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Physician Assistant Program

The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program, located on the campus of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, confers a Master of Science degree upon completion of three years of didactic and clinical education.

There are two routes of entry into this program. Most students are admitted directly into the professional program after earning a baccalaureate degree and completing the required prerequisite courses. Another route of entry is for students who have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. These students may be admitted into the articulated BA/MS program through one of our affiliated universities.

During the didactic phase of the Program, students study the basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, etc.) which provide a foundation for the clinical sciences (clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, etc.) During the clinical phase, we offer extensive training, including rotations in inpatient medicine, ambulatory care, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry, intensive care medicine, and a medical sub-specialty (cardiology, gastroenterology, HIV/AIDS, or geriatrics). During the final semester, students may choose an elective rotation from a wide variety of disciplines such as cardiology, infectious disease, dermatology, gastroenterology, and surgical subspecialties or arrange a rotation at a site of their choosing either within the US or abroad.

We believe our three-year curriculum affords the best opportunity for educating a physician assistant. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the PA National Certifying  Examination (PANCE) with scores that place them in or above the 97th percentile nationwide.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Rutgers University. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 2016. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Graduate Performance on the PANCE

The NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report, as provided by the NCCPA through its program portal.

Program Mission Statement

The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program enhances the delivery of humanistic patient care and advances the PA profession through a dynamic blend of educational programs research and service. Expertly crafted curricula and thoughtful mentorship of students develop collaborative, caring and competent health care providers.

Program Vision

The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program aspires to be recognized as a leader in education and healthcare delivery achieved through dedication to educational excellence, interprofessional collaboration, innovative practice models, and community engagement.

Program Core Values

In order to meet our Mission and achieve our Vision, the Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program emphasizes the following values: 

  • Excellence in teaching
  • Service to the community
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Academic and professional integrity
  • Adaptability and responsiveness

Program Goals

  • Provide broad-based, high-quality education to graduate PAs who are well-prepared for work in a variety of settings
  • Foster humanistic care with an emphasis on beneficence
  • Promote a culture of diversity
  • Foster the value of service to the community and the profession
  • Advance interprofessional education and practice
  • Cultivate a foundation of lifelong learning

Commitment to Diversity

The Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program is committed to the ideals of excellence in fostering an enriching learning community of students, faculty and staff from a broad spectrum of nations, cultures, and historical perspectives.  Diversity is an integral component of the human experience, and encompasses but is not limited to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, social class, national origin, gender, age, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation.  Our goal is to create a consciousness of diversity reinforced with equity and excellence through our policies and practices at the Physician Assistant Program.

Please address comments or suggestions about this website to the MSPA-Piscataway webmaster or contact us by mail or phone:

Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program
675 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 235-4445



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