Below is a cost comparison table of most Physician Assistant programs in the United States. *This table has been updated, please visit the 2017 PA School Tuition Comparison Table.
PA Program Tuition and Cost Data
Tuition and cost data of resident and nonresident tuition including length/duration of the PA program. Keep in mind that these are estimated costs and variables such as tuition and fees will vary greatly from year to year. Make sure to visit the appropriate PA program website for the most up-to-date tuition, estimated costs, and fees.
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|Program||State||Resident Tuition||Non Resident Tuition||Months|
|Adventist University of Health Sciences||Florida||see site||see site||27|
|Albany Medical College||New York||$53,144||$53,144||28|
|Alderson-Broaddus University||West Virginia||$79,880||$79,880||27|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Maryland||see site||see site||25|
|Arizona School of Health Sciences||Arizona||$73,840||$73,840||26|
|Baldwin Wallace University||Ohio||$72,000||$72,000||24|
|Barry University||Florida, Virgin Islands||$76,600||$76,600||28|
|Bay Path College||Massachusetts||$97,000||$97,000||24|
|Baylor College of Medicine||Texas||see site||see site||30|
|Bryant University||Rhode Island||$85,000||$85,000||27|
|Campbell University||North Carolina||$70,875||$70,875||28|
|CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education||New York||$16,530||$41,820||28|
|Central Michigan University||Michigan||$63,050||$99,580||27|
|Christian Brothers University||Tennessee||$79,000||$79,000||27|
|Clarkson University||New York||see site||see site||28|
|Cornell University||New York||$74,982||$74,982||26|
|CUNY York College||New York||$13,041||$22,290||24|
|Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University||Ohio||$26,908||$50,900||28|
|D'youville College||New York||$23,000||$23,000||54|
|Daemen College||New York||$93,080||$93,080||33|
|Des Moines University||Iowa||$30,420||$30,420||25|
|Duke University Medical Center||North Carolina||$76,190||$76,190||24|
|East Carolina University||North Carolina||$30,581||$71,963||27|
|Eastern Michigan University||Michigan||$61,020||$107,474||24|
|Eastern Virginia Medical School||Virginia||$69,356||$76,573||28|
|Elon University||North Carolina||$78,030||$78,030||27|
|Franklin Pierce University||New Hampshire||$86,562||$86,562||27|
|Gannon University||Pennsylvania||see site||see site||24|
|Gardner Webb University||North Carolina||$71,132||$71,132||28|
|George Washington University||District of Columbia||$78,288||$78,288||24|
|Georgia Regents University||Georgia||$46,473||$95,732||27|
|Grand Valley State University||Michigan||$56,341||$75,190||28|
|Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU)||Florida||$62,997||$62,997||27|
|High Point University||North Carolina||$71,000||$71,000||27|
|Hofstra University||New York||$86,900||$86,900||28|
|Howard University||District of Columbia||see site||see site||33|
|Idaho State University||Idaho||$61,272||$102,708||24|
|Indiana State University||Indiana||$39,843||$78,800||29|
|Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences||Indiana||$56,584||$84,875||27|
|Interservice||Texas||see site||see site||29|
|James Madison University||Virginia||$40,016||$86,428||28|
|Jefferson College of Health Sciences||Virginia||$72,720||$72,720||27|
|Johnson & Wales University||Rhode Island||$79,872||$79,872||24|
|Lake Erie College||Ohio||$70,000||$70,000||27|
|Le Moyne College||New York||$77,162||$77,162||24|
|Lenoir-Rhyne University||North Carolina||see site||see site||27|
|Lock Haven University||Pennsylvania||$26,789||$38,275||24|
|Loma Linda University||California||$81,500||$81,500||24|
|Long Island University||New York||$106,000||$106,000||28|
|Louisiana State University - New Orleans||Louisiana||$43,632||$92,321||29|
|Louisiana State University - Shreveport||Louisiana||$30,000||$44,000||27|
|Marist College||New York||$85,500||$85,500||24|
|Marshall B. Ketchum University||California||$89,775||$89,775||27|
|Mary Baldwin College||Virginia||see site||see site||27|
|MCPHS University (Boston)||Massachusetts||see site||see site||30|
|MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester)||New Hampshire||$81,900||$81,900||24|
|MCPHS University (Manchester/Worcester)||Massachusetts||$81,900||$81,900||24|
|Medical University of South Carolina||South Carolina||$22,941||$32,865||27|
|Mercy College||New York||$83,250||$83,250||27|
|Methodist University||North Carolina||$73,430||$73,430||27|
|MGH Institute of Health Professions||Massachusetts||see site||see site||25|
|Midwestern University (Downers Grove)||Illinois||$90,254||$90,254||27|
