Physician Assistants (PAs) are valuable members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This profession was originally created to work in under-served and rural populations.  PAs are now employed in almost all medical and surgical specialties.

PAs are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. In general, most states allow PAs to prescribe non-controlled substances. They can also perform any task delegated by a supervising physician.

With a median salary of $112,260 and a 31% projected job increase by 2028, becoming a PA is a promising career. 

To get their license, PAs must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program.  They must pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).  PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years. They must pass the Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE) every six years.

A PA has an opportunity to care for others and promote wellness. If you are interested in practicing medicine with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers, this may be the career choice for you. 

Methodology

The 25 top Physician Assistant programs were ranked as follows:

PANCE score (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam)- five-year first time taker average pass rate for program

  • To qualify for the top 25 best physician assistants, the program’s five-year average had to be 96% (the national average) or              above.

Tuition*- lower tuition for full program listed as higher ranking

  • Resident tuition is used (non-resident is also included)
  • *other fees may apply

Here are the top 25 best Physician Assistant programs for 2021:

25. University of Washington

best physician assistant programs

PANCE Score: 96%

Tuition:  $85,365

The PA Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine is located in Seattle.  It offers a Master or Bachelor of Clinical Health Services degree (MCHS or BCHS). All students who complete the program also earn a Certificate of Completion. This qualifies them to take the national certification examination. All masters-level students will take part in the core MEDEX PA curriculum. It focuses on primary care and improving healthcare access for the underserved.

The two components of the curriculum are the classroom (known as didactic) phase and the clinical phase. The centerpiece of the clinical phase is the four-month primary care preceptorship. This is most often completed in a family practice setting, or with general internal medicine physicians and PAs.  There are also six shorter one-month rotations, called clerkships. These are intended to expose future primary care clinicians to specialty practice.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

24. Eastern Virginia University

EVMS

PANCE score: 96%

Tuition: $73,791 (resident) $83,266 (non resident)

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is in Norfolk, Virginia. EVMS is not affiliated with an undergraduate institution. It coordinates training through many medical centers in the Hampton Roads region.

The Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School uses innovative instructional methods and diverse resources to provide students with outstanding educational opportunities. The PA Program is divided into two phases, spanning 28 consecutive months over seven semesters.

EVMS has a 95% employment rate after graduation.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

23. Stonybrook University

Stonybrook

 

PANCE score: 96%

Tuition:  $59,512.10 (New York State residents), $97,346.10  (non-residents)

Stony Brook University was among the first universities to offer a physician assistant education in New York. Today’s applicants come to the program from a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds.

A low teacher to student ratio as well as a collaborative approach to learning are two of Stony Brook’s top features in their PA program. Other highlights of the school and program can be found here.

The program includes:

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

22. University of Colorado

Colorado University

PANCE score: 96%

Tuition:  $57,717 (resident), $124,968 (non-resident)

The Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine is in Aurora, CO. It is a graduate-level program awarding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) upon completion.  The 36-month, full-time curriculum provides education in primary care across the lifespan. The Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Program offers students the opportunity to participate in tracks to help personalize and extend learning beyond the standard curriculum. These tracks include exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary education:

  • Rural Track- prepares students to practice medicine in rural areas, especially in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Global Track- equips PA and MD students with public health skills
  • Urban/Underserved Track-  serves the uninsured and those with limited access to health care in urban areas (limit 4 students)
  • Pediatric Critical and Acute Care- critical care physicians and physician assistants at Children’s Hospital Colorado teach  acute pediatric care (limit 4 students)
  • LEADS (Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development, and Scholarship)- provide future healthcare professionals with the vision and skills to be leaders and advocates for patients and their needs

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

21. Yale University

Yale School of Medicine

PANCE score: 97%

Tuition: $108,612

The Yale PA Program was developed in 1970. The founders of the PA Program, Jack Cole, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, and Alfred Sadler, M.D., created the first PA Program in the United States with emergency medicine and surgery emphases. By the mid-1980’s, the program was training students as generalist PAs.  The Masters of Medical Science degree (MMSc) first conferred the Yale PA Program’s Class in 1999.

