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Physician Assistant

The power of collaboration.

Physician assistants, or PAs, are vital members of the healthcare delivery system, often acting as primary care providers or medical specialists in doctor's offices, clinics, and hospitals.

As a physician assistant, your responsibilities will include diagnosing and treating patients, prescribing medicine, and serving as a patient advocate. You will deliver high-quality care and meet the needs of your patients, employers, and communities. Additionally, you will positively impact your healthcare team. Studies show that when PAs are utilized to the full extent of their abilities, hospital readmission rates, lengths of stay, and infection rates all decrease.

Become a highly skilled physician assistant.

With over 20 years of experience training the next generation of PAs, MCPHS provides students with an education backed by proven longevity, one that offers extensive educational resources and immersive learning opportunities. These opportunities are offered across each of the University's campuses, in classrooms and real-world settings, through events and activities, and in accelerated and standard formats.

In the classroom and in simulation exercises, students are educated by a diverse mix of PAs, MDs, PhDs, PharmDs and other healthcare professionals, providing a well-rounded education that takes into consideration various perspectives in healthcare. These faculty are dedicated to teaching and supporting their students.

And during clinical rotations, which are offered in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings, students gain firsthand insight into the skills required of PAs. Whether they're delivering healthcare abroad or working in large academic healthcare centers, community hospitals, or private practices in the United States, students learn the value of interprofessional care and the power of their profession, allowing them to become competent, confident PAs.

Questions about our physician assistant studies programs? Connect with our Admission Office. Boston: 617.879.5964, Worcester: 508.373.5607, Manchester: 603.314.1701, Online: 508.373.5657.

Due to their broad contributions to the medical team, the demand for physician assistants is on the rise, with a projected 37% increase in job opportunities through 2026.

In addition to job security, a career as a physician assistant offers high pay and job fulfillment. The median annual wage for physician assistants was $108,610 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning more than $151,850. Additionally, according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report, the occupation ranks as the nation's #1 best healthcare job and #3 best overall job.


Explore the Boston Physician Assistant Lab

Student practicing intubation.

Tour our MCPHS—Boston Physician Assistant Lab, an immersive learning experience that helps students hone their skills.


Discover the Worcester/Manchester Physician Assistant Labs

Pharmacy student practicing suturing

Students gain hands-on experience in the MCPHS—Worcester and MCPHS—Manchester Physician Assistant Labs.