Aspiring physician assistants need to complete an accredited physician assistant program and pass the national certification examination to get their license to be able to practice. The following are some of the top-ranking institutions that offer the best physician assistant programs and produces the best graduates in the league of medicine.
1 – University of Iowa
The University of Iowa's physician assistant program has the highest rating among other universities offering the same program according to US News and World Report. Its graduates rank consistently among the top 5-10% on the PANCE or the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants.
2 – Duke University
Duke University is very proud to be the pioneer of this profession. The program was founded during the 1960s by Dr. Eugene A. Stead Jr., the Chairman of the Department of Medicine during that time. It takes two years to be able to complete the program. The first year curriculum consists of pre-clinical studies while the second year consists of hands-on clinical practice in primary care and other specialties.
3 – Emory University
As a partner of the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project, Emory University is one of the best universities to offer community health and leadership programs. Aside from the excellent health programs, EU is also committed to provide health care to the medically underserved.
4. George Washington University
George Washington University offers two unique programs. The first one is the PA-MSHS program that can be completed in 2 years. Graduates of this program receive a certificate and a Master of Science in Health Sciences. The other program is the PA-MPH program that can be completed in 3 years. Graduates of this program receive the same as the above mentioned program plus a Master in Public Heath.
5 – University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas
The UT Southwestern Medical Center is a medical school that is well recognized by the medical community. Their graduations have a 99% passing rate at the national certifying examination over the last five years.