How much does it cost to go to Physician Assistant (PA) school? (2023)

So are you considering PA school?

Howeverhow will you pay?

With the average college educationDebt before school PA at $36,300and the expected averagePA school debt load at $112,500It's probably time to ask the next logical question:

How much does PA school cost?

As with most college and postgraduate programs in the United States, PA school prices are increasing.

Based on current data from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Physician Assistants Education Association (PAEA) and the latest NCCPA statistics report:

The average cost for all Pennsylvania schools for the 2020 application cycle is as follows:

  • The average cost of local public tuitionfor a 27-month Physician Assistant program50.289 $
  • The average cost of public tuition for non-residentsfor a 27-month Physician Assistant program$88.6777
  • The average cost of private lessonsfor a 27-month Physician Assistant program91.639 $
  • The average duration of the programes27 Fun

The average increase in non-resident enrollment over the past five years was 3.5%, whileThe population increased by 5.33%.

The cost of public PA programs vs. private property

Of particular interest was theDifference between publicjTuition and fees from private institutions.

  • The average enrollment of residents and foreigners totaledhigher for PA programs from private institutions than for those from public institutions.
  • There was an increase from 4% to 7% in the average population for public and private entities.
  • Average total utilities (books, medical equipment, etc.) for public and private facilities increased by 23% and 139%, respectively.
  • Today, 62.5% of AP programs are private while only 35.6% are public.

Average cost of public vs. PA program fees private property

  • Physician Assistant Program Fees in Public Facilities: $5,937
  • Fees for Physician Assistant Program in Private Institutions: $4,672

Cost for all US Physician Assistant (PA) programs.

This table contains the cost of all private and public physician assistant programs in the United States, as well as resident and foreign tuition (excluding fees) for the 2020-2021 academic year. Tuition fees change all the time, so be sure to check the PA program website.

