Physician Assistant (PA) Studies - Applicant Program
Overview of the PA Profession
“PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider...PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality” (American Academy of PAs). Along with Nurse Practitioners, PAs are advanced practice providers who participate on collaborative healthcare teams and are often responsible for patient’s primary care.
Generally awarding a master's-level degree, PA programs in the U.S. are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
The Market Demand Report and Feasibility Study conducted by the University provided extensive data related to PA career growth projections, PA program competitors, and enrollment potential.
- PA profession projected to grow 37% from 2016 to 2026.
- Conferrals of PA degrees have increased an average of 10% annually between 2012 and 2016. There were 7,682 degrees conferred nationwide in 2016.
- Ohio has 12 accredited PA programs in the state. Kettering College and University of Dayton offer PA programs in the Dayton market.
- Only four Christian universities currently offer a PA program: Trevecca Nazarene; Harding University; Bethel University (MN); California Baptist University
In the News
New Physician Assistant Program Planned for May 2022
Alumnus Jason Grahame '99 will serve as the director.
As part of the 10-year campus master plan, the two-story Callan Athletic Center expansion will house a new weight room, expanded locker rooms, and office/classroom space for a new Master of Athletic Training and Physician Assistant Program