Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program Details

Career Options

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects physician assistant jobs to increase by 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations — making it one of the top professions for future job growth.


2019-2020 PA Curriculum

Attendance in the program is on a full-time basis only. Students entering the PA program are expected to comlete all components of the curriculum in 30-months. Advanced standing or transfer credit is not awarded in the program, regardless of previous professional or academic experience.

Employment during the didactic and clinical rotation phases of the program are prohibited. This includes participation in Rush University work-study programs. While on clinical rotations, students may not provide services within the preceptor’s practice apart from those rendered for their educational value and as part of the clinical instruction experience. Students may not receive compensation of any type for duties performed within the preceptor’s practice.

Program Mission

The Rush University PA program mission is to educate advanced health care providers to practice evidence-based medicine with competence, professionalism and compassion driven by academic excellence and service to diverse communities.

Program Vision

The Rush University PA program strives to be a national leader in educating exceptionally qualified PAs to transform clinical and professional practice.

Program Goals

The goals of the Rush University PA program are:

  • Prepare PAs to practice interprofessional, patient-centered care in diverse communities
  • Promote leadership, service and advocacy to the profession
  • Provide enhanced training opportunities to students in various areas of clinical practice
  • Prepare PAs who use evidence-based methods to plan, develop and deliver high quality, cost-effective health care services
  • Promote an environment of inclusion and cultural humility.

Program Performance on Goals

Performance on Goals

Program Tuition

$12,606.25 per term

There are no additional institution fees associated with attendance.

Tuition is subject to change with a potential 2-5% increase annually.

Rush University Tuition Refund Policy

Accreditation Summary

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Rush University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website by clicking on the document at: Rush University Accreditation History.

Accreditation remains in effect 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. 

Incoming Class Profile 2018-2020

This is the admissions performance profile of the five most recently admitted classes to the program.

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022

Starting Class Size: 30

Male: 8
Female: 22
Median Age: 25 Years
URM* in Medicine: 0

Median GPA Total: 3.49
Median GPA Science: 3.42
Median GRE Score: 313
Median Health Care Hours: 2,400

Attrition: 1/3%
Deceleration: 1/3%

Graduation: 97%

Starting Class Size: 30

Male: 5
Female: 25
Median Age: 25 Years
URM* in Medicine: 3%

Median GPA Total: 3.50
Median GPA Science: 3.51
Median GRE Score: 309
Median Health Care Hours: 2,000

Attrition: 1/3%
Deceleration: 2/7%

Graduation: 97%

Starting Class Size: 30

Male: 9
Female: 21
Median Age: 27 Years
URM* in Medicine: 5%

Median GPA Total: 3.42
Median GPA Science: 3.37
Median GRE Score: 309
Median Health Care Hours: 2,600

Attrition: 2/7%
Deceleration: 0

Graduation: Pending December 2020

Starting Class Size: 30

Male: 5
Female: 25
Median Age: 26 Years
URM* in Medicine: 7%
Median GPA Total: 3.53
Median GPA Science: 3.50
Median GRE Score: 310
Median Health Care Hours: 3,520
Attrition: 0
Deceleration: 0
Graduation: Pending December 2021
Starting Class Size: 30

Male: 11
Female: 19
Median Age: 25 Years
URM* in Medicine: 17%
Median GPA Total: 3.5
Median GPA Science: 3.29
Median GRE Score: 309
Median Health Care Hours: 4,286
Attrition: 0
Deceleration: 0
Graduation: Pending December 2022


*URM (underrepresented minority) is currently defined as, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native 

As of December 2018, the PA Program has a 95% graduation rate since inception.


Admissions Contact 
Phone: (312) 563-3234


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