Educational Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the PA Program emphasizes the practice of evidence-based, patient-centered care within an interprofessional team. Our integrated curriculum focuses on epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment of medical and psychological conditions, as well as wellness and disease prevention.  We have developed an innovative training model that provides opportunities for team-based learning and practice with a wide variety of healthcare students and providers. The competencies of the BU PA graduate (Program Goals) and the educational objectives of the program are derived from the accreditation Standards of the ARC-PA, the Competencies of the Physician Assistant Profession, and our clinical practice experiences.

Our Program fosters independent student learning, ethical conduct, educational responsibility and professionalism. The faculty of the PA Program and of the Boston University School of Medicine are devoted to cultivating lifelong learning skills in their students.

Curriculum Overview

The Boston University School of Medicine PA program is a 107 credit-hour professional degree program that spans over the course of 28 months.  The program is divided in to two academic phases: Didactic and Clinical.  The didactic phase, which begins in March of each year is 12 months in length and is divided in to three semesters.  The clinical phase is 16 months in length and is comprised of 14 clinical clerkships and two months dedicated to thesis preparation.

Consistent with BU financial aid policies, all PA students must successfully complete their degree requirements within 42 months of matriculation in order to be eligible for their diploma.  All students are required to complete the entire program on a full time basis, in sequential fashion.

The official graduation date for Boston University is September 25.  This is the date that appears on diplomas for PA Program students, and complete official transcripts will not be available until after September 25.

Curricular Outcomes

In order to reflect that educational milestones have been met by the students, our first time pass rates for the PANCE exam using the official NCCPA score report is published as the scores become available.

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