  • Web:

40. Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Orlando

  • The Physician Assistant Program in Orlando offers educational excellence through the extensive experience of its faculty and its facilities…
  • Address: Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Avenue PO Box 299000 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905
  • Web:

41.  Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers Physician Assistant Program

  • The NSU PA Program Fort Myers endeavors to provide an educational experience that emphasizes primary medical care, provides healthcare…
  • Address: Nova Southeastern University 3650 Colonial Court Fort Myers, FL 33913
  • Web:

42. Ohio University Physician Assistant Program

  • Ohio University PA Program Mission Statement The mission of the Ohio University Master of Physician Assistant Practice Program is to prepare students to be leaders in physician assistant practice in any clinical setting with a particular emphasis on…
  • Address: Ohio University 6805 Bobcat Way Division of Physician Assistant Practice Dublin, OH 43016
  • Web:

43. Our Lady of the Lake College Physician Assistant Program

  • Our Lady of the Lake College PA Program Mission Statement The purpose of the Physician Assistant (PA) program is to educate outstanding physician assistants who, together with physicians and allied health professionals, will provide quality…
  • Address: Our Lady of the Lake College 5414 Brittany Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  • Web:

44. Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program

45. Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

46. Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Physician Assistant Program is to prepare primary care physician…
  • Address: Rutgers University 675 Hoes Lane West Piscataway, NJ 08854-5635
  • Web:

47. Saint Catherine University Physician Assistant Program

48. Seton Hill University Physician Assistant Program

49. Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program

  • The Physician Assistant (PA) Program is an accredited, eight-semester, 30-month, graduate-level program leading to a Master of Science in…
  • Address: Shenandoah University 1460 University Drive Winchester, VA 22601
  • Web:

50. Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program

51. South College Physician Assistant Program

52. South University (Georgia) Physician Assistant Program

53. South University Physician Assistant Program (Tampa)

54. South University Physician Assistant Program (West Palm Beach)

55. Southern Illinois University Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Southern Illinois University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare healthcare professionals to provide primary…
  • Address: SIU PA Program 600 Agriculture Drive Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Web:


56. Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program

  • The Jefferson School of Health Professions is committed to educating healthcare professionals of the highest quality and ethical standards…
  • Address: Thomas Jefferson University 130 S. 9th Street Suite 100 Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Web:

57. Touro University (Las Vegas) Physician Assistant Program

  • The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is committed to the education of highly qualified compassionate Physician Assistants who…
  • Address: Touro University 874 American Pacific Drive Henderson, NV 89011
  • Web:

58. Touro University Nevada Physician Assistant Program

59. University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the UAB Surgical Physician Assistant Program is to provide qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills, and judgment…
  • Address: University of Alabama at Birmingham SHPB 437 1720 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294-1212
  • Web:

60. University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program is to prepare competent physician assistants who value and provide…
  • Address: University of Charleston 2300 MacCorckle Avenue SE Charleston, WV 25304
  • Web:

61. University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program is to provide comprehensive physician assistant education in primary…
  • Address: University of Colorado 13001 E. 17th Place Mail Stop F543 Aurora, CO 80045
  • Web:

62. University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program

63. University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program

64. University of Florida Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the School of Physician Assistant Studies is to recruit high quality students to become exemplary physician assistants who…
  • Address: University of Florida College of Medicine Box 100176 Gainesville, FL 32610
  • Web:

65. University of Missouri – Kansas City Physician Assistant Program

  • To educate competent, compassionate, and culturally-aware Physician Assistants who are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of our…
  • Address: University of Missouri - Kansas City 2411 Holmes Street M1-103 Kansas City, MO 64108
  • Web:

66. University Of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program

67. University Of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth

68. University Of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Physician Assistant Program

69. University Of Oklahoma, Tulsa Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, is to train physician assistants…
  • Address: OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records 4502 E. 41st St. Tulsa, OK 74135
  • Web:

70. University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) Physician Assistant Program

  • The Department of Physician Assistant Studies provides education in medical knowledge and skills needed by individuals to serve effectively…
  • Address: University of Saint Francis 2701 Spring Street Fort Wayne, IN 46808
  • Web:

