Physician Assistant Program
The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program confers a Master of Science degree upon completion of three years of didactic and clinical education.
There are two routes of entry into this program. Most students are admitted directly into the professional program after earning a baccalaureate degree and completing the required prerequisite courses. Another route of entry is for students who have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. These students may be admitted into the articulated BA/MS program through one of our affiliated universities.
During the didactic phase of the Program, students study the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, etc.) which provide a foundation for the clinical sciences (clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, etc.) During the clinical phase, we offer extensive training, including rotations in inpatient medicine, ambulatory care, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry, intensive care medicine, and a medical sub-specialty (cardiology, gastroenterology, HIV/AIDS, or geriatrics). During the final semester, students may choose an elective rotation from a wide variety of disciplines such as cardiology, infectious disease, dermatology, gastroenterology, and surgical subspecialties or arrange a rotation at a site of their choosing either within the US or abroad.
We believe our three-year curriculum affords the best opportunity for educating a physician assistant. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) with scores that place them in or above the 97th percentile nationwide.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Rutgers University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Graduate Performance on the PANCE
The NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report, as provided by the NCCPA through its program portal.
Program Mission Statement
The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program enhances the delivery of humanistic patient care and advances the PA profession through a dynamic blend of educational programs, research, and service. Expertly crafted curricula and thoughtful mentorship of students develop collaborative, caring and competent healthcare providers.
The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program aspires to be recognized as a leader in education and healthcare delivery achieved through dedication to educational excellence, interprofessional collaboration, innovative practice models, and community engagement.
Program Core Values
In order to meet our Mission and achieve our Vision, the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program emphasizes the following values:
- Excellence in teaching
- Service to the community
- Inclusion and diversity
- Academic and professional integrity
- Adaptability and responsiveness
- Provide broad-based, high-quality education to graduate PAs who are well-prepared for work in a variety of settings
The Class of 2015 achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the PANCE as compared with the National First Time Taker Pass Rate of 96%. As a cohort, the 2015 students' performance exceeded the national average in all areas of the exam.
The intense curriculum includes 123 credits across three years with a full year of clinically focused basic science preparation.
For the Class of 2015, 100% of the graduates surveyed agreed that the basic science and pre-clinical curriculum adequately prepared them for their job.
Clinical rotations are offered in nine (9) disciplines: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Psychiatry, Ambulatory/Family Medicine, and a Medical Sub-specialty. In addition, students choose two (2) electives.
For the Class of 2016, 65 out of 67 clinical sites evaluated by students met or exceeded the Program’s high benchmark for providing quality instruction.
Graduates of the Program work in all types of settings including: inpatient units, emergency departments, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, community health centers, freestanding surgical centers, solo physician practices, single specialty physician practices and multi-specialty physician practices.
- Foster humanistic care with an emphasis on beneficence
Commitment to Diversity
The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program is committed to the ideals of excellence in fostering an enriching learning community of students, faculty and staff from a broad spectrum of nations, cultures, and historical perspectives. Diversity is an integral component of the human experience, and encompasses but is not limited to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, social class, national origin, gender, age, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation. Our goal is to create a consciousness of diversity reinforced with equity and excellence through our policies and practices at the Physician Assistant Program.
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Rutgers Physician Assistant Program
School of Health Professions
675 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854