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M.S. in Physician Assistant

Prospective students are invited to attend an informational session on Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30-8 pm. For more details and to register, please open the “Events” tab.

Physician Assistants are nationally certified medical professionals who practice on health care teams. PAs are state-licensed to provide patient care and can prescribe medications in all 50 states. At Rutgers, our program builds a strong educational foundation in sciences, including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, and pathology, in preparation for immersion into hands-on clinical experiences.

A virtual cadaver is helping Physician Assistant students deepen their understanding of anatomy and clinical medicine. The ability to undo mistakes, which can’t be done on a real cadaver, allows the PA students to explore without fear.

3 degree options:

  • Master of Science – for those already holding a bachelor degree
  • Articulated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science or Bachelor of Science/Master of Science – a 3+3 program offered in affiliation with 10 college partners
  • Master of Science/Master of Public Health Dual Degree – a 4-year, dual degree program for students already accepted to the PA program.

We are committed to to diversity through  holistic admissions process and have intensified recruitment efforts to enroll more underrepresented groups.

Learn how our program has been working to attract candidates from different racial, ethnic, sexual, and economic backgrounds. A story in Rutgers Today highlights what brings candidates from different backgrounds to Rutgers.

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  • The PA program in consistently named as a Top Graduate Program by US News & World Report, ranking 16 out of 154 schools nationwide in the most recent survey in 2015, and 7 out of 73 PA Programs in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education in 2010.
  • 98% first-time pass rate on the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) from 2013-2017, with class performance above the mean in all areas
  • Innovative curriculum delivers small group learning, simulation, medical Spanish option, and international rotation option
  • Students engage with the underserved through the HOPE (Health Outreach Patient Experience) Clinic, working side-by-side with faculty and other students providing needed primary care while participating in a service learning initiative
  • Unique PA Faculty Practice in orthopedics and neurosurgery provides students with clinical training opportunities with PA Faculty preceptors in these specialties.
  • Commitment to diversity through our holistic admissions process and with intensified recruitment efforts to enroll more underrepresented groups
  • One of few PA Programs to offer both full time and part time options.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Data on our outstanding pass rates can be found here. We are extremely proud of our class of 2019 for achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate.

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. Carefully crafted curricula and thoughtful mentorship of students develops collaborative, caring, and competent healthcare providers.


The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program aspires to be recognized as a leader in education and health care delivery, achieved through dedication to educational excellence, interprofessional collaboration, innovative practice models, and community engagement.

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
  1. Provide broad-based, high-quality education to graduate PAs who are well-prepared for work in a variety of settings
  • The intense curriculum includes 122 credits across three years, with a full year of clinically-focused basic science preparation.
  • Clinical rotations are offered in nine 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 electives.
  • 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.
  • The Class of 2017 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 2017 student performance exceeded the national average in all areas of the exam.
  1. Foster humanistic care with an emphasis on beneficence.
  • The Program includes a threaded humanities curriculum, including opportunities for self-reflection throughout the entire three years.
  • For the Class of 2017, 95% of the graduates surveyed agreed that the program prepared them well to practice humanistic care with an emphasis on beneficence.
  • Clinical sites are now evaluated by students on the ability to develop skills in providing humanistic care.
  1. Promote a culture of diversity
  • The student body includes a diverse mix of individuals from across the country representing various ethnic and racial groups. The following  indicates the percentages of people of color:
    • Class of 2017: 33%
    • Class of 2018: 29%
    • Class of 2019: 38%
    • Class of 2020: 45%
    • Class of 2021: 47%
  • The Program continues to focus recruitment efforts on identifying applicants from underrepresented groups.
  1. Foster the value of service to the community and the profession
  • Students are required to participate in a wide range of community service activities and many surpass the minimum requirements.
  • Program faculty have a long history of serving the profession in various capacities on the local, state, and national level
  1. Advance interprofessional education and practice
  • Students participate in several IPE events hosted by the PA Program and other schools within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Students have rated these experiences as highly valuable.
  • Students participate in interprofessional education and practice at a local clinic beginning in the first year of the Program.
  1. Cultivate a foundation of lifelong learning
  • Introduction to Scientific Inquiry, Applied Clinical Research, and evidence based medicine requirements prepare students for evaluating the medical literature.
  • The PA Program Research Day highlights the work performed by students and provides an opportunity for dissemination of their scholarly work.

