Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies

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Physician Assistants (PAs) are nationally certified, state-licensed medical providers who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, provide patient education and preventive counseling, perform procedures, and assist in surgery. 

PAs often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. PAs practice in every state and every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. PAs receive thousands of hours of medical training and are versatile, collaborative members of the healthcare team.

RUSH University’s PA program offers an innovative 30-month curriculum that provides students with an excellent educational experience. The first 12 months of the program include lecture, small-group discussion, and case-based training to prepare students for clinical rotations. This is followed by 18 months of clinical rotations that provide students with enhanced training in a broad range of clinical practice areas.

Our extensive resources provide plenty of benefits:

  • Advanced practice training opportunities in various fields of clinical practice prepare you to take leadership roles in clinical practice, research and service.
  • Intensive academic, research and clinical training offer a comprehensive educational experience.
  • Working with PA mentors throughout all phases of training enhances the learning experience.

The RUSH University PA Program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program Quick Facts
Program Type:



Hybrid on-campus*


30 Months

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*Definition of Hybrid On-Campus:

We are a full-time, Chicago-based, on-campus program. During the first year of the program, 30-50% of classes are blended online and in-person. All clinical rotation activities are in-person and in the Chicago area. 

Class Graduation Year

Number of First Time Takers Program First Time Taker Pass Rate National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year
2018 29 100% 98%
2019 29 100% 93%
2020 28 93% 95%
2021 30 100% 93%
2022 24 92% 92%

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