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We carry out the mission and vision of our department by developing and graduating the next generation of physician assistants through the following academic program:​


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Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies​

Pitt's Residential Physician Assistant Studies program prepares graduates to work collaboratively with other health care providers to deliver medical, surgical and preventive services; patient education, and 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.

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Physician Assistant Studies (MS) Hybrid Program

Become a patient-centered provider with the experience to act and the confidence to lead through the hybrid format of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.*

Program Comparison: Hybrid Vs. Residential

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Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS)

Contribute to health care at a higher level with Pitt’s fully online Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies. This unique program is focused on practice-based learning and quality improvement with a curriculum that integrates into your current practice.

*The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at