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PA programlocal tuition feesTuition fees for non-residents
IN. still university86.268 $86.268 $
Adventist University for Health Sciences - Orlando77.480 $77.480 $
Albany College of Medicine66.444 $118.776 $
Alderson Broaddus University115.702 $115.702 $
Anne Arundel Community Collegesee websitesee website
Arcadia University90.240 $90.240 $
University of Augsburg87.024 $87.024 $
Augusta University48.825 $97.650 $
Universidad Baldwin Wallace78.000 $78.000 $
Barry University80.000 $80.000 $
Bay-Path-College101.400 $101.400 $
Baylor College of Medicine69.794 $69.794 $
Bethel University of Minnesota$86.856$86.856
University of Bethel Tennessee80.500 $80.500 $
Boston University103.847 $103.847 $
Bryant University94.951 $94.951 $
Butler University86.000 $86.000 $
California Baptist University80.000 $80.000 $
Campbell University75.600 $75.600 $
carroll university66.469 $66.469 $
Universidad Case Western Reserve$85.76785.000 $
Central Michigan University110.880 $141.110 $
Chapman University (Kalifornien)93.331 $93.331 $
Charles R. Drew University83.000 $83.000 $
Chatham University106.571 $106.571 $
Christian Brothers University79.000 $79.000 $
Clarkson University104.485 $104.485 $
St. Mary's College75.000 $75.000 $
College of Santa Scholastica88.500 $88.500 $
concordia university84.733 $84.733 $
Concordia University, Ann Arborsee websitesee website
Cornell University81.132 $81.132 $
Creighton University$83.132$83.132
CUNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education42.139 $63.364 $
CUNY University of York59.000 $$86.456
D’youville College107.550 $107.550 $
ladies university93.080 $93.080 $
Des Moines University68.840 $68.840 $
Sales University78.300 $78.300 $
Dominican University88.000 $88.000 $
Dominican University of California100.785 $100.785 $
Drexel University79.326 $79.326 $
Duke University Medical Center92.692 $92.692 $
Duquesne University112.488 $112.488 $
East Carolina University43.395 $$89.416
Eastern Michigan University70.546 $121.329 $
Eastern Virginia Medical School72.863 $$83.622
Elon University85.680 $85.680 $
Colegio Emory & Henry78.806 $78.806 $
University of Emory99.799 $99.799 $
Florida Gulf Coast University55.024 $138.479 $
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine62.798 $83.203 $
Florida State University65.333 $88.667 $
Francisco Marion University67.004 $134.008 $
University of Our Lady Franciscan Missionaries100.496 $100.496 $
Franklin-Collegesee websitesee website
Franklin Pierce University90.000 $90.000 $
Frostburg State Universitysee websitesee website
Gannon University (3+2)176.240 $176.240 $
Gardner Webb University78.308 $78.308 $
George Washington University86.148 $86.148 $
Greater Valley State University72.696 $$84.872
Universidad Hardin-Simmons68.000 $68.000 $
University of Harding$86.135$86.135
heritage university80.750 $80.750 $
High point university114.462 $114.462 $
Hofstra University97.000 $97.000 $
State University of Idaho73.764 $118.662 $
Indiana State University40.000 $80.000 $
Indiana University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences58.661 $$84.575
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James Madison University40.016 $$86.428
Jefferson College of Health Sciences80.295 $80.295 $
Johnson University and Wales90.000 $90.000 $
kean university53.000 $70.000 $
Keizer University80.468 $80.468 $
Colegio Kettering81.865 $81.865 $
King’s College$82.668$82.668
Lake Erie University78.400 $78.400 $
Le Moyne College84.000 $84.000 $
Universidad Lenoir-Rhyne77.000 $77.000 $
Lincoln Memorial97.169 $97.169 $
University of Lipscomb92.925 $92.925 $
Lockhaven University53.736 $76.874 $
Loma Linda University89.100 $89.100 $
University of Long Island106.000 $106.000 $
Louisiana State University - New Orleans51.813 $92.321 $
Louisiana State University - Shreveport61.000 $93.249 $
Lynchburg University80.092 $80.092 $
Marietta College78.254 $78.254 $
Marist college90.900 $90.900 $
marquette university114.000 $114.000 $
Universidad Marshall B. Ketchum97.625 $97.625 $
Maria Baldwin College82.832 $82.832 $
Mary Baldwin University (Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences)$83.117$83.117
Marywood University57.275 $57.275 $
MCPHS University (Boston)137.600 $137.600 $
Universidad MCPHS (Manchester/Worcester)87.804 $87.804 $
Universidad MCPHS (Manchester/Worcester)105.522 $105.522 $
Medical University of South Carolina60.891 $89.121 $
Meharry College of Medicine105.000 $105.000 $
Mercer University72.000 $72.000 $
College of Mercy91.060 $91.060 $
Mercyhurst University93.614 $93.614 $
Methodist University$88.347$88.347
MGH Institute for Health Professions119.835 $119.835 $
University of Miami-Dade32.000 $45.000 $
University of the Midwest (Downers Grove)99.032 $99.032 $
University of the Midwest (Glendale)95.193 $95.193 $
Milligan College81.190 $81.190 $
University of Mercy84.000 $84.000 $
University of Mississippi73.600 $73.600 $
Missouri State University46.500 $68.993 $
Monmouth University112.880 $112.880 $
Universidad Mount St. Joseph73.150 $73.150 $
New York Institute of Technology113.190 $113.190 $
University of North Greenville96.000 $96.000 $
Northeastern State University - OK39.400 $69.400 $
northwest university69.000 $90.822 $
University of Northern Arizona61.928 $86.624 $
Northwest University89.500 $89.500 $
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale$74.655$74.655
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers$74.665$74.665
Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonvillesee websitesee website
Nova Southeastern University, Orlando$74.655$74.655
Ohio Dominican University81.131 $81.131 $
Ohio University81.131 $81.131 $
University of Oklahoma City75.000 $75.000 $
Oregon Health and Science University87.162 $87.162 $
Our Lady of the Lake College92.000 $92.000 $
Rhythm University116.515 $116.515 $
Pace University, Pleasantville105.000 $105.000 $
Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital, New York105.000 $105.000 $
pacific university92.743 $92.743 $
Pennsylvania State University$73.686$73.686
Pennsylvania College of Technology86.745 $122.474 $
Pfeiffer Universitysee websitesee website
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine88.319 $88.319 $
Philadelphia University84.990 $84.990 $
Presbyterianisches College89.250 $89.250 $
Quinnipiac University95.000 $95.000 $
Red Rock Community College65.256 $65.256 $
Rochester Institute of Technology76.500 $76.500 $
Rocky-Mountain-College93.861 $93.846 $
Rocky Mountain University for Health Professions103.000 $103.000 $
Rocky Vista Universities85.000 $85.000 $
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine$76.058$76.058
rush university96.000 $96.000 $
Rutgers University83.904 $115.026 $
University of the Sacred Heart107.040 $107.040 $
St. Catherine University73.920 $73.920 $
University of San Francisco86.900 $86.900 $
University of St Louis80.150 $80.150 $
Salu University77.275 $77.275 $
Samuel Merritt University98.000 $98.000 $
Seton Hall University108.960 $108.960 $
Seton Hill University88.480 $88.480 $
Shenandoah University76.540 $86.500 $
smooth rock university81.000 $81.000 $
Southern University90.900 $90.900 $
University of the South (Georgia)75.555 $75.555 $
University of the South (Tampa)$84.275$84.275
University of the South (West Palm Beach)75.555 $75.555 $
University of the South in Savannah80.100 $80.100 $
University of the South, Richmond84.440 $84.440 $
University of the South, West Palm Beach80.100 $80.100 $
University of Health Sciences of Southern California87.344 $87.344 $
University of Southern Illinois83.000 $149.000 $
University of Springfield114.158 $114.158 $
Saint Ambrose University92.960 $92.960 $
St. John's University72.900 $72.900 $
University at Stanford74.700 $74.700 $
Stephen's College89.375 $89.375 $
Stony Brook University46.000 $114.600 $
Sullivan University97.000 $97.000 $
SUNY Upstate Medical Center39.000 $77.735 $
SUNY Upstate Medical Center45.440 $94.449 $
Lewis Katz School of Medicine an der Temple University97.597 $97.597 $
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center38.710 $87.439 $
CUNY School of Medicine43.259 $70.931 $
Thomas Jefferson University78.000 $78.000 $
Touro University (Bay Shore)101.000 $101.000 $
Colegio Touro (Manhattan)106.000 $106.000 $
Touro University - Kalifornien126.680 $126.680 $
University of Touro Las Vegas98.000 $98.000 $
University of Touro Nevada77.651 $77.651 $
Towson University CCBC - Essex31.325 $52.026 $
Trevecca Nazarene University92.300 $92.300 $
Trine University92.050 $92.050 $
Tufts University School of Medicine84.306 $84.306 $
Union College108.160 $108.160 $
University of Alabama at Birmingham63.275 $121.375 $
University of Arkansas53.397 $$84.397
University of Bridgeport80.000 $80.000 $
University of California-Davis123.735 $123.735 $
Charleston University80.024 $80.024 $
Colorado University49.854 $107.952 $
University of Dayton77.770 $77.770 $
Mercy from the University of Detroit98.622 $98.622 $
University of Detroit/Mercy93.138 $93.138 $
University of Dubuque75.000 $75.000 $
University of Evansville92.000 $92.000 $
Findlay University87.562 $87.562 $
University of Florida55.320 $122.994 $
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University of Iowa40.315 $84.385 $
University of Kentucky55.420 $119.000 $
University of La Verne103.747 $103.747 $
University of Missouri-Kansas City69.556 $$82.678
University of Mount Union70.700 $70.700 $
University of Nebraska44.807 $116.453 $
University of Nevada, Reno87.625 $87.625 $
University of New England88.000 $88.000 $
University of New Mexico51.885 $77.032 $
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill61.000 $105.000 $
University of North Dakota38.095 $38.095 $
University of North Texas Fort Worth HS Center47.684 $89.285 $
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City42.465 $81.530 $
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa40.958 $78.682 $
University of Pittsburgh77.288 $89.553 $
University of San Francisco (Fort Wayne)96.775 $96.775 $
University of San Jose102.000 $102.000 $
University of South Alabama62.832 $116.435 $
University of South Carolina School of Medicine110.472 $150.267 $
University of South Dakota44.604 $86.049 $
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine101.338 $182.446 $
University of Southern California171.836 $171.836 $
University of San Francisco79.343 $79.343 $
University of Tampa110.465 $110.465 $
University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences100.979 $130.979 $
University of Texas at San Antonio36.000 $$88.485
University of Texas - Galveston Medical Branch36.000 $74.000 $
University of Texas - Pan American68.000 $96.000 $
University of Texas – SW School of Health Professions36.882 $77.427 $
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley25.500 $60.500 $
Cumberland University81.550 $81.550 $
pacific university108.770 $108.770 $
University of Sciences of Philadelphia96.363 $96.363 $
University of Toledo43.339 $73.000 $
University of Utah69.921 $103.991 $
Washington University73.861 $73.861 $
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse50.009 $87.234 $
University of Wisconsin-Madison32.594 $72.000 $
University of Valparaíso97.239 $97.239 $
Wagner-College93.000 $93.000 $
University of Wake Forest85.000 $85.000 $
Wayne State University36.000 $72.902 $
Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences Cornell Medizin81.132 $81.132 $
Western Freedom University50.400 $75.600 $
Western Michigan University64.874 $77.902 $
Western University of Health Sciences71.039 $71.039 $
Westfield State University75.160 $75.160 $
Wichita State University39.486 $75.429 $
Wingate University75.000 $75.000 $
Yale University - Online-Programm94.500 $94.500 $
Yale University School of Medicine83.162 $83.162 $

