Physician Assistant Studies (PA Program)

Physician Assistant Studies (PA Program)

Make a positive impact in health care and in your community as a Physician Assistant.

As a valuable member of a health care team, you can be part of a collaborative approach to patient-centered care that enhances treatment plans and can improve outcomes.



Our 28 month, coeducational program, which enrolled its inaugural cohort in Jan. 2017, will provide you with a solid foundation and prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a changing and evolving health care environment. Please contact us at 860.231.5420 or [email protected] with questions.


Please Note: As of October 1, 2017, the 2017/2018 admission cycle will close for the USJ PA Studies Class of 2020. We will begin accepting applications for the 2018/2019 application cycle when CASPA opens at the end of April 2018. More information about our Admissions process can be found here.

PA Positions Are In High Demand

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • A recent report in Money Magazine listed the PA profession as the third most desirable profession in the U.S.
  • Data from the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 2015 Annual Survey lists the average annual salary for all PAs to be approximately $94,000.

Physician Assistant Program Benefits

  • Unique modular curriculum
    • Proven record for success
    • USJ offers the only program of its kind in the region
    • Students study one course at a time, mastering the subject material
    • The knowledge and critical thinking skills developed during the didactic curriculum will prepare students to excel during the clinical phase
    • Cohort model fosters a student-centered, supportive environment
  • A brand new 11,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility on our main campus in West Hartford, Conn.
  • Faculty who are experts in their field

Career Opportunities

The Physician Assistant Studies comprehensive curriculum allows PAs the flexibility to practice in many types of medicine.

With the increasing demand for health care services and strong emphasis on preventive care, PAs are ideally suited to provide services in a broad spectrum of settings, such as:

  • Private physicians offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospital inpatient
  • Emergency departments
  • Mental health facilities
  • Federal agencies
  • Nursing homes