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States with physician assistant schools

How will your physician assistant education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the physician assistant education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. There are 146 traditional physician assistant schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have physician assistant programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In the US, 5,730 students graduated from physician assistant programs in 2010. Of these students, 374 received certifications in physician assisting, 835 received an undergraduate degree in physician assisting, and 4,521 received a graduate-level degree in physician assisting.


Students can pursue education in physician assisting at the following levels:

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

Physician assistant students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying physician assisting:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Written and Verbal Comprehension
  • HIPPA Rules and Regulations
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Patient Counseling


Students at physician assistant schools around the nation paid an average of $21,752 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following physician assistant schools:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $38,741

The lowest tuition was charged by the following physician assistant schools:

  1. The University of Texas-Pan American - located in Edinburg, Texas, students paid $4,561
  2. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  3. University of Florida - located in Gainesville, Florida, students paid $4,373

How will your physician assistant job compare?

A large number of physician assisting majors work as physician assistants after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 81,420 physician assistants working in the US. The states with the largest populations of physician assistants are:

  1. California - 9,480 Physician Assistants
  2. New York - 9,220 Physician Assistants
  3. Pennsylvania - 4,770 Physician Assistants

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for physician assistants to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 59%
  2. New Hampshire - 45%
  3. Indiana - 42%


On average, a physician assistant earns a salary of $79,453 per year in the US. However, factors such as your exact job description, location, or shift differentials can cause the salary for a physician assistant to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of physician assistants earn less than $21,610 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $162,930 per year. Physician assistants in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington State - $98,620 per year
  2. Wyoming - $97,890 per year
  3. Washington DC - $97,550 per year

Physician assistants in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Mississippi - $56,050 per year
  2. Pennsylvania - $67,850 per year
  3. Louisiana - $70,970 per year

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physician assisting?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Physician Assistants 81,420 $87,140 28.5%