How much did it cost me to go to PA school?

When I entered Rutgers University's PA program in 2001, the annual tuition was only $10,000 per year (excluding fees)! Since this was a 3-year program, my total cost minus fees was about $30,000.

I was one of the lucky few to receive a grant from the National Health Service CorpsI had paid for my school in Pennsylvania. I suggest you check out this program as well.

How much would my PA program cost in 2020?

Here is the breakdown for my school (Rutgers) and projected annual tuition and fee expenses for the 2019-2020 school year.

Since they use a rather confusing credit system (this is common with PA programs) I'll provide a breakdown here.

Rutgers Physician Assistant Program Cost in 2020

  • $736 for CreditforResident
  • $1,009 for Creditfornon-residents

Total Credits: 114

  • Total cost of government tuition fees for the 2020/2021 academic year:83.904 $(2012 cost: $69,524)
  • The total cost of out-of-state tuition for the2020/20201Academic school year:115.026 $

what about the fees

  • $175 campus fee
  • $700 technology fee
  • $360 school fee
  • Health insurance rate of $2,312 per year x 3 = $6,936
  • $450 intensive care lab fee
  • Clinical Administration Fee of $150
  • $100 parking/year x 3 = $300

Total Fees:9.071 $

I will go into the costs in a later blog postBooks,medical supplies, and general maintenance costs. Unless you attend Pennsylvania school part-time, it is difficult to keep a full-time job alongside the Pennsylvania school curriculum.

Also, you may have noticed that Rutgers University has a three-year PA curriculum. How does that compare to shorter programs?

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How much does physician assistant school cost? ›

Attending physician assistant school will normally cost you around $75,000 to $80,000 or more. The usual range is mostly applicable for students who are residents in the state where they are acquiring such a degree program.

