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.
|82 credits (full-time only)|
|2 years (6 consecutive terms including summer terms)|
|Program starts spring term only (January)|
Our program does not offer advanced standing. All courses within the curriculum are required. No credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning.
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.
Learn more about our Physician Assistant Studies students and their backgrounds.
Review detailed information about the Physician Assistant Studies program accreditation.
Learn more about the costs associated with the Physician Assistant Studies program.
Learn more about the awards available to Physician Assistant Studies students and alumni.
Policies & Procedures
We set certain policies and procedures to maintain high standards for our students. View them here.
Mission and Goals
Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies Program sets its goals high. See how we're meeting and exceeding them.
Physician Assistant Professional Organizations/Publications
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- National Commission Certification of Physician Assistants
- Journal American Academy of Physician Assistants
- Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants
- Physician Assistant Education Association
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)