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PA Schools by State 2023

Physician’s assistants are what they sound like – assistant physicians. PA’s can diagnose illness and prescribe medication. Physician assistants have many of the same responsibilities as doctors; however, they work under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon.

PA programs are highly competitive and require prerequisite college coursework that is similar to premedical studies. Individuals looking to become PAs are encouraged to look into potential programs during their freshman year of undergraduate to plan out which prerequisites they will take and to look into internships or jobs in the health care field to gain experience. To become a PA, they will complete an accredited. PA program, become certified, obtain a state license, and maintain their certification by completing 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years and taking a recertification exam every 10 years.

There are five states without PA schools, including

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has been the accrediting organization for PA programs since 2001. There are currently 254 ARC-PA accredited programs in the United States.

Below is a list of these programs by state.


  • Faulkner University
  • Samford University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of South Alabama


Alaska is one of six states who have MEDEX Northwest campuses that offer PA programs sponsored by the University of Washington.

  • MEDEX Northwest of University of Washington


  • Arizona School of Health Sciences
  • Franklin Pierce University (Goodyear)
  • Midwestern University (Glendale)
  • Northern Arizona University


  • Harding University
  • University of Arkansas


  • A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (Central Coast)
  • California Baptist University
  • California State University – Monterey Bay
  • Chapman University
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Dominican University of California
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Loma Linda University
  • Marshall B. Ketchum University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Samuel Merritt University
  • Southern California University of Health Sciences
  • Stanford University
  • Touro University California
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of La Verne
  • University of South California (LA)
  • Univeristy of the Pacific
  • West Coast University - California
  • Western University of Health Sciences


  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • Rocky Vista University
  • University of Colorado


  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • Yale University Physician Associate Program
  • Yale University Physician Assistant Online Program

District of Columbia


  • AdventHealth University
  • Barry University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
  • Florida State University
  • Gannon University – Ruskin
  • Miami-Dade College
  • Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale
  • Nova Southeastern University, Fort Meyers
  • Nova Southeastern University, Jacksonville
  • Nova Southeastern University, Orlando
  • South University, Tampa
  • South University, West Palm Beach
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tampa


  • Augusta University
  • Brenau University
  • Emory University
  • Mercer University
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • South University in Savannah


Hawaii is one of of five states that have a PA program sponsored by the University of Washington. This means that the state of Hawaii has no program, but technically there is a program available within the state.

  • MEDEX Northwest of University of Washington


Idaho is one of five states with a PA program that technically does not belong to a university within the state, but rather it belongs to the University of Washington.

  • Idaho State University
  • MEDEX Northwest of University of Washington


  • Chamberlain University
  • Dominican University
  • Midwestern University (Downers Grove)
  • North Central College
  • Northwestern University
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
  • Rush University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Touro College - Illinois


  • Butler University
  • Franklin College
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University School of Health and Human Sciences Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (IUPUI)
  • Trine University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne)
  • Valparaiso University


  • Des Moines University
  • Northwestern College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa


  • Kansas State University
  • Wichita State University


  • Sullivan University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of the Cumberlands, Northern Kentucky Campus


  • Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Our Lady of the Lake College)
  • Louisiana State University – New Orleans
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport
  • Xavier University of Louisiana



  • Frostburg State University
  • Towson University CCBC – Essex
  • University of Maryland Baltimore (Anne Arundel Community College)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore


  • Bay Path University
  • Boston University School of Medicine PA Program
  • MCPHS University (Boston)
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Northeastern University
  • Springfield College
  • Tufts University
  • Westfield State University


  • Central Michigan University
  • Concordia University - Ann Arbor
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Grand Walley State University
  • Lawrence Technological
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Detroit - Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University


  • Augsburg University
  • Bethel University
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Saint Catherine University


  • Mississippi State College
  • Mississippi State Unversity - Meridian


  • Missouri State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Stephens College
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City


Montana is one of five states that has a PA program sponsored by the University of Washington. They also have a program affiliated with the state of Montana.

  • MEDEX Northwest of University of Washington
  • Rocky Mountain College


  • College of Saint Mary
  • Creighton University
  • Union College
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center


  • Touro University Nevada
  • University of Nevada, Reno

New Hampshire

  • Franklin Pierce University
  • MCPHS University (Manchester/Worchester)

New Jersey

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Elizabeth University
  • Seton Hall University

New Mexico

University of New Mexico University of St. Francis

New York

  • Albany Medical College
  • Canisius College
  • Clarkson University
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • The CUNY School of Medicine (formerly CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education)
  • CUNY York College
  • Daeman College
  • D’youville College
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Long Island University
  • Marist College
  • Mercy College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC
  • Pace University – Pleasantville
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. John’s University (formerly SVCMC)
  • Stony Brook University
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center
  • Touro College (Long Island)
  • Touro College (Manhattan)
  • Touro College (Middletown)
  • Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Wagner College
  • Yeshiva University

North Carolina

  • Campbell University
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • East Carolina University
  • Elon University
  • Gardner Webb University
  • High Point University
  • Methodist University
  • Pfeiffer University
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University (Bowman Gray)
  • Wingate University

North Dakota

  • University of North Dakota


  • Ashland University
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Kettering College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Marietta College
  • Mercy College of Ohio
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Findlay
  • University of Mount Union
  • University of Toledo


  • Northeastern State University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
  • University of Oklahoma, Tulsa


  • George Fox University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Pacific University


  • Arcadia University
  • Carlow University
  • Chatham University
  • Delaware Valley University
  • DeSales University
  • Drexel University
  • Duquesne University
  • Elizabethtoown College
  • Gannon University
  • King’s College
  • Lock Haven University
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Misericordia University
  • Penn State University
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
  • Seton Hill University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Thiel College
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Center City Campus
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Chester University

Rhode Island

  • Bryant University
  • Johnson & Wales University

South Carolina

  • Charleston Southern University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • North Greenville University
  • Presbyterian College
  • University of South Carolina, SOM

South Dakota

  • University of South Dakota


  • Bethel University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Lincoln Memorial University - Knoxville
  • Lipscomb University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Middle Tennesse State University
  • Milligan College
  • South College - Knoxville
  • South College - Nashville
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis)


  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hardin-Simmons University
  • Army Medical Center of Excellence
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • University of Mary Hardin - Baylor
  • University of North Texas HS Center Ft. Worth
  • University of Texas – HS Center at San Antonio
  • University of Texas – Medical Branch at Galveston
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Southwestern School of Health Professions
  • West Coast University - Texas


  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • University of Utah
  • Utah Valley University


  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Emory & Henry College
  • James Madison University
  • Mary Baldwin University (Murphy Demming College of Health Sciences)
  • Radford University
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Shenandoah University
  • South University, Richmond
  • University of Lynchburg


  • University of Washington

West Virginia

  • Alderson-Broaddus University
  • Marshall University
  • University of Charleston
  • West Liberty University
  • West Virginia University


  • Carroll University
  • Concordia University
  • Marquette University
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison

PA Schools by State 2023

PA Schools by State 2023

PA Schools by State 2023