What is the cheapest PA school? ›

1. Wichita State University. Wichita State University has the cheapest PA program in the country. For the full three years of this program, residents can expect to pay about $28,642, and non-residents can expect to pay $70,343 for tuition.

Is PA school cheaper than medical school? ›

The average cost of med school is significantly higher than PA school, ranging from $200,000 to $300,000. The cost of medical school, again, depends on whether you attend a public or private institution, the area of the country where the school is located, and whether or not you can take advantage of in-state tuition.

Is PA school worth the money? ›

Physician assistant jobs pay well compared to other jobs because of the advanced skills PAs develop through their education and vital role in the health care system. Physician assistants are in high demand, and the BLS predicts the market for PAs will grow by 31% between now and 2030.

How much is PA tuition in Texas? ›

Educational expenses (tuition, fees, books, supplies) for Texas residents for a two-year program range from approximately $4,000 to $8,500 per semester.

Is PA school harder than med school to get into? ›

Is it harder to get into PA school or med school? Acceptance rates for med school are higher than for PA school. Only 33% of applicants were accepted to PA schools in 2016-17, whereas 41% of applicants were accepted to MD schools in 2018-19 and 35% of applicants were accepted to DO medical schools in 2016-17.

Is becoming a PA easier than a doctor? ›

Is Becoming a PA Easier Than an MD? While both are certainly not easy routes, physician assistants typically spend much less time in school (12 months to three years), while MDs must complete medical school and a residency (a minimum of seven years).

Does fafsa cover PA school? ›

Students can get access to these loan programs offered by the federal government by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The benefit of getting federal loans for PA school is that they come with generous borrower benefits.

What GPA is too low for PA school? ›

But it is important to know where you stand and what you need to do to gain an interview to a PA program. The minimum GPA required for most schools is 3.0 (both overall and science), with some being slightly higher or lower.

What GPA do you need for PA? ›


Most PA programs have a minimum overall GPA requirement and a minimum science GPA requirement between 2.75 and 3.2. These are non-negotiable. “If the school you're applying to has a minimum of 3.2 and you have a 3.19, your application won't even be considered.”

How do people afford to go to PA school? ›

Many states also offer financial aid funding. Additionally, there are specialized scholarships, traineeships, and loan programs available to help pay for your education. Remember to apply for scholarships and grants before you accept federal or state loans, and then only accept loans that you need.

Is a PA career worth it? ›

You will have job security.

As a physician assistant, you will always be in demand. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a physician assistant is excellent. This profession is expected to grow by 31% by 2029. This is a faster than average job growth than other professions.

Is a PA residency worth it? ›

PAs participating in a residency program earn compensation from $50,000-$75,000 depending on the program. While this is better than having no income during PA school, it is well below the national PA salary average. The national PA salary average in 2020 was $112,260.

Can PA become a doctor? ›

To transition from PA to MD, you'll need to apply to medical schools, attend an MD program, and complete residency training.

What GPA do PA schools look for? ›

Many PA schools have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 either in cumulative coursework or science courses. Some have higher minimum requirements while other have requirements that are lower than 3.0. Some programs do not list a minimum GPA requirement.

How much debt do PA students have? ›

College Costs and Student Debt Figures for Pennsylvania Four-Year Colleges (2019-20)
CollegeAverage Debt of GraduatesPercent of Graduates with Debt
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania$42,69484%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Main Campus)$43,77882%
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania$41,15484%
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What states pay the highest for PA? ›

The top five highest paying states (unadjusted) for PAs included:
  • Alaska ($140,000)
  • California ($131,000)
  • Hawaii ($130,000)
  • Washington ($126,000)
  • Connecticut ($121,000)
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How difficult is PA school? ›

PA school is very hard. Like most medical schools, a Physicians Assistant school can be very difficult. The average acceptance rate into a PA school is close to only 20%.

