Physician Assistant in California

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Schools Offering Physician Assisting Programs in California


Approximately 0.0% of graduates in of California receive physician assisting degrees every year. Thus, California's 10 physician assistant schools put out approximately 362 physician assistants each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a physician assistant program is University of Southern California, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, University of Southern California graduated 43 students from its physician assistant program. University of Southern California charged in-state students $41,022 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in California that has a physician assistant program is San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia, which was ranked 77th in the country in 2010, is located in Visalia. 20 students graduated with degree in physician assistant from San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia in 2010. Students at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia paid $12,925 per year in tuition fees.

Samuel Merritt University, which is located in Oakland, is the third-ranked school in California that has a physician assistant program. It received a ranking of 77th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Samuel Merritt University graduated 32 students from its physician assistant programs. Samuel Merritt University charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at California's physician assistant schools ranges from $41,022 per year to $817 per year. But, the average tuition is $8,370 per year. In 2010, the physician assistant schools that charged the highest tuition rates in California were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  2. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia - located in Visalia, students are charged $12,925 per year
  3. Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $11,300 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California physician assistant schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Riverside Community College - located in Riverside, students are charged $817 per year
  2. Foothill College - located in Los Altos, students are charged $894 per year
  3. Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $11,300 per year

A physician assistant degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from physician assistant school in California go on to work as a physician assistant. California had 9,480 physician assistants in 2010. The California counties with the largest populations of physician assistants are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 2,530 physician assistants
  2. Alameda County - 1,460 physician assistants
  3. San Diego County - 1,070 physician assistants

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of physician assistants in California will grow by 42%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 11,500 physician assistants working in California.

Salary

On average, physician assistants earn $93,660 per year. However, California physician assistants earned anywhere in the range from as less than $40,610 per year to more than $160,950 per year in 2010. A physician assistant in the following California counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Tulare County - $105,560 per year
  2. Fresno County - $105,240 per year
  3. Santa Barbara County - $104,740 per year

The California counties with the lowest average salary for physician assistants are:

  1. Shasta County - $67,580 per year
  2. Del Norte County - $82,920 per year
  3. Riverside County - $85,320 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in physician assisting and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as dental assisting or medical assisting.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Physician Assisting in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physician Assisting in California
  • Master's Degree in Physician Assisting in California
  • Certificate in Physician Assisting in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,768 miles from location Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA n/a n/a n/a
7,943 miles from location Touro University Vallejo CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,825 miles from location University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 92.8981 33% 34,824
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,768 miles from location Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA 0.491732 n/a 4,114
7,794 miles from location Western University of Health Sciences Pomona CA 0.318299 n/a 2,663
7,950 miles from location Samuel Merritt University Oakland CA 22.6788 n/a 1,400
7,836 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia CA 23.4766 n/a 1,252
7,824 miles from location Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Los Angeles CA 18.8983 n/a 256
 

Curious what studying Physician Assistant gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Physician Assistants + 9,480 $93,660 60.1%
 

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

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