Welcome to the Boston University School of Medicine PA Program website. Here you will find information about the profession, our curriculum, our professors, admissions, and frequently asked questions.

Our Mission

The mission of the Boston University School of Medicine PA Program is to educate physician assistants who will provide exceptional care for diverse populations of patients, including those from vulnerable communities, and to cultivate leaders. We value integrity, social justice, service, and are committed to developing a successful model for interprofessional education and clinical practice.

Students who successfully complete all academic requirements and come to embody the mission above will be conferred a Masters of Science degree at the conclusion of the program.

Program Goals

The goals of the PA Program are to prepare students intellectually and socially to:

  • Establish a therapeutic rapport with their patient, which facilitates an accurate, patient-centered interview and physical examination.
  • Order appropriate diagnostic studies, interpret the findings, formulate a differential diagnosis, and in collaboration with both the supervising physician and the patient, develop an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Be effective observers, listeners, communicators, and diagnosticians.
  • Use cultural sensitivity to maintain empathy when caring for patients.
  • Develop a trusting relationship with their supervising physician, while adhering to the concept of team-based care.
  • Identify and respond to medical emergencies.
  • Advocate for patient safety and develop quality improvement projects.
  • Practice medicine in an ethical manner.
  • Care for patients from vulnerable populations in all health care settings, including patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.
  • Identify gaps in the medical and educational literature by critical analysis and propose a novel research project to address the issues.
  • Demonstrate leadership by participation in volunteer and professional organizations.

The Program periodically evaluates where we are in meeting our goals. Our current progress is available in the 2017 Program Goal Achievements Report.

Program Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine. We have successfully completed two of the three site visits required of provisional PA program and our next site visit is slated for the spring of 2018.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class of students. 

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.