The curriculum begins with the twelve-month didactic phase. It introduces students to concepts of basic and clinical sciences, principles of human behavior, and research methodology. During the clinical phase, students complete 14 four-week rotations (10 mandatory and 4 electives) as well as 2 four-week “rotations” of research. All 14 of the clinical clerkships expose students to a broad range of medical and surgical care. Students may choose to broaden their experience by selecting four elective rotations in a wide range of medical and surgical subspecialties.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

20. Baylor University

Baylor

PANCE score: 97%

Tuition: $99,424.50

Baylor College of Medicine’s programs consistently rank among the top in the nation.

Located in the largest medical center in the world, Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation’s leading health science centers. The College of Medicine was the first in Texas and the fourth in the nation to grant a Master of Science degree for a PA program. The Master of Science Physician Assistant Program consists of a 13-month didactic phase and a 17-month experiential learning phase. The program offers a didactic curriculum comprised of basic science, behavioral, and pre-clerkship sciences of medicine. It offers clinical and critical thinking/problem-solving skills that provide the foundation required for entry to the clinical year of the program.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

19. Drexel University

Drexel University Medical

PANCE score: 97%

Tuition:  $94,770

Drexel University was founded in 1891 in Philadelphia. It is one of Philadelphia’s top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. The Drexel University Physician Assistant Program provides graduates with a Master of Health Science degree.

After the classroom phase, students are assigned to established clinical training sites provided by the DUPAP for rotations and clinical practica. At least one clinical practicum site will be in an area providing health care services to underserved populations. The program emphasizes rural and inner-city sites in medically underserved areas of Pennsylvania. PA Program accreditation requires that every student must be certified by a licensed health care provider to be free of known health conditions.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

18. Shenandoah University

ShenandoahPANCE score: 97%

Tuition: $79,210

Located in Winchester, Virginia, Shenandoah University (SU), was established in 1875.  The program is designed to prepare graduates for primary-care practice. It emphasizes service to underserved populations. There is a team approach to the delivery of health care.

The PA Program is an accredited, eight-semester, 30-month program leading to a Master’s in PA studies.  Students will learn on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center. The program offers clinical rotations in medically underserved communities.  Students can choose an elective course in:

  • Care of Vulnerable Populations
  • Chronic Care
  • Communication (e.g. Medical Spanish).

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

17. St. Louis University

St Louis University

PANCE score: 97%

Tuition: $74,680

Getting its start in 1929, the Doisy College of Health Sciences has provided students with the tools and education to become well-prepared healthcare professionals.  It is located in the heart of St. Louis on Saint Louis University’s (SLU) Medical Center. Graduates will earn an M.M.S. in SLU’s physician assistant program which takes 27 months to complete. 

The didactic phase consists of pre-clinical lectures, small group discussions, laboratory sessions and demonstrations.  The clinical phase consists of rotations in:

  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Medicine

Measurable program goals for St. Louis University physician assistant program can be found here.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

16. George Washington University

George Washington Medical

PANCE score: 98%

Tuition: $97,230

George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, located in Washington D.C., builds strong primary care and public health foundations among its students. Two graduate-level programs are offered:

  • Master of Science in Health Sciences degree (MSHS)
  • MSHS and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH).

During the clinical phase of the PA’s education, there are seven core rotations and one elective. The core rotations (6 weeks each) include:

  • inpatient medicine
  • primary care
  • surgery
  • pediatrics
  • emergency medicine
  • women’s health
  • behavior medicine

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

15. Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU

PANCE score: 98%

Tuition: $94,527

The university campus is located in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Oregon Health and Science University The PA Program was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to underserved communities. The OHSU PA Program is a 26-month, full-time course of study leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

The curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on primary care. To achieve this goal, the program uses the Competencies for the PA Profession, the content blueprint for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). This master’s level degree curriculum is comprised of:

  • Academic Year
  • Clinical Year
  • Community Outreach Project
  • Rural Track (elective)

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

14. Duke University

Duke

PANCE score: 98%

Tuition: $91,388

The Physician Assistant (PA) profession originated at Duke, located in Durham, North Carolina, in the mid-1960s. To meet the growing need for PAs, Duke University PA Program is a participant in CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs).

