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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

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This immersive 360-degree virtual tour invites you to tour the brand new academic spaces for Physician Assistant Studies in the Murdoch Building:

Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program and its award-winning, internationally-recognized faculty and staff are 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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The two-year Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies prepares students to work as licensed health care professionals practicing primary and specialty patient care. Learn more about this career and Pitt's PA Studies Program.

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In addition to completing an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA, admission to the program requires applicants to have patient care experience among other criteria. View all admission and application instructions here

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Inclusion Initiatives

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff. Learn more about the inclusion initiatives that the department is undertaking.

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The PAS curriculum consists of one year of didactic courses followed by a year of clinical experience, totaling 82 seminar & lab credits. 

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Clinical Education

Students complete nine clinical rotations during the second year of the PAS curriculum, including inpatient, outpatient and long-term care, and benefit from clinical precepting by residency trained physicians and PAs/NPs at the highly rated University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

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Graduate Outcomes

Our graduate outcomes show that our students successfully pursue careers in a wide array of different medical specialties. 

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Continuing Medical Education

View opportunities to obtain CME credits through the PAS Program.

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Read more.

  • Mary Allias with award

    PAS Faculty Member Receives High Honors

    Mary Allias, assistant professor, is the 2019 Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) PA Educator of the Year. This is the third consecutive year that a Pitt PAS faculty member has won the award

  • alumna and awardee Janelle Porter

    First Recipient of the PA Studies Outstanding Alumni Award

    Congratulations to alumna Janelle Porter (MS '12), the first recipient of the PA Studies Outstanding Alumni Award, honoring her volunteer work as an educator for students and clinical care for communities in need.