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 University Physician Assistant Program (PA)

Rolling admissions up to Sept. 1.

Admission to the PA program is extremely competitive, with over 1,400 applications for 50 seats. Our admissions committee thoroughly reviews each application and chooses the most competitive applicants for an interview.

There are two routes into the Physician Assistant program:

  • Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation and who have completed pre-requisite courses are admitted directly into the Master’s program.
  • Students who have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree may be admitted into the Master’s program if already matriculated in one of our articulated undergraduate institutions (3+3 Programs).
Application Process:
  • The CASPA application for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle will be available starting on April 26th, 2019:
  • Applications must be complete and verified by CASPA by September 1st, 2019. As per the CASPA website, it is suggested that applicants complete their application in CASPA 6-8 weeks prior to the program’s deadline to ensure that they meet the September 1st deadline.  Please use the CASPA Quick Start Guide for more information regarding complete versus verified applications.
  • A complete application includes three letters of recommendation, all supporting materials (including all post-secondary transcripts), and a $25 supplemental fee. Once the application is marked complete by CASPA, it must be verified by CASPA prior to the application being sent to the PA Program for review.  The program does not make exceptions for applications completed, but not verified by the deadline; applicants are encouraged to submit their application based on CASPA’s guidelines.
    • Our office will close on Monday, September 2nd in observation of Labor Day. We will resume operations on Tuesday, September 3rd. Please
      contact the office before Friday, August 30th with any application-related questions.
  • The Rutgers University PA Program practices rolling admissions.  Therefore, preference is given to applicants who apply early.  The program does not fill all seats in the class until all qualified applicants are considered.
  • GPA requirements: Applicants must have an overall and science (including math) GPA of at least 3.2 (on a scale where 4.0 equals A.).
  • Applicants with a science (including math) and/or overall GPA of less than 3.2 should submit a letter of explanation in the designated upload area of the CASPA portal surrounding the circumstances of their academic performance if they want to be considered for further review. This is an opportunity to provide the Admissions Committee with additional information about their candidacy.

Prerequisite Coursework:

Please take note of our prerequisite requirements, as they have changed from previous years.

If prerequisite courses were completed with a grade of  “C” or better, the applicant is not required to retake courses.  If the applicant has not taken any coursework within the previous 10 years, refresher courses, specifically in the biological sciences, are recommended.

Course Prerequisites for the 2019-20 Admissions Cycle:

  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Statistics (Preferably Applied Statistics or Biostatistics from the Psychology, Biology or Math Depts.) (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy (3-4 credits)*
  • Physiology (3-4 credits)*
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
  • Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Additional upper level biology coursework (6-8 credits)

*Combined Anatomy and Physiology courses are acceptable provided the total amount of credits is 6-8.

It is preferable that applicants complete all the required prerequisites prior to applying to the program; however, applicants with incomplete prerequisites may apply. Applicants with outstanding prerequisites must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the program.

Please click here  for more information on our prerequisite requirements.

If any of the prerequisite courses have been satisfied by taking a CLEP exam, the scores should be submitted directly to the PA Program. The CLEP Designated Institution Code is 2145.


A well written, grammatically correct essay is expected.  The personal narrative is the applicant’s opportunity to share background information that is not readily evident in other sections of the CASPA application.  Individuals are encouraged to discuss any of the following that might apply:

  • Motivation to become a PA
  • Unique life experiences
  • Success in overcoming adversity
  • Leadership roles
  • Positive attributes they bring to the PA program and ultimately the PA profession

Letters of Recommendation:

Three Recommendation Forms must be completed through CASPA. (link is needed) Applicants should seek recommendations from individuals who are thoroughly familiar with their academic ability, their work ethic and professionalism, and their general characteristics.  Examples may be an instructor, a previous employer or volunteer supervisor, a community leader, etc.  Many of our more highly competitive applicants have recommendations by healthcare providers such as physicians and PAs.