Duke’s PA program requires eight prerequisite courses-all of which must be completed with grades of “C” or better. The first 12 months of the program are devoted to preclinical studies. The remaining 12 months are clinical experiences in primary care and the medical and surgical specialties. During the second year of the PA Program, students complete 10 rotations. These clinical experiences are composed of eight required and two elective rotations, and a final senior seminar course. At least one of these rotations is required to take place in a medically underserved area. Their accredited program boasts that 95% of graduates will be employed within six months of graduation.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

13. Rutgers University

Rutgers

PANCE score: 98% (100% for class of 2019)

Tuition: $88,350 (resident) $120,840 non resident

Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, recently won the  Excellence in Diversity Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association. This 33- month program provides students the foundational knowledge and the clinical experience needed to become a successful physician assistant. Clinical experience includes:

  • ambulatory care
  • surgery
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • pediatrics
  • emergency care
  • electives (i.e.  cardiology, infectious disease, dermatology, or gastroenterology) 

Rutgers partners with HOPE ( Health Outreach Patient Experience ) to provide students the opportunity to work with the underserved. Rutgers is committed to creating lifelong learners by preparing students to analyze medical literature.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

12. Seton Hall

Seton Hall

PANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $129, 600

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.) program at Seton Hall is a 96-credit, three-year professional program. It includes courses specific to physician assistant practice. It will provide students with the technical skills necessary to perform as certified practitioners. Clinical rotations are a distinguishing feature of the SHU PA program.

While most PA programs offer 38-50 weeks of clinical exposure, the SHMS program provides 60 weeks of varied clinical experiences. Students receive hands-on experiences with patients in their first semester of study. In the first year, students get patient histories, perform physical exams, and observe patients. Intensive core clinical experiences begin in the first semester of the second year of study and continue into the third and final year of the program. These rotations, in addition to a 4-week elective rotation, involve all the major specialties including:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Critical Care

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

11. Midwestern- Downers Grove, IL  

Midwestern

PANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $116,186

Located in Downers Grove, Illinois, this campus offers the Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies.  The didactic coursework includes 12 months of basic science coursework in:

  • anatomy
  • biochemistry
  • neuroscience
  • physiology
  • pharmacology
  • immunology
  • genetics
  • microbiology

It also includes clinical coursework in clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, professional issues, and interpretation of the medical literature. During the remaining 15 months, students are required to rotate through eight core clinical rotations and two elective clinical rotations.

The second-year clinical program is primarily delivered at affiliated clinical sites and facilities within the Chicago metropolitan area. Sites include:

  • ambulatory practice settings
  • small and large office-based group practices
  • community health centers
  • in-patient settings involving large and small hospitals
  • federal and state facilities

These sites are in urban, suburban, and rural communities.  The rigorous curriculum has prepared the students for success. Midwestern has 100% graduation rate.

Midwestern also has a campus in Glendale, Arizona with a top physician assistant program. The PANCE score is 98% at this location.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

10. Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac

PANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $101,050

Quinnipiac University secures the top 10 in best physician assistant programs. It began as a small college in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1929. The Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is home to the School of Health Sciences, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Law, School of Nursing and the School of Education. Quinnipiac’s physician assistant program leads to a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree.

Quinnipiac’s 27-month program provides intensive course work in biology and the applied sciences. Fieldwork experiences include:

  • hospitals
  • medical centers
  • extended-care facilities
  • nursing homes

The Physician Assistant Certificate/Master of Health Science at Quinnipiac has a 100% employment rate after graduation.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

9. University of Iowa 

University of Iowa

PANCE Score: 99.99%

Tuition: $98,210 (resident)

Throughout The University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program history, students have been heavily integrated into the Carver College of Medicine’s medical education. They take courses and are graded on the same scale as second-year medical students.

After completion of the 28-month program, the PA will be able to perform tasks of health care management performed by the primary care physician.  This allows the physician greater freedom and time for more complicated medical problems.

