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The Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid (PAS-Hybrid) Program connects virtual didactic lectures with hands-on immersions and clinical rotations across the country. As a graduate of our PAS-Hybrid program, you will be well prepared to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) exam and become a certified health care provider. Gain the experience to act, and the confidence to lead as a certified physician assistant. This program is housed within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Hybrid Program Summary

82 credits (full-time only)

Program starts spring term only (January)

2 years (6 consecutive terms including summer terms)

Eight clinical rotations

Learn what it takes to be a successful online student here

Compare the Physician Assistant Studies (MS) Hybrid Program to the residential 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 Hybrid Program sets its goals high. See our goals and how we plan to assess our performance.

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Policies and Procedures

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

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Tuition and Fees