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 2018 Program Goal Achievements Report.

Program Accreditation

At its September 2018 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2020.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).