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.

Spring 2021 Virtual Fair

Graduate Medical Sciences at BUSM is holding our Spring 2021 Virtual Graduate Fair from 11:00am to 2:00pm EST on March 9th. This Virtual Fair gives participants the opportunity to connect directly with the program directors and administrators of many of our most popular Master’s and Doctoral programs! For more details follow this link

Application alterations due to COVID-19

Due to the impact of COVID-19 in undergraduate and graduate programs across the world, we are making the following changes to the application process:

  1. We will be accepting in-person courses that have switched to remote learning courses for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 as well as Spring 2021.
  2. We will be accepting Pass/Fail coursework for Spring 2020.
  3. We are still requiring the GRE or MCAT as part of our application.

Our Mission

The mission of the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program is to provide innovative education to physician assistants who will deliver exceptional care for a diverse population of patients, including those from vulnerable communities. We value professionalism, service, and are committed to developing a successful model for inter-professional education and  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:

  1. Provide the didactic and clinical experiences that cultivate the development of competent entry level physician assistants.
  2. Support an environment of professionalism with the Program and the broader medical community.
  3. Prepare students to care for patients in vulnerable and under-served communities.
  4. Prepare students to practice medicine as an ethical member of a patient-centered, inter-disciplinary health care team.

The Program periodically evaluates where we are in meeting our goals. Our current progress is available in the 2020 BU PA Goals Achievement Report

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-boston-university/.

Student Attrition Rate

Graduated Classes
Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Maximum entering class size
(as approved by ARC-PA)
36 36 36
Entering class size 25 31 30
Graduates 23 28 28
* Attrition rate .08 .10 .07
** Graduation rate .92 .90 .93

* Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attrited from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

In the class of 2018, both attrited students returned and graduated in the class of 2019.  In the class of 2019, two attrited students returned and graduated in the class of 2020 and one student did not return.  In the class of 2020, one attrited student returned to the class of 2021 and one student did not return.

State Licensure

Students who complete the Boston University Physician Assistant Program are eligible for licensure in all 50 states, District of Columbia, and most US territories.  The complete list can be found here.