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The Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Program Summary

82 credits (full-time only)

Program starts spring term only (January)

2 years (6 consecutive terms including summer terms)

Eight clinical rotations;
Average class size: 60 students

See how this program compares to the Physician Assistant Studies (MS) Hybrid Program here.

About Physician Assistants (PAs)

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs practice primary and specialty patient care in medical and surgical settings throughout the United States and worldwide. The scope of practice includes:

  • obtaining the patient history and performing the physical examination
  • diagnosing and treating illness
  • ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • patient education and counseling
  • assisting in surgery and prescribing medications.

In order to practice, Physician Assistants must graduate from an accredited educational program and become certified through an examination by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). PAs are employed in educational, administrative and research settings.

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Mission and Goals

Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies Program sets its goals high. See how we're meeting and exceeding them.

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Policies and Procedures

View the Physician Assistant Studies first- and second-year program handbooks:

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