Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies

A physician assistant (PA) is a health care professional licensed to provide medical care with physician supervision. PAs make medical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.

Rush University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program offers an innovative 30-month curriculum that provides PA students with an excellent training experience. Your first 12 months will include lecture, small-group discussion and case-based training to prepare you for clinical rotations. The unique clinical training that follows gives you opportunities in a broad range of clinical practice areas, as well as in your chosen specialty area.

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 clinical learning experience.
  • Working with physician assistant (PA) mentors throughout all phases of training enhances your learning experience.

The Rush University physician assistant studies program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program Quick Facts
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30 Months

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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
2013 18 100% 94%
2014 21 100% 95%
2015 27 100% 96%
2016 28 100% 96%
2017-1 32 94% TBA January 2018
2017-2 30 100% TBA

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 100%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 94%
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