Why Physician Assistant Studies at USF?

The Physician Assistant program at the University of Saint Francis will prepare you to provide health care to patients using a team approach with your supervising physician. USF is affiliated with a successful, internationally recognized, interprofessional education consortium that includes graduate health care programs in a variety of fields. This relationship combined with small class sizes, experience-based learning opportunities and one-on-one clinical rotations taught in the Franciscan tradition ensure you’ll receive a well-rounded, values-based education.

Skills You'll Obtain

Diagnose and treat illnesses

Order and interpret lab tests

Pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) for entry-level practice

The relatively unique teaching methodology of problem based learning is ideal for developing the critical thinking skills required in today’s medical professional.  With nearly every student passing the national certification exam at the first sitting since 2004 (100% since 2010), our history of successfully educating PA’s is well known.-Jeff Easley, Assistant Professor

After Graduation

Physician Assistants are able to practice in every medical specialty from primary care to neonatology to various surgical specialties, critical care and emergency medicine. Some may go on to research while others may get an MBA and go into medical administration.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% growth in jobs for PA’s by 2024.