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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 28, 2024
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies

The Physician Assistant Degree program prepares students to become highly qualified physician assistants. The University of Pittsburgh graduates will go on to serve as tomorrow’s leaders in patient centered care, education and professional service.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs practice primary and specialty patient care in medical and surgical settings throughout the United States and worldwide. In order to practice, Physician Assistants must graduate from an accredited educational program and become certified through an examination by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Program received Accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) in March of 2012, following a site visit in September 2011. Students are admitted into the program upon successful completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution and fulfillment of all prerequisites.

Contact Information

Aileen Brasacchio, MEd
Physician Assistant Studies
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
3420 Forbes Avenue, Second Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Admission Requirements/Application Process

Applications are accepted through the CASPA centralized application service each year from the end of April until November 1. Admitted students will begin classes in spring semester (January) of each year. 


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