Best Physician Assistant Programs Comparison


A physician assistant or associate (PA) is a healthcare professional who is licensed to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. Physician assistants are concerned with preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the direction of a physician or surgeon. Physician assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery.(read more at wiki) Here we introduce best colleges in the field of physician assistant where Duke University is ranked top and University of Iowa is positioned on second place.

We briefly compare those top colleges with various factors such as tuition, admission, graduation, enrolment, and more. The full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at physician assistant colleges comparison page.

General Comparison

First, we compare the best physician assistant schools with general characteristics.
Table. Best Physician Assistant College Overview
RankNameLocationTypePopulation
1 Duke University Durham, North Carolina Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 15,386
2 University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Public, Four or more years 30,129
2 University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Public, Four or more years 32,388
4 Emory University Atlanta, Georgia Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 14,236
4 George Washington University Washington, District of Columbia Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 25,653
6 Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas Private not-for-profit, Four or more years 1,525
6 Oregon Health & Science University Portland, Oregon Public, Four or more years 2,849
8 , Un-Known State , 0
8 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, Texas Public, Four or more years 2,424
8 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, Washington Public, Four or more years 43,485

Admission and Acceptance Ratio Comparison

In this paragraph, we compare admission considerations between the best schools including applications fees, acceptance ratio, and application requirements.
Table. Best Physician Assistant College Admission Comparison
Open AdmissionApplication FeeAcceptance Ratio
Duke University No $ 75 14.0%
(13.9%/14.0%)
University of Iowa No $ 40 78.4%
(74.1%/82.3%)
University of Utah No $ 45 82.6%
(79.8%/85.7%)
Emory University No $ 50 26.7%
(26.5%/26.8%)
George Washington University No $ 75 33.0%
(34.0%/32.3%)
Baylor College of Medicine No $ 0 -
(-/-)
Oregon Health & Science University No $ 120 -
(-/-)
No $ 0 -
(-/-)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center No $ 10 -
(-/-)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus No $ 60 58.4%
(55.5%/60.9%)

Tuition Costs Comparison

Next, we compare the tuition and other costs at best Physician Assistant colleges. Tuition is an amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. In-state tuition rate applies to students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements and out-of-tuition rate is for students who do not meet the ins-state residency requirements.

Table. Best Physician Assistant Schools Tuition Comparison
UndergraduateGraduate
In-StateOut-Of-StateIn-StateOut-Of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFeesTuitionFees
Duke University $ 42,308$ 1,315$ 42,308$ 1,315 $ 42,805$ 762$ 42,805$ 762
University of Iowa $ 6,678$ 1,379$ 24,900$ 1,379 $ 7,900$ 1,413$ 24,064$ 1,413
University of Utah $ 6,201$ 938$ 21,704$ 938 $ 5,418$ 863$ 19,126$ 863
Emory University $ 42,400$ 580$ 42,400$ 580 $ 35,800$ 3,114$ 35,800$ 3,114
George Washington University $ 43,660$ 45$ 43,660$ 45 $ 24,120$ 27$ 24,120$ 27
Baylor College of Medicine ---- $ 13,925$ 6,500$ 13,925$ 6,500
Oregon Health & Science University $ 11,556$ 5,599$ 21,168$ 5,599 $ 19,062$ 6,190$ 21,195$ 6,190
---- ----
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center $ 5,397$ 1,220$ 19,537$ 1,220 $ 4,152$ 1,125$ 14,490$ 1,125
University of Washington-Seattle Campus $ 11,305$ 1,078$ 28,860$ 1,078 $ 13,280$ 1,078$ 25,690$ 1,078

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans Comparison

This page contains comparison data on the number of full-time, first-time undergraduate students and all undergraduate students who receive different types of student financial aid, including grants and loans, from different sources at each best Physician Assistant school.

Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. First-time student is a student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. For full-time and first-time students, the financial aid reports include federal grants, Pell grants, other federal grants, state/local grants, grants from the institution, federal and non-federal student loans.
Table. Best Physician Assistant Schools - Full-Time, First-Time Undergraduate Student Financial Aids Comparison Table
Grants or ScholarshipStudent Loan
Number ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage AmountNumber ReceivingPercent ReceivingAverage Amount
Duke University 97557%$ 33,191 50229%$ 4,878
University of Iowa 2,83864%$ 7,741 2,20550%$ 5,442
University of Utah 1,50052%$ 7,266 79028%$ 7,549
Emory University 1,00556%$ 29,534 69639%$ 6,792
George Washington University 1,44165%$ 25,705 99445%$ 7,448
00%$ 0 00%$ 0
Oregon Health & Science University 00%$ 0 00%$ 0
00%$ 0 00%$ 0
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 00%$ 0 00%$ 0
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 2,03136%$ 14,178 1,79732%$ 5,527

Enrollment Comparison

This paragraph compares the number of students enrolled in best Physician Assistantschools. Next table counts total students headcount by school level and attendance status. Undergraduate full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. For graduate students, it includes students enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution.

Undergraduate part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. For graduate schools, students enrolled for less than 9 semester or quarter credits are included in this table.
Table. Best Physician Assistant Schools Enrollment Comparison by School Level/Attendance Status
UndergraduateGraduate
TotalFull-timePart-time Full-timePart-time
Duke University 15,3866,63124 8,293438
University of Iowa 30,12919,6392,360 4,9333,197
University of Utah 32,38817,5187,322 5,7451,803
Emory University 14,2367,56789 5,4941,086
George Washington University 25,6539,758706 7,6337,556
Baylor College of Medicine 1,52500 1,5250
Oregon Health & Science University 2,849141684 1,354670
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 2,424330 1,774617
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 43,48526,2283,247 10,9493,061

Graduation Rates Comparison

Next, we compare the graduation rate between best Physician Assistant schools. The graduation Rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusions. For example, 6 years rate is applied for 4 year schools. For detail information of your desired school, follow links on the school name.

Next table shows the graduation rate by gender. the numbers in parenthesis means completers over total cohort.
Table. Best Physician Assistant Schools Graduation Rates By Gender
AverageMenWomen
Duke University 94.53%
(1,591 / 1,683)
94.71%
(805 / 850)
94.36%
(786 / 833)
University of Iowa 69.81%
(2,971 / 4,256)
69.95%
(1,369 / 1,957)
69.68%
(1,602 / 2,299)
University of Utah 58.66%
(1,195 / 2,037)
58.51%
(509 / 870)
58.78%
(686 / 1,167)
Emory University 89.26%
(1,471 / 1,648)
89.72%
(637 / 710)
88.91%
(834 / 938)
George Washington University 79.63%
(1,943 / 2,440)
77.01%
(841 / 1,092)
81.75%
(1,102 / 1,348)
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 80.81%
(4,270 / 5,284)
79.55%
(1,976 / 2,484)
81.93%
(2,294 / 2,800)

Student To Fauclty Ratio Comparison

Student-to-faculty ratio is defined as total students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is applicable only to institutions with undergraduate students. Next two tables compare the student-to-faculty ratio between best schools. For detail information of each school, follow the link on the school name. The ratio is calculated by dividing total number of students by total numbers of faculty. (for example, the ratio is 11.9 % for 131 students and 11 faculty members)
Table. Student to Faculty Ratio
20092010201120122013
Duke University 10.0%12.5% 12.5%14.3% 14.3%
University of Iowa 6.3%6.7% 6.3%6.3% 6.3%
University of Utah 7.7%6.7% 6.7%7.1% 7.7%
Emory University 14.3%14.3% 14.3%14.3% 12.5%
George Washington University 7.1%7.7% 7.7%7.1% 7.7%
Baylor College of Medicine -- -- -
Oregon Health & Science University 100.0%12.5% 14.3%14.3% 14.3%
-- -- -
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 20.0%33.3% 33.3%25.0% 25.0%
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 5.9%9.1% 8.3%7.7% 6.7%
Once again, we note that the full comparison for each factors with tables and charts is described at physician assistant colleges comparison page.

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