|Midwestern University (Glendale)||Arizona||$95,193||$95,193||27|
|Missouri State University||Missouri||$35,240||$56,073||24|
|Monmouth University||New Jersey||$102,265||$102,265||31|
|New York Institute of Technology||New York||$102,900||$102,900||30|
|Northern Arizona University||Arizona||see site||see site||24|
|Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale||Florida||see site||see site||27|
|Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville||Florida||see site||see site||27|
|Nova Southeastern University, Orlando||Florida||$28,960||$28,960||27|
|Nova Southeastern University, Southwest Florida||Florida||$70,953||$70,953||27|
|Ohio Dominican University||Ohio||$71,370||$71,370||27|
|Oregon Health & Science University||Oregon||$78,408||$78,408||26|
|Our Lady of the Lake College||Florida||$92,000||$92,000||28|
|Pace University||New York||$84,588||$84,588||27|
|Penn State University||Pennsylvania||$70,000||$70,000||24|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Pennsylvania||$44,850||$56,982||24|
|Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine||Pennsylvania||$66,000||$66,000||26|
|Red Rocks Community College||Colorado||see site||see site||25|
|Riverside Community College||California||$4,623||$18,134||24|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||New York||$76,500||$76,500||30|
|Rocky Mountain College||Montana||$93,861||$93,846||26|
|Rocky Mountain University||Utah||$88,500||$88,500||31|
|Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine||Illinois||$63,176||$63,176||24|
|Rutgers University||New Jersey||see site||see site||30|
|Saint Catherine University||Minnesota||$73,920||$73,920||28|
|Saint Francis University||Pennsylvania||$86,900||$86,900||24|
|Saint Louis University||Missouri||$75,550||$75,550||27|
|Samuel Merritt College||California||$88,000||$88,000||27|
|San Joaquin Valley College||California||see site||see site||see site|
|Seton Hall University||New Jersey||$102,336||$102,336||33|
|Seton Hill University||Pennsylvania||see site||see site||27|
|South College||Tennessee||see site||see site||27|
|South University, Tampa||Florida||see site||see site||26|
|Southern Illinois University||Illinois||$69,210||$103,815||26|
|Springfield College||Massachusetts||see site||see site||see site|
|St. Ambrose University||Iowa||$87,000||$87,000||29|
|St. John's University||New York||$72,900||$72,900||24|
|Stony Brook University||New York||$22,500||$36,000||24|
|Sullivan University||Kentucky||see site||see site||24|
|SUNY Downstate Medical Center||New York||see site||see site||see site|
|SUNY Upstate Medical Center||New York||see site||see site||see site|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center||Texas||$32,392||$78,460||27|
|Thomas Jefferson University||Pennsylvania||see site||see site||27|
|Touro College (Bay Shore)||New York||$73,200||$73,200||24|
|Touro College (Manhattan)||New York||see site||see site||32|
|Touro University - California||California||$59||$59||33|
|Touro University Las Vegas||Nevada||$36,150||see site||28|
|Towson University CCBC - Essex||Maryland||$24,000||$51,000||26|
|Trevecca Nazarene University||Tennessee||$78,532||$78,532||27|
|Tufts University School of Medicine||Massachusetts||$71,050||$71,050||25|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Alabama||$77,535||$146,959||27|
|University of Arkansas||Arkansas||$42,000||$70,000||28|
|University of Bridgeport||Connecticut||$75,000||$75,000||28|
|University of California-Davis||California||see site||see site||27|
|University of Charleston||West Virginia||$78,634||$78,634||28|
|University of Colorado||Colorado||$53,550||$115,950||36|
|University of Dayton||Ohio||$75,500||$75,500||27|
|University of Detroit/Mercy||Michigan||$89,988||$89,988||24|
|University of Findlay||Ohio||$85,057||$85,057||28|
|University of Florida||Florida||$54,080||$120,754||24|
|University of Iowa||Iowa||$45,290||$91,142||28|
|University of Kentucky||Kentucky||$41,300||$84,900||29|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||Maryland||$39,320||$66,109||28|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City||Missouri||$65,075||$78,090||27|
|University of Mount Union||Ohio||$66,325||$66,325||27|
|University of Nebraska||Nebraska||$35,055||$104,511||28|
|University of New England||Maine||$88,000||$88,000||24|
|University of New Mexico||New Mexico||$28,902||$51,926||27|
|University of North Carolina||North Carolina||see site||see site||24|
|University of North Dakota||North Dakota||$34,287||$34,287||24|
|University of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth||Texas||$33,260||$89,285||34|