The University of Iowa’s physician assistant program has 100% employment rate after graduation.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

8. Rosalind Frankin University

Rosalind Franklin

PANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $96,370

Formed in 1912 as the Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine, today Rosalind Franklin University (RFU) brings together five colleges and over 30 graduate health profession and science programs. The school’s 24-month Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice program is available full-time only.

The first 12 months of the RFU of Medicine and Science consists of didactic course work. The second 12 months entails attending clinical rotations in:

  • Family Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • two electives

Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in inter-professional health care teams which extends through the fall and winter of the first year. During the clinical phase, students will be expected to travel to several clerkships at locations distant from the school. Each clerkship is six weeks in length.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

7. Northeastern University

Northeastern University

PANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $93,318

Northeastern University, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is part of the Bouve College of Health Sciences. It offers a traditional master’s in physician assistant studies as well as two dual master’s degree pathways:

  • PA/MPH
  • PA/Health Informatics (HI)

Northeastern is committed to ending discrimination by caring for all patients regardless of race, gender, class, age, or ethnicity. Their core values for their physician assistant program are:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Diversity
  • Engagement

Their mission is:  To educate and inspire compassionate clinicians prepared to be accomplished leaders and innovators in all aspects of healthcare.

98% of students were offered a job within 6 months of graduation.

Program Accreditation: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

6. Wake Forest University

Wake ForestPANCE score: 99%

Tuition: $85,400

The Wake Forest School of Medicine is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The physician assistant program features inquiry-based, small-group, self-directed learning centered around real patient medical problems. It remains one of the few programs in the country with an educational experience focused on adult and applied learning principles.

The Masters’ Curriculum includes:

  • The Fundamentals of Basic Science- four-week human anatomy and physiology block presented at the beginning of the Preclinical Year
  • Clinical Reasoning and Inquiry-based Learning (IBL)- a five-part course that spans the Preclinical Year
  • Being a PA-  a five-part course that introduces professional practice issues
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Skills- a four-course sequence consisting of the appropriate use and interpretation of clinical testing
  • Foundations of Medicine and Surgery- a four-part course that spans the Preclinical Year
  • Patient Care-  a four-part series that provides foundational knowledge and introduces practical skills
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics-  four-course series affords knowledge of the application of pharmacologic agents
  • The Graduate Project-  a two-part course in which students work with the course director and a faculty mentor to formulate a relevant topic

These are followed by the Clinical Year: core rotations through different specialties.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

5. Marquette University

Marquette

PANCE score 100%

Tuition: $134,910

Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starts the top 5 best programs for physician assistants. Marquette recognized the growing need for physician assistants. In fall of 2019, it opened an $18.5 million physician assistant building anticipating the growth in their top program.

Goals for this program based on their Jesuit heritage include:

  • thorough and expansive medical knowledge
  • top interpersonal and communication skills
  • effective patient care
  • outstanding professionalism
  • Practice-Based Learning and Systems-Based Practice

Marquette University aims for 100% employment rate within 6 months of graduation based on their high expectations for the program.

Program Accreditation:  Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

4. Northwestern University

Northwestern

PANCE score: 100%

Tuition: $99,258

The Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program is part of the Feinberg School of Medicine. The intentional goals set for their program help secure a top spot in the best physician assistant programs in the country. Community service and volunteering give the students experience and allow them to give back to their communities.

Students learn through Problem-Based Learning.  This will prepare them with real-world messy problems they are sure to come across.

During their clinical year, PA students have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of facilities in the Chicago area such as:

Based on their 2019 graduate survey, 100% were employed as physician assistants.

Program Accreditation:  Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

3. University of Nebraska

UNMC

PANCE score: 100%

Tuition: University of Nebraska $58, 254 (resident) ($151,389 non resident)

The University of Nebraska College of Medicine (UNMC) in Lincoln is part of  University of Nebraska.  Today, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree is offered by UNMC at Omaha and Kearney (UNK) campuses. There is also a MPAS Degree Advanced Option for current PAs seeking further education. In addition, the Medical Center has a dual degree MPAS/MPH (Masters in Public Health) for PAs.

