Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Studies students talking happily in a clinical lab
Master of Science

About the Program

In our rigorous, highly accredited 27-month program, you’ll gain the in-depth skills and experience you need to become a physician assistant and deliver accessible, compassionate and patient-centered care. Based in one of the country's leading medical schools, you’ll start developing your clinical experience early—in just your second semester.

What to Expect

In just 27 months, you’ll complete 102 credit hours of coursework covering case-based learning and clinical simulations. Early on, you can expect to spend half a day per week in a clinical setting to gain skills you need to engage with real patients. The vital pre-clinical clerkship serves to stimulate your confidence, enhance your emotional intelligence and lay a foundation for successively more challenging learning experiences.

You’ll take classes in the new Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, learning alongside medical, nursing and dental students who will become your partners in the health care field. Our program’s interprofessional approach to education provides valuable opportunities for collaboration and rounding out your general knowledge.

Quick Fact
Our physician assistant graduates practice in 30 different specialties; top choices are emergency medicine, hospitalist medicine and orthopedic surgery.

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Beyond the Classroom

To secure high-quality clinical experiences required to be a successful PA, you’ll need a variety of health care settings and mentors within reach. Case Western Reserve University is an ideal location for a clinician in training—surrounded by top-ranked medical centers, including Cleveland Clinic, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center.

By the Numbers


pass rate for first-time PANCE exam takers (Class of 2016-present)


medical schools for research (U.S. News & World Report)


PA graduates earning more than $100,000 within their first three years in practice


PA graduates practicing hospital in-patient care


physician assistant master's program, U.S. News & World Report

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada
  • Completion of specific prerequisite courses
  • Minimum 1000 hours of direct patient care experience in the United States

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