|University Of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||$30,000||$60,000||30|
|University of Oklahoma, Tulsa||Oklahoma||see site||see site||30|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||$72,601||see site||24|
|University of South Alabama||Alabama||$56,335||$104,009||27|
|University of South Dakota||South Dakota||$44,604||$86,049||24|
|University of South Florida - Tampa||Florida||$69,267||$111,267||24|
|University of Southern California||California||$47,562||$47,562||33|
|University of St. Francis||New Mexico||$79,343||$79,343||27|
|University of St. Francis (Fort Wayne)||Indiana||$60,000||$60,000||27|
|University of Tennessee Health Science Center||Tennessee||$100,979||$130,979||24|
|University of Texas - HS Center at San Antonio||Texas||$36,000||$76,000||24|
|University of Texas - Medical Branch at Galveston||Texas||$36,000||$74,000||25|
|University of Texas - Pan American||Texas||$68,000||$96,000||28|
|University of Texas - SW School of Health Professions||Texas||$28,436||$69,503||30|
|University of the Cumberlands||Kentucky||$79,331||$79,331||27|
|University of the Sciences of Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||see site||see site||34|
|University of Toledo||Ohio||see site||see site||27|
|University of Utah||Utah||$59,150||$87,970||27|
|University of Washington||Washington||see site||see site||26|
|University of Wisconsin - La Crosse||Wisconsin||$42,813||$79,671||24|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Wisconsin||$35,031||$71,680||24|
|Wagner College||New York||see site||see site||see site|
|Wake Forest University||North Carolina||$66,662||$66,662||24|
|Wayne State University||Michigan||$36,000||$72,000||24|
|West Liberty University||West Virginia||$48,000||$72,000||24|
|Western Michigan University||Michigan||see site||see site||24|
|Western University of Health Sciences||California||$71,480||$71,480||24|
|Wichita State University||Kansas||$24,022||$55,948||26|
|Wingate University||North Carolina||$75,000||$75,000||27|
|Yale University School of Medicine||Connecticut||$83,162||$83,162||27|
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P.barat kumar says
Hello Sir, My Name is Barat Kumar i have been completed MB.BS, from CHINA .NOW I am looking for PA programme in USA because i want to get exposure to US clinicals and certification.Please give me information about which universities are funding international students and after PA programme is it possible to do specialization.
Stephen Pasquini PA-C says
The best place to find information regarding specific PA programs is the PAEA PA Program Directory. You can search among schools that accept international students. From there you will want to contact the programs directly and speak to their admissions office. They will be able to provide you with the information you need. I wish you the best of luck!
Patricia Robertson says
My granddaughter will be going to college this fall and has been accepted into a college that offers her as a direct admit into their PA program. The school is expensive $50,000 per year. The question is does she go to a less expensive school $20,000 per year and then after 4 years apply to a school PA program. Question is being a direct admit worth the difference in money. With the direct admit she would not have to go through the process of interviewing, etc.
Stephen Pasquini PA-C says
Now that is a dilemma. I was not aware three were any direct admit PA programs, may I ask where she is going? Also how long is the undergrad portion of this program? Is it 3 or 4 years?
The question really depends on your means to pay for this type of education. I came out of my 4 years of undergrad with $20,000 in debt and had my PA school paid for by the National Health Service Corps. It still took me some time to pay down the 20K in accrued debt plus interest. Having $100,000 or more of undergrad debt coupled with up to $100,000 or more of graduate school debt will have a significant impact on ones life and their choices upon graduation. So that is the first question: how will her school be paid for and how much debt will this decision incur?
The next thing to consider is what if she changes her mind? I am not sure what the latest statistics are on change of major but last time I checked the average college student will change their major 4 times, so if she decides not to attend PA school do you feel this particular college is worth the investment?
It is true that PA school is highly competitive and becoming more so each year, so it is a difficult process that will require time, effort and dedication on her part. I assume she will have to hit benchmarks to receive “direct admit” to PA program as well?