71. University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program

  • The Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of South Dakota provides a comprehensive primary care education that prepares…
  • Address: Physician Assistant Studies Julian Hall Room 120 414 E. Clark St. Vermillion, SD 57069
  • Web:

72. University of Southern California Physician Assistant Program

  • The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC is dedicated to the advancement of physician assistant education and emphasizes service…
  • Address: University of Southern California 1000 S. Fremont Avenue Unit 7, Building A-11, Room 150 Alhambra, CA 91803
  • Web:

73. University of Texas – Medical Branch at Galveston Physician Assistant Program

  • To recruit, enroll, and graduate an academically, talented student body who will reflect the cultural, geographical, and socio-economical…
  • Address: The School of Health Professions The University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77555-1145
  • Web:

74. University of Texas – Pan American Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Physician Assistant Department (PAD) at the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) is to provide an advanced…
  • Address: The University of Texas-Pan American 1201 W. University Drive Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
  • Web:

75. University of Texas – SW School of Health Professions

  • Established in 1972, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is a full-time, post-baccalaureate program that begins once a year…
  • Address: 6011 Harry Hines Blvd. Suite V4.114 Dallas TX 75390
  • Web:

76. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Physician Assistant Program

77. UT Southwestern Physician Assistant Program

78. West Liberty University Physician Assistant Program

  • West Liberty University began its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program in July 2012. Students accepted into the…
  • Address: West Liberty University 208 University Drive CUB 173 West Liberty, WV 26074
  • Web:

79. Yale University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program is to educate individuals to become outstanding…
  • Address: Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, PO Box 208083 New Haven, CT 06520-8083
  • Web:

80. Interservice Physician Assistant Program

  • The IPAP mission is to educate and train PAs for the uniformed services. Our graduates are commissioned into the officer corps of their…
  • Address: Interservice PA Program 3599 Winfield Scott Road Academy of Health Sciences, Graduate School JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6130
  • Web:

81. Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program

  • Fully licensed by the state of Connecticut, Quinnipiac’s physician assistant program leads to an MHS degree and provides the clinical…
  • Address: Quinnipiac University Office of Graduate Admissions 275 Mt. Carmel Avenue NH-GRD Hamden, CT 6518
  • Web:

82. Trine University Physician Assistant Program

83. University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Program

  • The mission of the Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program is to educate knowledgeable, competent, and compassionate physician…
  • Address: University of Mount Union Physician Assisant Studies Program, 1972 Clark Avenue Alliance, OH 44601
  • Web:

84. Wichita State University Physician Assistant Program

  • With more than 100 years of combined clinical and more than 80 years of healthcare education experience, the department of Physician…
  • Address: Wichita State University 1845 Fairmount Wichita, KS 67260-0043
  • Web:


A Look Inside Two PA School Interviews

A Look Inside Two PA School Interviews

 The PA school interview is daunting

  • You must be prepared, but not to the point that you sound like a robot.
  • You must be relaxed, but not too relaxed as that might give the impression you did not do your research.

Inside Two PA School Interviews

I interviewed at two PA schools in California in 2016, and they starkly contrasted one another

  1. PA School A was comprised of individual Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
  2. PA School B was comprised of four different interviews involving both group and individual (one-on-one)

School A was my first interview and lasted all of twenty-four minutes.

School B (my second interview) was more like two hours. I suggest you call the PA school and ask them what their interview process is, as this will give you an idea of how to prepare.

You must be prepared for anything and everything because no one interview is the same. My suggestion is to do all you can to prepare yourself and put yourself at ease on the day of the interview.

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PA School A: Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

The “Multiple Mini Interview” (MMI) format— growing in popularity— in which there are several stations, each with its own mini-topic or purpose.

School A was my first interview and it started at 7 AM. There were fifty people interviewing and we all gathered into the building.

Three faculty members who were running the interviews greeted us, and the head of the department explained exactly how the interview process would take place because he didn’t want us to be nervous (as if that could be avoided).

