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Physician Assistant Department

  • Welcome to the PA Department website

    The Gannon University Physician Assistant Program is a five-year, entry-level Master's degree program.

    Our graduates become health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services, in primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings.

    Program Structure 

    "Entry level" students come into Gannon University as freshmen, complete the five year curriculum, and earn both a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree and a Master of Physician Assistant Science degree.

    • The rigorous curriculum is comprised of core/ liberal studies curriculum requirements and pre-requisites for the accredited phase.
    • Pre-requisite courses provide the strong science background necessary for academic success as an accredited phase student.
    • PA students meet with PA program faculty on a regular basis and have numerous opportunities to learn more about the program and the PA profession.

    Employment Outlook

    PA Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for PAs should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city healthcare facilities.

    Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 38% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PAs by healthcare establishments.

    Physicians and institutions are expected to employ more PAs to provide primary care and to assist with medical and surgical procedures because PAs are cost-effective and productive members of the healthcare team. Physician assistants can relieve physicians of routine duties and procedures. Healthcare providers will use more physician assistants as States continue to expand PAs’ scope of practice by allowing them to perform more procedures.

    Besides working in traditional office-based settings, PAs should find a growing number of jobs in institutional settings such as hospitals, academic medical centers, public clinics, and prisons.

    Job opportunities for PAs should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city clinics because those settings have difficulty attracting physicians. Job openings will result both from employment growth and from the need to replace physician assistants who retire or leave the occupation permanently. Opportunities will be best in states that allow PAs a wider scope of practice.


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