Patient Contact Experience:

Patient contact experience is required. The program has not established a minimum number of hours of health care experience, but the most competitive applicants will be able to document experience working directly with patients. Examples of the types of experiences that are recommended include, but are not limited to, medical assistants, nursing assistants/aides, nurses, EMTs, patient care technicians, physical therapy assistants, and hospice volunteers.

PA Shadowing

it is important that applicants spend time with PAs to ensure a sufficient understanding of the PA role in the delivery of healthcare. Therefore, applicants to the PA Program must be able to demonstrate familiarity with the PA profession through direct experience, which is best done through shadowing.

There are no minimum-hour requirements for healthcare experience, patient care experience, PA shadowing, or volunteer work. The objective of accruing hours is not necessarily to obtain specific skills, but rather to ensure the applicant has had adequate exposure to healthcare, patients, and the role of the PA. When the Admissions Committee considers volunteer work, we seek applicants who have shown consistent commitment to serving the community. To get an idea of the number of hours accrued by the most competitive applicants, please refer to the FAQ section to view the data from one of our recent matriculated classes.

International Students:

Applicants who received their degrees outside of the U.S. are required to take the TOEFL exam, unless they have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a country where English is the official language and English is the applicant’s primary language.

If an applicant has an Associate’s degree from the U.S., TOEFL scores are required. The Program requires a minimum total score of 100 and a minimum speaking score of 26 on the web-based test. TOEFL scores should be submitted directly to CASPA. The TOEFL Designated Institution Code is 3709.

Please contact the Program if you are unsure if you are required to submit TOEFL scores.

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency and submitted to Rutgers University PA Program in support of your application. Two recommended agencies are: World Education Services, Inc. and International Education Evaluations, Inc.

Screening Committee Considerations

When initially screening applications, the committee looks for evidence of:

  • Ability to handle a rigorous science course load (previous coursework and GPA)
  • Prior healthcare experience
  • Familiarity with the PA profession (PA shadowing)
  • A commitment to community service


Diversity and inclusion are key foundational elements of the Rutgers School of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program. In our goal to enhance the student body, we define diversity broadly. Diversity may include, but is not limited to, gender, ethnicity, race, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, or other personal or professional characteristics that are underrepresented in our Physician Assistant Program and the PA profession.

In order to meet the needs of our diverse patient population, there is special emphasis on the recruitment of:

  • traditionally underrepresented minorities in medicine and health professions
  • those who speak a foreign language (especially Spanish)
  • applicants who come from economically and/or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • veterans of the US Military

Acknowledging that diversity is a fluid and evolving concept, we will continually strive to be inclusive of individuals and groups in the broadest possible manner.


Applicant interviews are conducted from June through December. The interview will serve to identify qualities such as:

  • communication skills and general interpersonal skills
  • maturity and motivation
  • understanding of the PA role and how it fits into the applicant’s career goals

Once the interview process is complete and the class is selected, some applicants may be offered a place on our waiting list.

In addition the the criteria listed in the Admissions for those with a Baccalaureate Degree (above), applicants must also complete the criteria below for the MS/MPH. The program allows students to complete both their graduate Physician Assistant studies and Master of Public Health degree in four years (including summers).

  • Admission is limited to students who have already been accepted to the Physician Assistant program and have taken the GRE.
  • Students accepted into this dual-degree track would attend the Physician Assistant program part-time for two years, while attending the MPH program part-time.
  • Students may begin this program in the summer prior to beginning the Physician Assistant program or in the first fall semester.
  • During the third and fourth years, students attend the Physician Assistant program full-time and complete their fieldwork for the MS and MPH. Students may study in one of the following divisions in the School of Public Health: Health Education and Behavioral Science; Epidemiology; or Health Systems and Policy.
  • In addition to applying to CASPA, you must also apply to the School of Public Health through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)

Undergraduates in partner schools have an opportunity to enter the PA Program prior to earning a Bachelor’s degree. Designed as “3+3” program, the first three years are spent as an undergraduate at a partner school, and the last three years are spent in graduate school in the PA Program. Use the Complete 3+3 Application and Letter of Recommendation form to apply. Follow the instructions on the Complete Application and apply by June 1st of each year.