The MPAS program requires 28 continuous months of instruction divided into two phases:

  • Phase I (Didactic Phase)- 13 months of basic medical sciences, pre-clinical sciences and professional studies course work.
  • Phase II (Clinical Education phase)-10 months of required clerkships and 5 months of Elective clerkships.

Clerkships are scheduled after mutual collaboration and agreement between the student and the Clinical Coordinator. Assignments to clerkship sites are made after careful consideration of the individual student’s educational needs, site availability and the program’s goal for clinical education.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

2. University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse

University of Wisconsin Lacrosse

PANCE score: 100%

Tuition: $46,269.89 (WI and MN reciprocal residents), $83,732.25 non residents

The Physician Assistant program at University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse is a partnership between:

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Gunderson Medical Foundation
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System

The program’s focus is to produce top physician assistants for the Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa regions. The first year is spent on the curriculum. All students must be full time. The second year is spent on eleven 4-week rotations. The seven required rotations are:

  • general surgery
  • emergency medicine
  • obstetrics/gynecology
  • pediatrics
  • internal medicine
  • family medicine
  • behavioral health

The remaining four will be determined by availability and interest.

The focused attention on mastery of curriculum and clinical practice is what keeps the University of Wisconsin’s PA graduates with a PANCE score of 100% making this the second-best program for physician assistants.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

1. University of Texas Southwestern

PANCE score: 100%

Tuition: $41,149 (resident) $87,629 for non-Texas residents

UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, is a full-time, post-baccalaureate program, and earns the number 1 spot for best physician program. The curriculum is a powerful blend of academic learning and hands-on clinical training. Students begin with four semesters of lecture and bedside demonstration in medical and behavioral sciences. This foundational coursework is followed by four semesters of clinical rotations in a wide range of disciplines and settings. The hub of your training is Parkland Memorial Hospital. Parkland has earned a place on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for more than a decade.

After completing course work, students participate in 59 weeks of clinical rotations. This will expose them to the entire range of medical practice.

Program Accreditation: The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Physician Assistant Programs FAQ

What does a physician assistant do?

A PA examines diagnoses and treats patients in various medical settings. Job responsibilities may differ from state to state. PAs may work in primary care, family medicine, surgery, emergency, or psychiatry.

A PA may:

  • read patient histories
  • complete exams
  • diagnose and treat illness
  • prescribe medicine
  • answer patient questions
  • observe lab results

How long does it take to become a physician assistant?

Becoming a physician assistant generally requires a master’s degree from an accredited program. Students will be entering the program with a bachelor’s degree, and commonly already have some experience in the field. PA programs may require anywhere between 500-2,000 hours before applying for the program. Experience may be as a registered nurse, an EMT or a paramedic, for example.

Between classroom work and clinical rotations, most physician assistant programs are between 2 and 3 years. Many universities require the student to be full time for the time consuming and intense program. Some schools may offer a specialized track beyond the standard curriculum.

Examples:

  • Northeastern University- 2 year program
  • University of Colorado- 3 year program, offers specialized tracks in rural track, global health track and a pediatric critical and acute care longitudinal experience
  • St. Louis University- 27 month program
  • Marquette University- 3 year program
  • UT Southwestern- 30 months, beginning in May and ending in December

What GPA do I need to become a physician assistant?

Though there are various admissions factors at each college or university, many have a minimum GPA.

  • University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse requires a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Yale requires a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in science
  • The average GPA of accepted students at Duke was 3.51-3.85
  • Seton Hall required a minium cumulative GPA of 3.2

What bachelor’s degree do I need before entering a physician assistant masters program?

The accepting university may not have a prerequisite for entering a master’s program for a physician assistant. Some may require 2-4 years of science focus in undergraduate work. A science or health-related bachelors is helpful, but not necessarily required. Possible bachelor’s that might work well include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Human Development

What is a Physician Assistant’s salary?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average salary for a physician assistant is $112,260. A PA may work more than 40 hours a week. They may work nights, weekends, and holidays. They may have to be on call, coming in to work with little notice. The top 10% of PAs earned over $157, 120.

With a 31% estimated job growth between 2018-2028, becoming a physician assistant is a promising and lucrative career.

 

DQ Staff

Updated August 2020

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