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 No. 3 best job by U.S. News & World Report, and pursue the best program for the job, Physician Assistant 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.

Please contact us at 860.231.5420 or Program Chair Patricia Marriott [email protected] with questions.

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Information about the admission process and upcoming 2020/2021 application cycle 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

Outreach and Service

For PA Week 2019 our 2021 students and five faculty members traveled to the TODAY Show in New York City for “PAs on the Plaza.” Each year on the first Monday of PA Week students from numerous PA programs descend on the TODAY Show. This year the event was held on October 7. Check out some of our students helping with some filming for the show!

Throughout PA Week, our students conducted a Pen & Pencil Fundraiser for the Right-to-Write Organization who provide new and used pens and pencils to children in developing countries where owning pens and pencils is a luxury. Basic instruments like pens and pencils help the children to succeed when pursuing an education. This year USJ PA students collected over 500 pens and pencils, and these items are being sent to Haiti where they will be distributed to children.

Other events throughout PA Week included “Wear your Favorite Scrubs Day,” students who wished to dress-down in scrubs, donated money for their end of didactic year banquet. The week ended with a pizza party and cake lunch.

PA students volunteered for a second consecutive year with the Hartford County Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk held at Bushnell Park on October 17, 2019. Funds raised provide funding for research to find blood cancer cures and to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. In bringing light to the darkness of cancer through research and cures, hundreds of people at Bushnell Park carried lanterns to honor, celebrate or remember their friends and families who have been touched by cancer.

The PA Studies Program has collaborated with the Adopt-a-Park Program through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to establish a long-term partnership with USJ PA students to care for, clean up and maintain a local state park. The Park and Recreation supervisor and volunteer manager are very excited to work with this dedicated group of students and program faculty and staff to take control of this project in order to help maintain Penwood State Park in Bloomfield, Conn. Students, faculty and staff worked together recently cutting brush, pruning, raking and clearing drainage ditches and culverts. The group looks forward to continuing their work to maintain the natural beauty of the park for all nature lovers to enjoy.

USJ PA students continued to volunteer with the Miracle League of CT in the Baseball Buddy, Adaptive Tumbling and Adaptive Dance Programs. Students also participated again this year in helping to create an accessible neighborhood with local groups on the Miracle League Field in West Hartford for the Trick or Treat Halloween Event held on Saturday, October 26. More than 300 children with physical and or cognitive challenges along with their siblings enjoyed the Trick or Treat experience in a safe, accessible and fun atmosphere.

Donated food and goods were delivered by the PA Studies students to the United Way of West Central Connecticut for the Joy of Sharing Thanksgiving Food Drive! Thanks to the contributions from everyone at USJ and in the PA Program four large boxes of food and goods were donated for the holiday season.

Information Session

Please continue to check back for information on future USJ PA Studies Program Information Sessions.

2019 Marks Graduation of the Inaugural Physician Assistant Studies Class

I hope that we all leave here today with the confidence to pursue our passions and be great at what we love. As we step forth into ‘the real world,’ don’t forget to lift up the people around you whenever you can.

– Kylie Hoang M’19

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