The process was explained to us

  • There would be four mini interviews. In each room there would be a staff member and current student whom would ask us one question and possibly one follow up question.
  • We were given 6 minutes in each room to answer, but we did not have to use up the entirety of the allotted time.
  • The interview was “closed book”, which means the interviewers knew nothing about us but our name. Everything we did up to this point was null, we were all on an equal playing field and this was make it or break it time.
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The Four Doors

Multiple Mini PA School Interviews

Door #1 - “Tell us about a time you worked with someone you didn’t like.”

I stood behind door number one and walked in on command.

I met my interviewers quickly, and once I sat down they said to me, “Tell us about a time you worked with someone you didn’t like.”

The physician I work with immediately popped into my head. I explained to them that I rarely meet someone that I do not like, as I try to find the good in everyone.

I went on to talk about how the physician and I did not always see eye to eye, and I proceeded to give an example about a time when we had a disagreement and came to a resolution.

I told them that now we have a great working relationship and feel comfortable approaching each other when we have disagreements.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for
For this question, they want to know that you are a team player and can resolve problems appropriately and effectively.

Door #2 - “What kind of barriers, besides financial, do you see involved with being a PA student?”

The second room asked, “What kind of barriers, besides financial, do you see involved with being a PA student?”

I replied that I felt completely prepared, as graduate school was always on the horizon for me.

I explained that stress is most certainly a barrier but preparation and organization is key in overcoming this.

I also talked about Crossfit and how it is my release, I like to be challenged mentally and physically and be a member of a supportive and motivating team. This not only gave them something to remember me by but also helped solidify why I would be a good PA.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for
In this question they want to know that you are not just “testing the waters”. They want to know that you are prepared to be a PA student and are aware of the rigorous nature of the program.

Door #3 - “What have you done, besides shadowing experience, to prepare for the PA profession?” 

In the third room I was asked, “What have you done, besides shadowing experience, to prepare for the PA profession?”

I broke it down and said that

  1. I joined both the AAPA and my local state constituent chapter of the AAPA to stay up to date on all things relating to the PA profession.
  2. I took on volunteer work treating patients pro bono so I could understand what it is like to have my own patients, devising a treatment plan and following them the whole way through.
  3. I have been taking Spanish classes (hint: here is the best audio program in the world) as I know living in California, this is vital to the PA profession, and many of our patients only speak Spanish.
  4. I have reached out to multiple people currently in PA school to gain a thorough understanding of what it is to be a PA and how to prepare myself.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for
Here, they wanted to know what you have done for PA school specifically, not what you have done to become a healthcare professional. Every answer must be tailored to the PA career and that is where a lot of people make mistakes.

Door #4 - “Tell me about a time when you didn’t meet expectations.”

The very last question was, “Tell me about a time when you didn’t meet expectations.”

The physician I work with, once again, provided me with ample material. I told the interviewers that normally I would not discuss this, but they made me feel comfortable so I wanted to tell them (this made them smile, and wanting to know more).

When I wrote my PA school essay, the physician I work with read over it to give me tips/advice. That day he tore it apart, embarrassing me in front of my coworkers.

I told my interviewers that I did not handle the situation well, and I explained how I learned from my experience. I also told them that if it weren’t for him, I probably would have never made it to the interview in the first place.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for
For this question the interviewers want to know that you do not break under pressure, and can learn from an experience and grow from it.

School A: The Multiple Mini Interview Wrapup

  • The interview process was nerve racking but the interviewers made me feel very comfortable.
  • My suggestion is to prepare your answers so that you use up almost all of the six minutes in each room.
  • You have very little time to make an impression, so use it. Try to connect with the interviewers.
  • Remember their names, and thank them at the end for their time. Be genuine and use experiences and examples that make you different.
  • Relax and breath, you made it this far, because you are good enough to get in.

PA School B: Four different interviews involving both group and individual

The group interview: one or more faculty member interviewing a small group of 3-5 applicants, usually in a “discussion.”

School B was my second interview, and much different than the first.

There were about thirty of us interviewees in a room, and were introduced to about ten professors and two current students.

