The Physician Assistant program at Northeastern trains students as generalist providers in the traditional primary care environment while also preparing students to work in new and emerging aspects of health care.
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Northeastern’s PA Program is highly integrated. Small group sections are no larger than 2 to 6 students and our general lectures hold just 40 students. This means that your instructors can take the time to answer your questions and go into topics in considerable depth, preparing you for the clinical placements where you will put your knowledge to work.
Established in 1971, the physician assistant (PA) program has a long-standing history of, and expertise in, the education and training of physician assistants. The PA program is located in close proximity to Boston’s major academic medical centers and was the first generalist PA training program in the nation to offer a master’s degree in 1985.
This rigorous, highly integrated curriculum offers our students the opportunity to obtain broad generalist training that prepares them for successful employment in all fields of clinical practice. Our instructional faculty members are practicing clinicians from throughout New England, and most have been teaching with the program for many years. The clinical year is designed to provide students with experience in diverse healthcare settings in our well-established network of clinical rotation sites. Northeastern’s PA program graduates are employed in positions across the United States, and some have worked internationally. In addition to clinical practice, our graduates are employed in research, administration, and education.
Class of 40 students is admitted once each year.
Program ranked 20th in the nation by US News and World Report.
Twelve months of Clinical rotation in some of the nation's top medical centers.
98% pass rate on PANCE for First-Time Takers in 2014.
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.
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.
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Admissions deadline for Fall term: August 1
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies General Requirements
A grade of C or higher is required in each course.
PA 6208 - Professional Issues for Physician Assistants
PA 6326 - Aspects of Primary Care
PA 6327 - Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
PA 6328 - Aging and Rehabilitation Medicine
PA 6329 - Healthcare Delivery
PA 6330 - Research Design
Anatomy & Physiology
PA 6200 - Anatomy and Physiology 1
PA 6201 - Anatomy and Physiology 2
Diagnosis & Evaluation
PA 6203 - Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 1
PA 6204 - Physical Diagnosis and Patient Evaluation 2
PA 6205 - Pharmacology 1
PA 6206 - Pharmacology 2
PA 6207 - Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods
PA 6311 - Principles of Medicine 1
PA 6312 - Principles of Medicine 2
PA 6313 - Principles of Medicine 3
PA 6320 - Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology
PA 6321 - Principles of Surgery
PA 6322 - Principles of Orthopedics
PA 6323 - Clinical Neurology
PA 6324 - Principles of Pediatrics
PA 6325 - Principles of Psychiatry
PA 6400 - Applied Clinical Study in Medicine
PA 6401 - Applied Clinical Study in Ambulatory Medicine
PA 6402 - Applied Clinical Study in Family Practice
PA 6403 - Applied Clinical Study in Emergency Medicine
PA 6404 - Applied Clinical Study in Women's Health
PA 6405 - Applied Clinical Study in Pediatrics
PA 6406 - Applied Clinical Study in Surgery
PA 6407 - Applied Clinical Study in Mental Health
PA 6408 - Applied Clinical Study Elective
Clinical rotations are a critical part of PA training. After successfully completing the didactic portion of the program in the first year, the subsequent 12 months are spent in clinical rotations. Rotations are assigned at a variety of medical settings. Because of Northeastern’s recognized focus on practice-oriented education and the PA Program’s longevity and reputation in the field, we can offer students a wide variety of clinical opportunities at hospitals, clinics, private practitioner’s offices, and multispecialty clinics. All students experience a broad diversity of patient populations and practice sites.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
Director of Didactic Education, Assistant Clinical Professor – Physician Assistant Program
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