Welcome to the Physician Assistant Program at Northeastern University
Established in 1971, the program has a long-standing history of, and expertise in, the education and training of physician assistants. The PA Program is located in close proximity to Boston’s major academic medical centers and was the first generalist PA training program in the nation to offer a master’s degree in 1985.
This rigorous, highly integrated curriculum provides our students with the broad generalist training that prepares them for successful employment in all fields of clinical practice. Our instructional faculty members are practicing clinicians from throughout New England and most have been teaching with the program for many years. The clinical year is designed to provide students with experience in diverse health care settings in our well-established network of clinical rotations sites.
The program is a full-time, 24-month graduate program that provides an opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Graduates of the PA program take the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) after graduation. Certification is required for initial licensure/registration in all states. The pass rates for first-time takers of the Northeastern PA Program compare very favorably with the national rates. Northeastern’s PANCE scores for the previous 6 years are at the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
Northeastern PA Program graduates are employed in positions across the United States and some have worked internationally. In addition to clinical practice, our graduates are employed in research, administration, and education.
Thank you for your interest in the Physician Assistant Program and for additional information, please continue on through our website.
Open House Information
The Bouvé College of Health Sciences Graduate School holds a fall and early spring Open House for prospective students. Please check the Bouvé Graduate School Open House web page for the 2016-2017 schedule. The 2017-2018 schedule will be posted during the summer. The department does not offer tours of the campus.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Northeastern 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 March 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.