The next time you're treated by a Marquette physician assistant, know that you're in the hands of one of the nation's best. This year's physician assistant studies class in the College of Health Sciences recently scored in the 91st percentile of more than 160 programs nationwide on the board exam. In previous years, Marquette's PA students have scored in the top 5 percent and have had a 100 percent pass rate of first-time test takers, consistently higher than the national mean. The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam assesses medical and surgical knowledge and is required to become a certified PA.
“We are extremely proud of the students’ performance,” says Mary Jo Wiemiller, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. “The intense program demands time and dedication to learn both in the classroom and in the clinical setting."
Marquette's PA training program is in high demand. Application submissions have increased again this year. The program continues to offer a postgraduate fellowship in emergency medicine, which is one of only a handful of its kind in the United States. New this year, we have also partnered with the Milwaukee Zablocki VA Medical Center to offer a post-graduate program in primary care for veterans.