Admissions information

  • Students may apply in April of their second undergraduate year
  • Competitive applicants will be invited for interviews. The interview will determine the applicant’s emotional and intellectual maturity, ability to communicate, and potential to achieve career satisfaction.
  • Applications must be received by June 1, and final notices of acceptance will be made by August 1.
  • Acceptance will be guaranteed at the end of the third year if the applicant maintains a 3.2 GPA, is successful in the interview process, and meets all requirements for the undergraduate degree before the beginning of the fourth year (first professional year).

Program partners:

Rutgers University (SAS-NB)
Rutgers Health Professions Office 
Jersey Institute of Technology
Montclair State University
Saint Peter’s University
Caldwell University
Felician University*
Kean University*
Ramapo College of New Jersey**
William Paterson University*

* These partnerships are effective through the 2020-2021 application cycle. Those who will complete their sophomore year in Spring 2020 can
apply to this application cycle, which will open on April 1st, 2020 and close on June 1st, 2020. Please contact your partner school to determine if
you are eligible to apply to the 3+3 program.
** This partnership is effective through the 2021-2022 application cycle. Please contact your partner school to determine if you are eligible to apply
to the 3+3 program.

A fantastic and thorough program that will make you feel as though you completed med school, and then some. Supportive and approachable faculty make the school feel like family. I highly recommend the Rutgers PA Program. ”

Paul Hogue, Class of 2013: 

Every hospital where I completed a clinical rotation had a unique specialty for which it was nationally/world renowned –  from learning burn care at the state’s designated burn center, to being in the same OR as world famous cardiothoracic surgeons.”

Carla Pardee, Class of 2016: 

Tuesday, October 15th – Information Session – Register now to attend and to park.
Learn more about our program and meet faculty, staff, and students. Check-in will begin at 5:30PM in the Great Hall of the RWJMS Research Tower (675 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway).

Please fill out the form below and be sure to register for parking. (You may park in Lots A, B, & C on the day of the Information Session starting at 3:30PM. Failure to register for parking may result in a parking citation. If you have any questions regarding parking for this event, please contact:

We believe our 33-month didactic and clinical curriculum prepares students to be highly functioning physician assistants. The first three semesters of the program focus on basic science and clinical science courses, such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics and pathology, while the final three semesters provide students with extensive clinical experiences in areas such as ambulatory care, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency care and medical sub-specialties.

Elective rotations in the final semester allows students to choose from a wide variety of disciplines such as cardiology, infectious disease, dermatology, or gastroenterology.

Students are closely supervised by licensed physicians, PAs, and other health care providers.  Classes are during the day on the Busch campus in Piscataway. The majority of clinical rotations take place in New Jersey and New York.

Curriculum for M.S. Physician Assistant

Curriculum for part-Time M.S. Physician Assistant

Curriculum for MSPA and Masters in Public Health


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We schedule two Information Sessions per year and we participate in the PAEA Virtual Fair.  We highly encourage prospective students to attend one of these sessions.  We will post the dates of our events on our website as soon as we determine them.  We provide campus tours to applicants during the interview session.

We ask prospective applicants to thoroughly review the program website and the FAQs, which will answer most of the commonly asked questions. If you still have specific questions after the website review, you may call the program 732 235-4445 and make an appointment to speak to a member of the faculty prior to applying to the program.

We receives well over 1,500 applications each year for our class of 50 students.  We interview about 300 applicants per year.

