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Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program is committed to the development of highly qualified physician assistants who will serve as tomorrow’s leaders in the delivery of health care, patient education and professional service. Our curriculum prepares graduates to work collaboratively with other health care providers to deliver medical, surgical and preventive services, patient education and to coordinate patient care. Because of the PA student’s education in general medicine, our graduates have the unique flexibility to practice in a variety of medical, surgical and clinical settings.

Our PA program has a unique relationship with UPMC, one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the U.S. UPMC, an integrated health care delivery system focused on recruiting and retaining superb physicians and researchers, has developed internationally renowned centers in transplantation, cancer, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, geriatrics and women’s health, among others. UPMC also has invested significantly in information technology to link and integrate electronic medical records across hospitals and health care settings providing our students with a competitive advantage in the job market.​

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Learn about the Physician Assistant profession and Pitt's PA program.

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Find detailed information about admission to the PAS program.

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View the PAS curriculum and clinical experiences.

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Clinical Education

Students complete nine clinical rotations during the second year of the PA curriculum.

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Graduate Outcomes

Review the graduate outcomes of our Physician Assistant Studies program.

Program Accreditation

In March 2012, the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Program was awarded continuing accreditation through March 2018 by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).