This interview felt more intimate, and it was much longer. We were told there would be four total interviews, and a test/writing section. The interview was “opened book”. The interviewers had read our files and were prepared to ask us questions directly related to our applications.

Interview #1: The first interview was a group interview

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Three of us sat down side by side in a room with two interviewers.

They asked one question and each of us answered in a one-minute response.

Some of the questions were as follows:

  1. Why do you want to be a PA over MD or NP?”
  2. “Are you aware of recent changes in legislation regarding what PAs can and cannot do?”
  3. “If you were not accepted into this program, what do you think would be the reason?”
  4. “Why did you choose our program over the others?”
  5. “What makes you an ideal applicant for PA school?”

The best way to prepare for the group interview is to research anything and everything about the PA profession.

I suggest becoming a member of your local PA constituent chapter and AAPA as they are great resources that provide a lot of useful information.

You must know exactly why you want to be a PA because they want to know that you are not just “testing the waters”.

Group interviews are stressful, but the goal is to be yourself and give answers that make you stand out.

Interview #2: The second interview was an individual interview

In this interview they gave a scenario and asked a question relating to my application.

Because I had experience working in a pain medicine clinic they set the scene by saying, “Okay you are working for a cardiologist and your patient comes in saying that they have run out of opioid pain medication and are unable to get it from their pain management physician for another few weeks. What do you do?”

Honestly, I did not answer this question the way that I should have.

I said I would pull a Patient Activity Report to confirm the medication being taken. I would check with the cardiologist to make sure it was okay for me to prescribe, and then I would give them a few weeks worth until they could make an appointment with another pain medicine physician or primary care.

The first two points I made were acceptable, but my interviewer essentially said my answer should have been to not prescribe because it would not be within the cardiology specialty.

He was right, but the answer had already been given.

How to prepare for this interview

To prepare for this interview, you must know your application front to back and understand how your current job/ work environment relates to the medical profession in general.

It is OK to ask for a minute to think about it. If I had given myself a little more time, I may have come up with a more appropriate answer.

Interview #3: The third interview was another group interview but it was just one other person and me


We were given about fifteen photos and told we had about four minutes to arrange the photos into two separate stories, tell the stories, and then explain the similarity between the two.

thought we worked well together but our stories were in cohesive. It is impossible to prepare for this.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for
The interviewers want to see that  A) we worked well together and B) we could solve a problem quickly and efficiently. We were successful only in part A.

Test and Writing Assignment

Before the last interview, we were given a test and writing assignment.

  • There was a medical terminology test, which was multiple choice and about forty questions
  • The writing portion was related to the information they sent us in an email weeks before the interview

The writing portion was about how to prepare for PA school and titled “Things to Consider”.

Tip: What the Admissions Committee is Looking for

Make sure you READ this information before going to the interview; I think they just wanted to see if we had read and understood all the information they sent us.

Interview #4: -  The last interview was quick but threw many of us off guard

Each person went into a room in front of a video camera and was asked, “What are you famous for?”

I said I am famous for my positivity.

Some said they were famous for “being weird” or for “taking risks”.

I think in this question it is important to highlight a quality that will make you a good PA.

This was a good way to end the interview because it really made me think, Why should a PA school choose me?

This is an important question to ask yourself. Think about it, and remember your answer.

Believe in yourself, and the school will believe in you too.

Take Home Tips

Commonly, interview days may include:

  • A greeting talk from one or more faculty members
  • A talk from someone in the financial aid office
  • A tour of the facility The chance to meet students in the program
  • A writing exercise on a topic they give you
  • The actual interview (one or possibly multiple)

The entire experience will usually take the better part of a day— say 9 AM to 1 or 2 PM, with the actual interviews usually lasting less than 30 minutes each. This means much of your time will be spent on things other than your “actual” interview.

