Physician Assistant Studies (MS) Overview

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care providers who practice medicine with physician supervision. They are highly sought after members of the health care team who provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care. The Physician Assistant Studies (MS) program is a full-time, 24-month graduate program that provides an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Additional Info
Accreditation
ARC-PA

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Application Deadline

September 1

U.S. Ranking
2011 US News and World Report Graduate Rankings

The 2016 US News and World Report Graduate Rankings list Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program as #20 in the nation.

Mission

The mission of the Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare students to become exceptional clinicians and leaders within the health care community.

Vision

Our vision is to be a leader in physician assistant education by utilizing technology-enhanced education and interprofessional clinical learning experiences.

Program Goals

  • Attract individuals from diverse backgrounds to the Physician Assistant Program.
  • Prepare students to become effective members of an interprofessional team and leaders in health care and the community.
  • Graduate competent medical practitioners who are in high-demand by employers.
  • Prepare students as critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

The Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program Goals Report highlighting our successes and achievements in meeting our program goals can be found here.

Core Values

  • Diversity: The Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program embraces diversity and fosters a culture of respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community.
  • Integrity: The Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program believes that excellence in health care is founded on honesty, integrity, compassion and the highest ethical standards.
  • Engagement: The Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program promotes commitment to lifelong learning, community service and engagement in emerging health care issues nationally and globally.

Program Facilities

The Physician Assistant Program main office is located in Robinson Hall and also maintains classroom and laboratory space in the Behrakis Health Sciences Center.  Classroom facilities include spacious theater-style seating, conference rooms for small group interactive learning, the cadaver lab for anatomy, and the state-of-the-art Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite.   There is dedicated laboratory space in Behrakis for didactic instruction, Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation, and medical procedures.  In addition, new high-tech classrooms have been added to the Snell Library for special classes such as team-based learning (TBL) and provides movable desks, smart TVs, and smart boards, among other features.

Open House Info

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences Graduate School holds a fall and mid-March Open House for prospective students.  Please check the Bouvé Graduate School Open House web page for the 2015-2016 schedule.  The department does not offer tours of the campus.

Contact Information

Physician Assistant Program
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
202 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.3195

Program Overview

PAs are dependent practitioners who perform a broad range of medical tasks and procedures with the supervision, but not necessarily in the presence, of a supervising physician. The PA scope of practice is authorized by state law and determined by the supervising physician.

PAs take medical histories, perform physical examinations, order diagnostic tests/studies, diagnose, develop and implement a treatment plan in consultation with the supervising physician, prescribe medication in all states, advise and educate patients on health promotion and disease management, provide inpatient hospital care for patients and assist in surgery. They provide care both in teaching institutions and in hospitals where there are no physician residents and are employed in health centers, multi-specialty medical group practices, emergency rooms, college health services, physician’s offices, and nursing homes.

Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences has been training physician assistants since 1971, making us one of the most experienced programs in the nation. Since its founding, Northeastern’s PA Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and its predecessors. The program last received full re-accreditation in 2015; the approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2022.  The current accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The program continually conducts self-review to ensure compliance with all ARC-PA guidelines and standards. The 2011 US News and World Report Graduate Rankings list Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program as #13 in the nation.

The program is a full-time, 24-month graduate program that provides an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Graduates of the PA program take the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) after graduation. Certification is required for initial licensure/registration in all states. The pass rates for first-time takers of the Northeastern PA Program compare very favorably with the national rates. Northeastern’s PANCE scores for the previous 5 years are at the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).