I am always skeptical of these types of set-ups and I personally, would chose the best fit college over anything else. Four years is a long way down the road and no matter how positive she feels about her future now, this may (is likely) to change. If it means a shorter undergrad and a faster transition into PA school the higher tuition may be balanced by shorter time in undergrad and a quicker transition into the workforce… so you would just have to run the numbers.
To summarize – if the only reason you are choosing this school and paying the higher tuitions is because of the “direct admit” option I would probably take my chances and go to the school that is the best overall fit.
I hope this helps some,
Best to you both, I can already tell your daughter has a very bright future no matter what she decides.
A question for anyone who knows. My daughter is choosing between a really expensive , well know university with a great reputation, and a very good school in a rural community. One is 60 thousand plus per year and the rural one is 20 plus thousand a year. So… is a PA degree “the same” no matter where you get it. Is it worth the debt to get it at a more prestigious university???
Stephen Pasquini PA-C says
Yes, as far as employers are concerned a PA degree is “the same no matter where you get it”. As a student, there is a difference between schools and some schools prepare students much better than others. But, if you are comparing apples to apples and one apple is only considered better because it comes from a tree with more prestigue and costs 3x as much, I would go for the less expensive apple. As you very well know student loans are a ball and chain, and your daughter will be better off getting a degree from a very good school and cutting her repayment period by more than half. That being said, if she has her heart set on a certain school for other reasons beyond the costs, this needs to be taken into consideration as well. But, feel confident knowing, no employer has ever been concerned with the school I graduated from… Only that I had a license to practice, that it was valid and I could get started right away 🙂
Best of luck,
I looked at Stanford PA program and it says non resident is 65,000?
This is an old table Mikee, this post was written almost 2 years ago. I have since created the pascoolfinder website which reflects the most current prices: http://www.paschoolfinder.com/item/stanford-university/. And as you mentioned you can also find the most updated prices on the program website http://pcap.stanford.edu/financial.html.
I would like to update this table for 2014-2015 as well and maybe I will do that here in the coming month.
Just out of curiosity, this table (as of Sept 6, 2014), says University of New England is ~88,000, but on your Pa school finder, it says it is ~38,000. Which is the correct number? Similarly, Stony Brook (for out of state) says 36,000 on this table, but ~58,000 on the PA school finder website. Do you know which number is accurate?
Hi Lauren, Thank you for asking! The table currenlty displays the most updated figures. Hopefully I will have the PAschoolfinder website updated here shortly as well with the newest figures. As always though, I would make sure to follow the links corresponding to the school’s website for the most up-to-date figures as they change constantly.
Where is Cuny York College on this list?
Just a correction. PA program at Cook County is PA residency and not a PA program.
I will try to update the database, thanks Swati!
i appreciate all the info you have gathered here. great job.
from the info that i have been able to see so far, there are some schools that do not require for one to have a BS degree rather they offer it right away with some prerequisites. examples are the city college of chicago (malcolm x) which is offering the PA program as an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) with 78 credit hours. i can see that this is an associate degree level and not a masters degree;
i was wondering if there are different kind of PA entry levels because ,once graduated, they entered the salary at below 60k; and i have not seen anywhere that a PA is making that less.
by the way here is the link to that site which you do not have linked in you list: http://www.ccc.edu/colleges/malcolm-x/programs/pages/physician-assistant-associate-in-applied-science.aspx
Salary is not at all dependent on degree level in my opinion. Once you are a PA-C that is really all that matters. From that point forward it just depends on the job and the location. Salaries can vary greatly even in the same county. Salaries are also growing at a record pace and just in the last few years I have seen a huge change. This is interesting about the Malcolm X college program, it is great to see there are many options. You will have to let me know what path you take and give me an update in the future.
Just wanted to comment on UAB’s numbers. Here is their most recent detailed cost of expenses, which adds up to considerably more than what is listed here. http://www.uab.edu/shp/cds/images/pdf/UAB_SPA_Estimated_Expenses_2012.pdf
I was wondering if these costs include student housing, health insurance, meal plan, and transportation or if they are for courses, books, and materials?
This is the price of the program and fees only.
I didn’t see Touro Nevada on your list. I was just accepted and the costs given us for the 28 month program is: tuition $39,945 additional cost estimated (books, board, transportation) $41,995.
