Physician Associate/Assistant

A physician assistant (PA) is a professional who practices medicine under a supervising physician. Their scope of practice varies by jurisdiction and healthcare setting.

In the United States, PAs are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine. A certified PA may add "C" at the end of his/her postnominal credentials. PAs are trained with the medical model and complete these qualifications in less time than a traditional medical degree. The educational model for PAs is based on the fast-tracked training of physicians during World War II. In Canada, Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) is the credential awarded upon licensure.

The occupational title originated in the United States in the 1960s; similar occupations elsewhere include clinical officers in parts of Africa and feldshers in states of the former Soviet Union.

Several other countries including Australia and New Zealand have begun developing the new role of physician assistant or physician associate to fill actual or perceived deficiencies in rural medical care.

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Matching Physician Associate/Assistant Colleges

Nova Southeastern University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $33,510 average out-state tuition; $33,510 average in-state tuition

MCPHS University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $34,700 average out-state tuition; $34,700 average in-state tuition

Touro College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $18,283 average out-state tuition; $18,283 average in-state tuition

Pace University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $46,978 average out-state tuition; $46,978 average in-state tuition

Rochester Institute of Technology

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $50,225 average out-state tuition; $50,225 average in-state tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Four or more years; Public; $38,757 average out-state tuition; $10,927 average in-state tuition

Thomas Jefferson University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $41,900 average out-state tuition; $41,900 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Physician Associate/Assistant Majors

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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Up to $30,000

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Allman Medical Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

Up to $10,000 Varies See Details
 

Allman Medical Scholarship

Miss America Pageant

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Up to $10,000

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Richard and Muriel Saunders Family Scholarship

Colorado Mesa University

$10,000 August 01, 2024 See Details
 

Richard and Muriel Saunders Family Scholarship

Colorado Mesa University

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$10,000

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August 01, 2024
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St. David’s Scholar Program - Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University

$7,500 Varies See Details
 

St. David’s Scholar Program - Huston-Tillotson University

Huston-Tillotson University

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$7,500

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Delaney Medical School Scholarship Fund

Gannon University

$38,000 Varies See Details
 

Delaney Medical School Scholarship Fund

Gannon University

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$38,000

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Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - NMC

Nebraska Methodist College

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$6,000

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Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship

Society of Army Physicians Assistants (SAPA)

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Educational Scholarship

Society of Army Physicians Assistants (SAPA)

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$6,000

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Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Partners in Healthcare

Binghamton University - State University of New York

$5,250 Varies See Details
 

Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Partners in Healthcare

Binghamton University - State University of New York

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$5,250

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Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Binghamton University/SUNY Alumni

Binghamton University - State University of New York

$5,250 Varies See Details
 

Manhattan Graduate Scholars Program for Binghamton University/SUNY Alumni

Binghamton University - State University of New York

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$5,250

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Grace Tomkins Health Care Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,100 January 31, 2025 See Details
 

Grace Tomkins Health Care Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

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$5,100

deadline

January 31, 2025
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