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A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor.

PAs are educated and trained to do many of the tasks traditionally performed by physicians. Upon graduation, students are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice. After successful completion of the National PA Board Exam, PAs are certified by State Medical Boards to function as an extension of a supervising physician. PAs often work in primary care settings with family practice physicians, and they assist specialists in diverse fields such as surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, pathology, and internal medicine. PAs currently provide care to millions of Americans in all types of health care settings: offices, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.

Our 24-month program is available full-time only. Since its inception in 1991, more than 1,000 students have graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at RFU. The faculty takes pride in teaching its students to provide competent, compassionate and ethical medical care through dynamic lectures and innovative labs as well as clinical rotations both in the United States and abroad. Not only have alumni gone on to practice on healthcare teams in a wide range of medical specialties, but they have also joined the faculty of PA programs around the country and have become state and national leaders within the profession.