Application Process

All components of the application including CASPA application, letters of recommendation, supplemental application, and all associated fees must be submitted by Sept. 1 of the year prior to enrollment. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

If you are a 3+3 student at one of our affiliated undergraduate programs and have taken the SAT/ACT, you are required to submit the scores with your application.  If you are applying to the program with a Bachelor’s degree (most common route of entry), you do not  need to submit SAT/ACT scores.

The PA program does not require GREs. However, if GRE scores are reported in the CASPA application, the Admissions Committee will consider them in their holistic evaluation of the application.

If you are applying to joint Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) option, GRE scores are required for the Public Health application.  Scores must be submitted with your MPH application to the Rutgers University School of Public Health.

Anyone is welcome to apply to the PA Program. The application process and required coursework within the program is the same for all applicants, regardless of prior academic or work experience. There is no advanced standing for foreign medical graduates.

Applicants with a science and/or overall GPA of less than 3.2 should submit a letter of explanation in the designated upload area of the CASPA portal surrounding the circumstances of their academic performance if they want to be considered for further review.

If your GPA is just above our minimum GPA requirement, then we encourage but do not require you to share the circumstances that surround your academic history.  This is an opportunity to provide the Admissions Committee with additional information about your candidacy.

Students from other programs are welcome to apply but are required to follow the admissions process in the same way as all other students.

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. Students must provide documentation of courses taken to ensure equivalency to the courses that the Rutgers PA Program provides.  We do not consider these requests until after the applicant has received an admissions offer.

No.  While many of the applicants are New Jersey residents, we seek the most competitive applicants from throughout the United States.

Yes, applicants can use AP credit to fulfill a prerequisite requirement if they received credit from their undergraduate institution for their AP exams.

Preparation for Applying to PA School

There is no one “thing.” We practice holistic admissions, which means that we look at all aspects of the application that demonstrate that the applicant is well-rounded.  We do our best to consider an applicant’s capability to thrive academically.  In addition, we assess how his/her background and professional goals align with our program’s mission and core values.  The most competitive applicants have a high GPA, strong science background, quality patient care experience, and evidence of serving their community, ideally in a leadership capacity.

We accept applicants with varied backgrounds and experiences, provided they demonstrate strong science course work and meet our other requirements.  We have students who enrolled in the program directly from their undergraduate studies but we also have students who are on their second and even third career.

Yes, we consider every applicant who meets our minimum requirements.  When reviewing the academic preparation section of the application, the Admissions Committee considers the number and rigor of science courses the applicant took and the grades the applicant earned in those courses.

While enrolled in the PA Program, matriculated students take a minimum of 18 credits of graduate level science each semester. Therefore, the most competitive applicants have an academic history of achieving high grades while taking several upper level classes at the same time. The Admissions Committee suggests that prospective students take more than one science class at a time to prepare for the academic rigor of the program.

Yes. But our most competitive applicants have taken most/all of their science coursework at an accredited 4-year university.

We accept the grade of a C.  While retaking the course will improve your GPA, what you demonstrate is that you can achieve a high grade by taking the course twice. Another option is to take other upper level science courses and perform well to show the admissions committee that you can achieve a good grade in upper level science courses on the first try.

There are no minimum-hour requirements for these categories. The objective of accruing hours is not necessarily to obtain specific skills, but rather to ensure the applicant has had adequate exposure to healthcare, patients, and the role of the PA. When the Admissions Committee considers volunteer work, we seek applicants who have shown consistent commitment to serving the community.

To get an idea of the number of hours accrued by the most competitive applicants, please view the table below for data of a recent class of matriculated students. Note that the quantity of hours is evaluated with the quality of hours, and that these components are just part of the application which undergoes a holistic evaluation process.

Class of 2020

Health Related Experience Patient Care Experience Shadowing Experience Volunteer
Minimum 54 40 8 8
Maximum 12,928 4,170 2,480 5,520
Median 576 972 93.5 306

The program requires patient care hours to ensure that the applicant is familiar with what it is like to care for patients.  The Admissions Committee considers direct hands-on experience to be more desirable; for example, an EMT is more hands-on exposure than a transport volunteer.

