Physician Assistant Studies

University of Pittsburgh

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
46814 USD/year
46814 USD/year
27590 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.


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. 

We offer a master degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. 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.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with the required cognitive knowledge, affective behaviors, and psychomotor skills to consistently and reliably function as a physician assistant;
  • To graduate skilled physician assistants who practice patient-centered care;
  • To inspire a lifelong desire and responsibility for continued learning, service to the community and advocacy within the health care profession;
  • To encourage graduates to pursue educational, research and administrative activities within the health care profession.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession 
  • Human Anatomy/Lab 
  • Health Policy 
  • Interpreting and Evaluating the Medical Literature 
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine with Lab 
  • Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




82 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete all sections of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
  • Submit a personal essay.​
  • Upload valid Healthcare Provider BLS certification from AHA (American Heart Association) to the CASPA application.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46814 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46814 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    46814 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46814 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    27590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27590 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Physician Assistant Studies
University of Pittsburgh