About Physician Assistant Studies

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Marquette University is a professional program in the Marquette University College of Health Sciences. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies combines Marquette’s Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (“care for the whole person”) with the College of Health Sciences’ Jesuit ideals of concern for the spiritual, emotional and physical development of the individual. We are dedicated to educating physician assistants for supervised practice of primary medicine in dynamic health care systems. We realize our mission through a synergistic strategy of educational goals.

Highlights of the Program

Each year, the PA program accepts 55 individuals. Students are selected from both internal applicants consisting of Marquette undergraduates and external applicants consisting of graduates and undergraduates from other universities. The exact makeup of each selected class varies from year to year. The target class makeup includes 27 +/- 5 Marquette undergraduate students. Applicants can get the most from Marquette's Jesuit experience by beginning their college studies as freshmen majoring in biomedical sciences and declaring pre-PA status. The program strives for a qualified yet diverse Physician Assistant class.

The Marquette PA program has a low attrition rate of 1.22% (2018) compared to the 2016 national average and of 4.2% (withdrawn/dismissed) and a low deceleration rate of 1.82% compared to the 2015 national average of 5.0% (decelerated) according to the PAEA.

According to our most recent survey of graduates, the Marquette PA program class of 2016 had a 100% job placement rate.

Results of the 2016 AAPA Physician Assistant Census Survey indicate that the average total income from primary employer for PAs who are not self-employed and who work full time is approximately $97,000. As of May 2013 there are greater than 93,000 certified PAs in the US. and 87.7% of those are practicing. 2014 Forbes ranked PA as #1 Best Master’s Degree For Jobs and projected employment will grow 30% by 2020.

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