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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 on-campus 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. On-Campus

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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 University of Pittsburgh PA Studies Hybrid Program will apply for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of Pittsburgh PA Studies Hybrid Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2023, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2022 ARC-PA meeting. 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.
In the event that the program does not achieve accreditation all students who have deposited a seat in the program will receive a full refund. The program will not accept the class until which time provisional accreditation has been granted.