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 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 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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).