What is the average GPA for PA school? ›

The latest PAEA data demonstrates that the overall average GPA of PA matriculants is 3.6, the average science GPA is 3.5, the average non-science GPA is 3.6, and CASPA biology, chemistry, and physics (BCP) GPA is 3.5.

What is the easiest PA to become? ›

Currently, the easiest PA program to get into is offered by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, which only needs a 2.75 GPA to apply.

Why become a PA and not a doctor? ›

2. What are the advantages of choosing PA over MD? PAs typically spend less time and money on school and can switch specializations more easily than MDs. Most PAs begin practicing after 2 or 3 years of education and enjoy comfortable starting salaries.

Is PA as hard as MD? ›

So if you were to only consider GPA, you could say PA programs are easier to get into than MD programs—but by an extremely slight margin. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention one of the most ominous aspects of the medical school admissions process—taking the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).

What can a doctor do that a PA Cannot? ›

An MD can work independently, while a PA must always work under the supervision of a doctor. PAs can't perform surgeries, but they can assist an MD during the procedure. However, an MD and a PA both can: Develop patient treatment plans.

Do you need calculus for PA school? ›

Most programs require one semester of calculus and a second semester of either calculus or statistics. Physics is required by most Med Schools and is on the MCATS, but PA programs often don't require physics. Biology major.

What can a PA do that an MD cant? ›

Another major difference between an MD and a PA is that doctors can legally practice independently while a PA always requires supervision. Both can do the following: Diagnose and treat patients.

Can I work while in PA school? ›

Students are strongly discouraged to accept or continue outside employment while enrolled in the program. Students are not permitted to work for the program.

Do PA school loans cover living expenses? ›

Most students are able to borrow enough to pay for tuition, books, and living expenses with the federal money they receive.

Does FAFSA pay your full tuition? ›

Typically, the school first applies your grant or loan money toward your tuition, fees, and (if you live on campus) room and board. Any money left over is paid to you directly for other education expenses.

Can I get into PA school with 3 C's? ›

Most PA schools will require a “C” grade or above in prerequisite science courses. If you receive a “C” in Chemistry but an “A” in Biology, your science GPA will still meet the 3.0 minimum. However, PA schools will take note of your “C” grade.

Do PA schools accept MCAT? ›

According to the PAEA report, over half of PA schools require the GRE General Test. A handful of schools offer the choice of the GRE or the MCAT, but none specifically require the MCAT.

How many years is PA school? ›

Most physician assistant programs take approximately two years to complete. PCOM offers a 26-month program leading to a Master of Science (MS) in Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Why is PA school so competitive? ›

PA school is also considered harder than medical school in some ways because it is a shorter program, classroom hours are longer and there are fewer electives and optional courses for PAs.

How many PA schools should you apply to? ›

A good rule of thumb is to apply to no more than 6 PA programs and identify target schools that align with your goals and bring you closer to your dreams.

How do I pay for living while in PA school? ›

How to Pay for PA School: 7 Ways to Pay for PA School
  1. Scholarships. ...
  2. Federal Student Loans. ...
  3. Federal Work-Study Program. ...
  4. Federal Pell Grant. ...
  5. National Health Service Corps. ...
  6. Private Student Loans. ...
  7. Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students.
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Is being a PA better than being a nurse? ›

Because PAs require more education and training, they tend to have more job opportunities and salaries tend to be higher for them. On average, registered nurses enjoy a median annual salary of $75,330, compared to $115,390 for physician assistants, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is being a PA high stress? ›

As with other medical professionals, you can expect an intense and stressful work environment as a physician assistant. This role essentially holds you responsible for your patients' lives. While you care for patients under a physician's supervision, you may still feel stressed, given the nature of the job.

What is the lowest salary for a PA? ›

How much does an Entry Level Physician Assistant make in the United States? The average Entry Level Physician Assistant salary in the United States is $105,245 as of January 26, 2023, but the salary range typically falls between $97,836 and $113,022.