  • Call the PA school and ask them what their interview process is like. This will give you an idea of how to prepare.
  • Soak in as much as you can about the program while you aren’t interviewing. It can give you great hints about what values the program holds, how the curriculum works, and the “personality” of the school. If you’re lucky enough to have a tour before your interview, ask questions and pick your tour guide’s brain. This can lead to valuable insights you can share if you are asked “Why do you want to go to school here,” or “Why do you think you are a fit for our program?
  • Believe in yourself, and the school will believe in you too.
  • If the school sends you information MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS INFORMATION before going to the interview; I think they just wanted to see if we had read and understood all the information they sent us.
  • Accept that anxiety is normal, you will not be the only nervous person at the interview. In fact, the overwhelming odds are that you won’t be the most anxious person interviewing (there’s only one of those per school!) Anxiety is a normal part of interviewing and accepting and expecting that will take you far.
  • Pause: You don’t need to talk the second you are asked a question. Period. Take a little time to think about what you want to say. Pausing gives you time to organize your thoughts.
  • Be yourself: be yourself, anxieties and all. Rather than trying to project an untarnished image— an image of the perfect applicant who has all the answers, allow yourself to be who you are. If that’s nervous, fine. It means you’re real, flesh and blood, and therefore more personable than the other 150 “plastic” candidates. Congratulate yourself for accepting who you are.

About This Post: This is a guest post by recently ordained PA student extraordinaire Chelsea and documents two of her PA school interviews in 2016 prior to receiving her acceptance to PA school in February.

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165 US PA Programs That Accept International Students

pa-programs-that-accept-international-studentsNot every PA school in the United States is created equal.

The good news is, if you are a foreign student interested in attending a US PA school you do have a range of options.

Currently, 165 of the 236 active PA programs in the United States open their doors to international applicants.

99 of these PA programs require applicants to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination.

List of all PA Programs Accepting International Students

Last updated (09/28/2016)

