In slightly more than 2 years, you can launch your career as a Physician Assistant — one of the nation’s most in-demand professions. Our 27-month, full-time PA Studies program will give you the in-depth knowledge and clinical experience needed to become a competent and compassionate practitioner.
Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
This two-part program is designed to maximize student learning. Here’s how:
Part 1: You’ll spend the first 15 months building your knowledge of biomedical science and developing clinical skills in USF’s on-campus facilities. Students cite the problem-based curriculum as being key to their success: they learn to diagnose and
treat by tackling true-to-life medical scenarios.
Part 2: The final year is spent in clinical rotations where you will be scheduled with a preceptor, full-time, for 11 different rotations. You should expect to complete rotations in the Fort Wayne area as well as at regional sites where housing is typically provided. You may also request some rotations at new or established distant sites where you provide your own housing.
The problem-based curriculum helps a lot: it uses real-life scenarios, which forces us to think deeply about all the potential diagnoses and treatment options. It makes learning more realistic and has given me confidence for clinicals.
Kayla Wolf M’18
Physician Assistant Studies
Certification exam first attempt pass rate for the past eight years
Median pay: per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expected job growth by 2026, much faster than average
PA students develop skills and confidence in our state-of-the-art facilities, including:
USF has more than 1,000 physician affiliates! Core rotations include:
The Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Saint Francis has been granted Accreditation-Continued status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This status is granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. The Physician Assistant Studies program will maintain its Accreditation-Continued status until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
The program is committed to preparing physician assistants who can:
Since the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies curriculum was implemented with the class of 2004, 342 USF graduates have taken the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Of those 342 students, 336 passed on the first attempt (98%). In the last eight years, all graduates passed the national boards on their first attempt.The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) provides a NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report that displays first-time Graduate Performance on Certification Exam results by exam administration year. The program report demonstrates USF first time pass rate by graduation cohort since 2008.
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The Department of Physician Assistant Studies provides education in medical knowledge and competencies needed by individuals to serve effectively as physician assistants who are mindful of the needs of underserved populations. The Department prepares students to be clinicians who achieve professional standards and have enhanced critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and competency in evidence-based medicine. We foster an educational environment of mutual respect, personal growth, and professional advancement.
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will prepare students to become compassionate and accomplished practitioners who are engaged in life-long learning and dedicated to service, education, and leadership.