It depends on the tasks that the scribe performed.  The Admissions Committee would not consider scribing to be direct patient care if the scribe is simply transcribing the history that another provider elicited.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to fully explain their role for each health care experience so that the Admissions Committee can make an informed assessment.

It is important that applicants demonstrate an understanding of the PA role. This can be accomplished either by working alongside a PA in a clinical setting or via shadowing. Ideally, shadowing of PAs in various specialties would provide the applicant with a breadth of experiences. The Admissions Committee also considers the applicant’s background in relation to the PAs that he/she shadows.  For example, if the applicant’s patient care hours are as a physical therapy aide, he/she would be a stronger applicant if he/she shadowed a PA who works in a field other than orthopedics.

One of the core values of the Rutgers PA Program is selflessly giving back to the community.  The most competitive applicants are those who demonstrate consistent involvement within their community, not only for their own accumulation of medical experience, but rather for the good of their community.  Volunteering after disaster relief, tutoring special needs children, assisting in a house of worship, having a leadership role in a sorority, organizing a fundraiser for battered women, and donating time at a homeless shelter or a food bank are all examples of serving the community.

Declined Applicants

We wish that we could take every qualified applicant but unfortunately, with only 50 seats and 1,500 applications, we cannot accept everyone who meets our requirements.  Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Complete our Applicant Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Link here
  • Review the GPA, patient care, PA shadowing, and volunteerism information about our accepted class (in Preparing to Apply section above).
  • To improve your GPA, consider taking upper level science courses, preferably at a 4-year university.
  • Consider the quantity, quality, and variation of your hands-on patient care experience.
  • Consider doing more to serve your community if you have limited non-medical volunteerism.
  • Consider applying to more PA programs for the next admissions cycle to increase your chance of being accepted to one.
  • If you choose to reapply to our program for the next admissions cycle:
    • Reflect on the Applicant Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
    • Update your application including your essay, new letters of recommendation, etc.
    • Make it clear to the Admissions Committee what you have done to improve your application from the prior year.
    • Review our website again. We reserve the right to change our admissions criteria from year to year.

Financial Aid and Tuition

Please click here.  Please note: Students pay for a maximum of 18 credits/semester.

Program and Curriculum

The class size is 50.

It is important for our applicants to understand that the Rutgers PA Program does not spread out a typical 24-27 month PA curriculum over 33 months.  We have a very rigorous curriculum. Our program offers extensive basic science coursework over the first year, which we believe prepares our graduates well for clinical practice. Other reasons for a robust 33-month program include longer rotations for some specialties and vacation time during both the didactic and clinical phases.

Most classes are for only physician assistant students, provided by doctorally-prepared scientists and clinical experts (physicians, PAs, etc.) in their medical specialty. In addition, students participate in interprofessional education groups including medical students, and students from nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health professions.

Students do not complete a thesis. They are required to prepare an evidence-based medical literature review on a topic of interest.

Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in order to graduate from the Program.

Due to the demanding nature of the program, we strongly discourage full-time students from maintaining employment.

Students can attend the program on a part-time basis for the first two years, and then they must become full-time students for the following two years.  Students can work while they are enrolled in the program part-time, however, it is important to note that classes are offered during typical work-day hours and schedules vary from semester to semester.

Student Resources

Our program offers academic tutoring, cognitive skills instruction, and confidential behavioral health counseling at no cost to the student.  Upon the start of the program, we match first-year students with second-year students, who serve as peer mentors.

Please click here to learn more about campus housing.  We send incoming students a housing questionnaire and redistribute the information that we receive from the questionnaire to our students, so that they can network and find housing together if they are interested in doing so.

Other Policies and Procedures

Yes, participation is required in many off-campus activities. In addition, many of our clinical sites are not accessible by public transportation. All students must have reliable personal transportation.

Students who are interested in applying for resident status can find the policy and application here.

The Physician Assistant Program is located at 675 Hoes Lane West, 6th Floor, Piscataway NJ 08854 and can be reached by phone at (732) 235-4445.

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To learn more, email Matthew McQuillan, program director.