To view an interactive map of all 165 programs click here

  1. Adventist University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  2. Alderson-Broaddus University Physician Assistant Program
  3. Anne Arundel Community College Physician Assistant Program
  4. Arcadia University Physician Assistant Program – Pennsylvania
  5. Arizona School Of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  6. Augsburg College Physician Assistant Program
  7. Augusta University (formerly Georgia-Regents University) Physician Assistant Program
  8. Baldwin Wallace University Physician Assistant Program
  9. Barry University Physician Assistant Program
  10. Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program
  11. Boston University Physician Assistant Program
  12. Bryant University Physician Assistant Program
  13. Butler University Physician Assistant Program
  14. Carroll University Physician Assistant Program
  15. Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program
  16. Central Michigan University Physician Assistant Program
  17. Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program
  18. Chatham University Physician Assistant Program
  19. Christian Brothers University Physician Assistant Program
  20. Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program
  21. College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program
  22. College of Saint Scholastica Physician Assistant Program
  23. Cornell University Physician Assistant Program
  24. CUNY York College Physician Assistant Program
  25. Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland State University Physician Assistant Program
  26. D’youville College Physician Assistant Program
  27. Desales University Physician Assistant Program
  28. Drexel University Physician Assistant Program
  29. Duke University Medical Center Physician Assistant Program
  30. East Carolina University Physician Assistant Program
  31. Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program
  32. Elon University Physician Assistant Program
  33. Emory University Physician Assistant Program
  34. Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  35. Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program
  36. Gannon University Physician Assistant Program
  37. George Washington University Physician Assistant Program
  38. Grand Valley State University Physician Assistant Program
  39. Hofstra University Physician Assistant Program
  40. Howard University Physician Assistant Program
  41. Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program
  42. Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  43. James Madison University Physician Assistant Program
  44. Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  45. Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Program
  46. Kean University Physician Assistant Program
  47. Kettering College Physician Assistant Program
  48. King’s College Physician Assistant Program
  49. Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program
  50. Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program
  51. Loma Linda University Physician Assistant Program
  52. Long Island University Physician Assistant Program
  53. Marquette University Physician Assistant Program
  54. Marywood University Physician Assistant Program
  55. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Boston)
  56. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Manchester) New Hampshire
  57. MCPHS University Physician Assistant Program (Worcester) Massachusetts
  58. Medical University of South Carolina Physician Assistant Program
  59. Mercer University Physician Assistant Program
  60. Mercy College Physician Assistant Program
  61. Methodist University Physician Assistant Program
  62. MGH Institute of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program
  63. Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program (Downers Grove)
  64. Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program (Glendale)
  65. Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program
  66. Monmouth University Physician Assistant Program
  67. Mount St. Joseph University Physician Assistant Program
  68. New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program
  69. North Greenville University Physician Assistant Program
  70. Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program
  71. Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program
  72. Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Ft. Lauderdale
  73. Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Orlando
  74. Ohio Dominican University Physician Assistant Program
  75. Ohio University Physician Assistant Program
  76. Our Lady of the Lake College Physician Assistant Program
  77. Pace University Physician Assistant Program
  78. Pacific University Physician Assistant Program
  79. Penn State University Physician Assistant Program
  80. Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program\
  81. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  82. Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Program
  83. Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program
  84. Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program
  85. Rocky Mountain College Physician Assistant Program
  86. Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program
  87. Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  88. Rush University Physician Assistant Program
  89. Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program
  90. Saint Catherine University Physician Assistant Program
  91. Saint Francis University Physician Assistant Program
  92. Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Program
  93. Salus University Physician Assistant Program
  94. Samuel Merritt University Physician Assistant Program
  95. Seton Hall University Physician Assistant Program
  96. Seton Hill University Physician Assistant Program
  97. Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program
  98. South University Physician Assistant Program (Tampa)
  99. Southern California University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  100. Southern Illinois University Physician Assistant Program
  101. Springfield College Physician Assistant Program
  102. Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program
  103. SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physician Assistant Program
  104. Temple University Physician Assistant Program
  105. Thomas Jefferson University Physician Assistant Program
  106. Touro College (Bay Shore) Physician Assistant Program
  107. Touro College (Manhattan) Physician Assistant Program
  108. Touro University (Las Vegas) Physician Assistant Program
  109. Touro University Nevada Physician Assistant Program
  110. Towson University CCBC – Essex Physician Assistant Program
  111. Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program
  112. Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  113. Union College Physician Assistant Program
  114. University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program
  115. University of Arkansas Physician Assistant Program
  116. University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program
  117. University of California-Davis Physician Assistant Program
  118. University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program
  119. University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program
  120. University of Dayton Physician Assistant Program
  121. University of Detroit/Mercy Physician Assistant Program
  122. University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program
  123. University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program
  124. University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program
  125. University of Maryland Eastern Shore Physician Assistant Program
  126. University Of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program
  127. University of New England Physician Assistant Program
  128. University of New Mexico Physician Assistant Program
  129. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Physician Assistant Program
  130. University Of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth
  131. University Of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Physician Assistant Program
  132. University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Program
  133. University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne) Physician Assistant Program
  134. University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program
  135. University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Program
  136. University of Southern California Physician Assistant Program
  137. University of St. Francis Physician Assistant Program
  138. University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) Physician Assistant Program
  139. University of Texas – HS Center at San Antonio Physician Assistant Program
  140. University of Texas – Medical Branch at Galveston Physician Assistant Program
  141. University of Texas – Pan American Physician Assistant Program
  142. University of Texas – SW School of Health Professions
  143. University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant Program
  144. University of the Pacific Physician Assistant Program
  145. University of the Sciences of Philadelphia Physician Assistant Program
  146. University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program
  147. University of Utah Physician Assistant Program
  148. University of Washington MEDEX Physician Assistant Program
  149. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Physician Assistant Program
  150. UT Southwestern Physician Assistant Program
  151. Wagner College Physician Assistant Program
  152. Wayne State University Physician Assistant Program
  153. West Liberty University Physician Assistant Program
  154. Western Michigan University Physician Assistant Program
  155. Western University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program
  156. Yale University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
  157. College of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program
  158. Emory & Henry College Physician Assistant Program
  159. Florida Gulf Coast University Physician Assistant Program
  160. Mercyhurst University Physician Assistant Program
  161. Milligan College Physician Assistant Program
  162. Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program
  163. Stony Brook University Physician Assistant Program
  164. University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Program
  165. Wichita State University Physician Assistant Program
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