Janette Rodrigues says
AAPA staffers in the know told me the following: PAEA currently sells a PA Program Directory for $35 that includes total tuition costs for residents/non residents as well as any supplemental fees. The programs themselves update this yearly with PAEA as part of their membership.
Andy McPhee says
Great info, thanks. I’m just stunned at the enormous disparity in costs. Wow. (By the way, these institutions have periods instead of commas in their costs: Rochester Institute of Technology, Marietta College, Kettering College of Medical Arts, Butler University/Clarion Health, Wagner College/Staten Island University Hospital, Southern Illinois University, and Wayne State University.)
I swore I got all those pesky little periods out of the table, just goes to show how easily our eyes can deceive our brains 🙂
People speculate that the low bar to publishing make the internet a dangerous place to procure information, but I think this post and the comments it has generated proves the opposite point. By creating free, organic resources the internet becomes a self correcting tool, that opens the doors to collaboration and often more up to date information.
I really appreciate your feedback, thanks so much! When I transferred the table data over to my WordPress publishing platform these periods were inserted. Hopefully I will get them all this time!
David Sell says
Update: Medical College of Ohio is now called The University of Toledo and the PA program is 27 months not 24. Thanks for compiling this as I have several friends that are interested in applying to PA school.
Just updated the comparison table with the new information…Thanks so much!
Janette Rodrigues says
This is great. I posted to AAPA’s Facebook page yesterday. Two edits: Wake Forest, not Woke Forest. And a commenter on Facebook says the University of Texas Pan American PA program is 28 months, not 24.
Thanks again for compiling this!
Thanks so much Janette for sharing this post on the AAPA’s Facebook page. I was surprised to log-on and see so many “likes” and I received a ton of Feedback that has helped me make the comparison tool more accurate…You have to love the self correcting nature of the internet! It no longer reads “Woke” Forest (although this is humerus) and I updated the University of Texas program duration.
It would be great to have a searchable database on the AAPA website that allowed each accredited program to update their program requirements and costs. When I was compiling this table I was surprised to see that such a database does not already exist.
Janette Rodrigues says
I’m going to pass that along to the staff who are working on a new AAPA web portal for PAs and students.
California PA-C says
Nice list. Few corrections —
– Univ of Southern California is private (hence why no different out-of-state tuition).
– Charles Drew is no longer a PA program.
– Toro is “Touro” also a Joint PA/MPH program.
This is a great resource, I’ll give to my pre-PA sutdents!
Thanks so much Joy I will update it right now… Hopefully in the next week or so I will have time to create a hyperlink which will link each school to the appropriate fee structure on each programs site. That would make it a bit more useful.
I apologize, I didn’t see it earlier. Thanks for the information Stephen, very useful to see it all in one document.
No worries, I am editing it right now so that it doesn’t confuse people. When I land on a page like this I rarely read the fine print at the top, so I really do appreciate the comment.
These values are yearly costs and have to be multiplied by two (for a two year program) for the full amount.
Yep Chris, I did mention that at the beginning of the post but I think I will highlight that in a colored box so that it stands out a bit more. I don’t want to confuse people and several people have already emailed me…Thanks for the feedback.
See Stephen’s comment at the top of this page.
Zach Bowman says
Sure thing! Thanks for taking the time to put all of this info in one place. Great resource for PA student applicants.
Zach Bowman says
These must also be yearly costs. So you would need to multiple by 2+ for most all programs.
Thank you so much Zach! I had meant to mention that in the beginning of the post. I just made the change. Really appreciate it!
I’m a little confused here I’m just trying to get clear picture of tuition and costs and I did some more research and most of what you say are tuition fees for the entire program? For instance d’youville tuition we precise on the tuition cost for the entire program. what exactly is yearly? It’s crazy if 70k is only for one half of the program because Sophie Davis entire program is about 28 very confused arena I’m just trying to find a rend clear path on prices. What I’m looking for is to get my masters degree in a pa progrm of two years after getting my biology degree bs. At Fresno state . Also trying to find an a credited and cheapest programs and decide from that point their all going to cost I understand but with little investment in comparing coats u I’m pretty sure I can see thousands of dollars any help advice would be great!
Stephen Pasquini PA-C says
Tuition figures listed in this table are based on annual updates by schools posted to the PAEA online Physician Assistant School Directory. Tuition is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure. It is always best to check any figures with the PA program on their website or to contact the program directly as figures tend to change constantly and can even even be reported incorrectly by the school.