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:

  1. Interact with patients in a professional manner:
    • Establish a therapeutic rapport with the patient to facilitate an accurate patient-centered interview and physical examination.
    • Counsel and educate patients in a patient-centered manner, using the principles of informed consent and patient autonomy, taking into consideration patient’s unique healthcare beliefs.
    • Care for patients from vulnerable populations with compassion, empathy and respect in all health care settings with consideration for social determinants of health.
  2. Apply evidence-based medicine to patient care:
    • Order and perform appropriate diagnostic studies and therapeutic interventions.
    • Formulate a differential diagnosis, interpret results of diagnostic studies, and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
    • Apply knowledge of study design and statistical methods to the appraisal of scientific literature for use in clinical practice and the development of a novel research proposal.
  3. Participate within team-based medicine:
    • Practice medicine as an ethical member of a patient-centered inter-disciplinary health care team.
    • Develop professional relationships with the supervising physician and other members of the health care team.
    • Communicate patient information confidentially and effectively in both oral and written form to other health care providers.
  4. Become well-rounded, self-aware clinicians:
    • Advocate for quality patient care, patient safety, and participate in quality improvement projects.
    • Participate in volunteer and professional organizations through opportunities for leadership and service.
    • Demonstrate professionalism within the medical community.

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).