Physician Assistant Studies (PA Program), M.S.P.A.S.

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.

Take the first step toward a career as a physician assistant, ranked the #2 Best Health Care Job , the #4 Best STEM Job, and #5 among the 100 Best Jobs across all occupations, in U.S. News & World Report 2024 rankings, and pursue the best program for the job, USJ PA Studies.

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.

Admission Process & Upcoming 2024/25 Application Cycle

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Read the PA Studies updated Accreditation statement here.

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PA Positions Are in High Demand

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for health care services grows, physician assistants will be needed to provide care to patients.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduate highly competent PA’s prepared to enter clinical practice upon graduation
  • Cultivate a spiritually enriched learning environment
  • Provide a learning atmosphere imbued with intellectual rigor
  • Emulate the values that result in the formation of ethical physician assistant graduates
  • Prepare graduates who are collaborative members of the health care team, and provide patient-centered care in an inter-professional context
  • Develop an atmosphere that exemplifies the highest level of professional Integrity
  • Foster the development of the skills required for life-long learning, scholarly inquiry, and professional development
  • Promote an appreciation for social responsibility that is inherent to PA practice
  • Model and encourage the importance and the value of service to the profession and society

Career Opportunities in: private physicians offices, clinics, hospital inpatient, emergency departments, mental health facilities, federal agencies, nursing homes, and more.


  • 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
    • The 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

ConnAPA Student Day

USJ was represented by 32 PA students at the 2022 Connecticut Academy of PAs Student Day event where USJ placed 2nd in the Challenge Bowl!

Outreach and Service

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The PA Program had an impressive response to our 2021 Adopt-A-Family through the Salvation Army of Greater Hartford. As a faculty and staff we gathered gifts for one, four-person family, and the class of 2023 gathered gifts for one, six-person family. 

We had huge piles of gifts in the front of the PA Studies office and in the conference room and believe we got everything the families requested and more.  A full trunk (see attached picture) of gifts were delivered to the Salvation Army by PA faculty & staff and the Salvation Army had to load four carts to take in all of the gifts! 

The PA Program is looking forward to continue helping families on an annual basis!


PA Studies Program
Phone: 860.231.5420
Email: [email protected]

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