Center for Physician Assistant Studies

JWU's inaugural PA class in front of the Center for Physician Assistant Studies

Demand for qualified health care professionals is growing in direct proportion to patient populations. In fact, recently listed Physician Assistant Studies as the “No. 1 Best Master's Degree For Jobs,” predicting a 20% projected employment increase and a mid-career median pay of $97,500. In addition, reports that “demand for physician assistants and nurse practitioners rose by more than 300% in the last 3 years,” according to national health care search firm Merritt Hawkins.

Learn to provide essential patient care in JWU’s developing program that awards a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS).

This year-round, 24-month program is part of our new Center for Physician Assistant Studies, situated in an 18,000 square-foot facility dedicated to the health sciences and located in Rhode Island’s medical education epicenter.

Become a Clinician and Caregiver
Patients are more than medical records and lab results. Becoming an effective clinician involves more than understanding body systems and drug interactions: It requires active listening and empathy.

Our curriculum has been designed to fully prepare you to meet the complex needs of patients — and to develop the critical thinking skills to integrate seamlessly into a patient-centered medical team.

Hone your knowledge of clinical medicine, medical science and therapeutics through evidence-based practice and peer-to-peer collaboration with other RI universities.

If you want to become a health care professional who treats the whole patient — mind, body and spirit — then we want to hear from you.

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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University.

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Interested in becoming a PA? Learn about our mission and our developing program at one of our upcoming info sessions led by program director George Bottomley. read more

Why Choose JWU for Your PA Studies?

VIDEO: Director George Bottomley talks about the unique strengths of JWU’s physician assistant program: an investment in RI’s health care economy, a dedicated facility where students can hone their clinical skills, and a humanistic approach to patient care. read more

Our State-of-the-Art Health Sciences Facility

PHOTOS: JWU’s dedicated facility for physician assistant studies has been designed to meet the complex needs of the program’s students and the increasingly sophisticated PA field.  read more