The Physician Assistant Life

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

84-pa-schools-that-do-not-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: http://www.adu.edu/academics/ms-physician-assistant

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: http://www.aacc.edu/physassist/

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: http://www.atsu.edu/ashs/programs/physician_assistant/

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: http://www.augsburg.edu/pa/

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: http://www.barry.edu/physician-assistant/

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: http://www.bcm.edu/pap/

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: http://www.bethelu.edu/academics/colleges

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: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/sophiedavis/index.cfm

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: http://www.chatham.edu/mpas/

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: http://www.cbu.edu/PAS

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: http://www.isu.edu/PAprog/

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: http://www.indstate.edu/amr/physician-assistant

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: http://www.kc.edu/pa

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: http://portal.lhup.edu/pa/

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: http://www.mcphs.edu/academics/programs

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: http://www.mcphs.edu/Academics/Programs

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: http://www.musc.edu/chp/pa

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: https://www.midwestern.edu

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: http://www.misericordia.edu/page.cfm?p=655

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: http://www.ngu.edu/pa-medicine.php

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: https://academics.nsuok.edu/healthprofessions

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: http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pa/programs/ms.html

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: http://www.nova.edu/chcs/pa/fortlauderdale/index.html

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: http://healthsciences.nova.edu/pa/jacksonville/index.html

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: http://www.nova.edu/chcs/pa/orlando/index.html

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: http://healthsciences.nova.edu/pa/fort-myers/index.html

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: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/pa/

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: http://www.ololcollege.edu/academics/academic-programs/physician-assistant-studies

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: http://shp.rutgers.edu/dept/primary_care/paweb/

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: http://www.su.edu/physician-assistant/

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: http://www.siumed.edu/paprogram/

 

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: http://www.jefferson.edu/pa

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: http://www.tun.touro.edu/

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: http://www.uab.edu/shp/cds/physician-assistant

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: http://www.ucwv.edu/PA/

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: http://www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/paprogram

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: http://pap.med.ufl.edu/

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: http://med.umkc.edu/pa/

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: http://www.ou.edu/content/tulsa/pa.html

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: http://pa.sf.edu/

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: http://www.usd.edu/health-sciences/physician-assistant/

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: http://keck.usc.edu/Education

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: http://shp.utmb.edu/PhysicianAssistantStudies/

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: http://www.utpa.edu/pad

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: http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/pa

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: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/

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: http://www.paprogram.yale.edu/

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: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/ipap/

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: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/gradphysicianasst

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: http://www.mountunion.edu/physician-assistant-program

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: http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/home/?u=pa

 

You may also like -

PA Personal Statement Help Magoosh GRE GRE study prep at Magoosh.com. Try the 7 Day Free Trial today!

Get a PA Life!

If you want to stay up to date with The PA Life and learn about new releases and tutorials— enter your email below:

The Daily PANCE and PANRE

Get 60 days of PANCE and PANRE Multiple Choice Board Review Questions delivered daily to your inbox. It's 100% FREE and 100% Awesome!

You have Successfully Subscribed!