Physician Assistant Program
Announcing the new proposed Physician Assistant program
The Physician Assistant (PA) program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences equips you with the necessary education, clinical experience and insight you need to be part of one of the fastest growing careers in healthcare. Our rigorous evidence-based, patient-centered approach to education and dedication to clinical excellence prepares you to deliver safe, compassionate and equitable care to the community you serve.
USAHS confers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree to students who successfully complete the requirements of the program.
What is a PA?
According to the AAPA, PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.
PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
PAs also work with virtually every type of patient population. Their contributions are important, and appreciated—a 2014 Harris poll found that 92 percent of Americans who have encountered a PA in the course of medical treatment have a positive experience.
What is the career outlook for PAs?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the PA job market is expected to grow by 37% by 2026 from its 2016 level. The median annual salary for a PA was $104,860 in 2017, according to the same survey.
That presents a significant potential opportunity for those who are trained in this important profession. Find out how USAHS can help you pursue your passion to join this prestigious profession.
- The PA program is designed to be completed in 24 months
- Collaborate with peers and experienced faculty in the only PA program in San Diego County.
- Participate in ER trauma and emergency simulation labs.
- Requirement: 102 credit hours (didactic courses: 61 credit hours; clinical hours: 41 credit hours).
Why USAHS for your PA program?
We’re exclusively dedicated to graduate health science education.
USAHS is dedicated exclusively to preparing graduate-level healthcare professionals. You will be in small classes, learning in an interprofessional environment, and working alongside physical therapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professional students — just like you will in the real world.
Our faculty is highly experienced.
You’ll be trained by the elite in the healthcare industry. They offer decades of experience in the field and in the classroom. They are able to guide you with the most relevant, real-world knowledge in both lab and classroom settings.
We designed our program to give you the most relevant knowledge and experience. You will take part in emergency and trauma simulation labs that prepare you to start with confidence on day one. It’s the kind of experience that employers look for when hiring.
We’re a new program, providing great new opportunities.
Be part of the inaugural graduating class from the only Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Degree in San Diego County. We offer an extensive list of clinical rotation opportunities nationwide.
You’ll be able to study in a beautiful sunny campus, near world-famous beaches and enjoy great weather year round.
Progress Toward Accreditation
As of April, 2018, USAHS has the approval of its regional accreditor, WSCUC, for a PA program. Additionally, USAHS has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
USAHS anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2019, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March, 2019 ARC-PA meeting.
Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received. A decision is expected in March 2019.