Is being a PA a masters degree? ›

A physician assistant degree is a master's-level degree; students must have a bachelor's degree and have completed prerequisite science courses. PA students may enter programs with health care job experience as sports trainers, medical assistants or paramedics.

Is a PA a high paying job? ›

Yes, a physician assistant can make a six-figure income. For instance, specialties that pay on the higher end, such as thoracic surgery and emergency medicine, do pay over $100,000/year.

What are the perks of being a PA? ›

9 Reasons to Become a PA
  • Versatility. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. ...
  • Work/life balance. ...
  • Competitive Salary. ...
  • Length of school. ...
  • Ability to give back to the community. ...
  • Develop relationships with patients. ...
  • Team-based care. ...
  • Continuing education.

How much is PA school in Ohio? ›

The length of physician assistant programs in Ohio range between 24 and 36 months for classroom and clinical training. Tuition costs vary between $21,160 and $78,720.
Length & Cost of Physician Assistant Programs in Ohio.
Type of ProgramLengthCost
Master's2 - 3 Years$21,160 - $78,720

How much is PA school in Georgia? ›

*This table has been updated, please visit the 2017 PA School Tuition Comparison Table.
NEW: CLICK HERE to view the updated 2017 PA School Tuition Comparison Table.
ProgramGeorgia Regents University
Resident Tuition$46,473
Non Resident Tuition$95,732
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How hard is it to get into PA school? ›

Like many other medical schools, physician assistant programs are notoriously difficult to get into for most students. According to the PAEA, the average acceptance rate into a PA school is around 20%.

What GPA should you have to get into PA school? ›

Many PA schools have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 either in cumulative coursework or science courses. Some have higher minimum requirements while other have requirements that are lower than 3.0. Some programs do not list a minimum GPA requirement.

Is it hard to pass PA school? ›

Yes, regardless of what you have heard, PA school is hard. Many students choose to go to PA school because they know it takes fewer years of education than medical school.

What is a PA salary in Georgia? ›

What is the average salary for a physician assistant in Georgia? The average salary for a physician assistant in Georgia is $113,500 per year.

Which PA school is the easiest to get into? ›

Our List of Easiest PA Schools to Get Into
  • A.T. Still University, Central Coast. ...
  • Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. ...
  • Barry University Physician Assistant. ...
  • Bethel University in Minnesota. ...
  • John's University. ...
  • Loma Linda University. ...
  • Marquette University Physician Assistant School. ...
  • Missouri State University PA School.

Is becoming a PA easier? ›

It takes fewer years to become a PA than a physician, but there isn't much about it that's easy, and believe me, you'll still be learning when you get out of school. It's loads of work and time to become solid, and a PA's mistake can kill or harm a patient just easily as a physician's.

Is PA higher than RN? ›

Because PAs require more education and training, they tend to have more job opportunities and salaries tend to be higher for them. On average, registered nurses enjoy a median annual salary of $75,330, compared to $115,390 for physician assistants, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Do PA ever become doctors? ›

Some providers, however, are interested in advancing from their current role as a physician assistant (PA) to a Doctor of Medicine (MD). To transition from PA to MD, you'll need to apply to medical schools, attend an MD program, and complete residency training.

At what age did you become a PA? ›

The typical physician assistant graduated from PA school at around age 30. A wide range of ages represented (about 50 % of PAs are between 25 and 33). If this seems high to you, remember that most PA schools require several years of medical experience, so going to PA school straight out of college is not the norm.

Is PA school just as hard as med school? ›

In the same year, the average GPA of accepted PA students was a 3.5 science and 3.6 overall. So if you were to only consider GPA, you could say PA programs are easier to get into than MD programs—but by an extremely slight margin.

How many hours do PA work a day? ›

Work environment

The typical PA works full time, 40 hours per week. This role may often times require additional hours. Their shifts vary, and they may be required to work nights, weekends, or holidays. This role is also usually required to be on call occasionally.


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