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2022 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

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538

Graduates Per Year

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$121K

Average Salary

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#272

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Somewhat Unpopular

538

91% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

32

83% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

271

Family Systems

540

272

Physician Assistant Studies

538

273

American Sign Language

532

Cost

Somewhat Expensive

$38,770

21% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

105

Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods

$38,899

106

Physician Assistant Studies

$38,770

Salary

High Salary

$48,750

26% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

74

Public Administration

$48,997

75

Physician Assistant Studies

$48,750

76

Emergency Medical Technology

$48,750

Professors

Very Bad

3.4/5

15% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

330

Physician Assistant Studies

331

Portuguese Language and Literature

Students

Not Diverse

2.9/5

19.17% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

334

Environmental Biology

335

Physician Assistant Studies

336

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SUMMARY

Going to school for Physician Assistant Studies is a valuable choice and frequently a needed first step for scholars wishing to pursue a career as a physicians assistant, a pulmonology physicians assistant, or a neurology physicians assistant. In fact, physician assistant studies is a ​unique major ranking as the 272nd most popular major. In the last year, there were 538 physician assistant studies graduates. In-state tuition for physician assistant studies at private institutions is, on average, 3.1 times more spendy than their public fellows.

With just 32 colleges offering physician assistant studies there might be a more finite list of the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other physician assistant studies undergraduates, consider looking at universities in New York which have more students admitted to physician assistant studies than any other state. More generally, the best region to get a degree in physician assistant studies is in the Mid East region with St John's University-New York, Duquesne University, and Saint Francis University best representing the region. Interestingly, our pick for the top conference to study physician assistant studies is the Northeast Conference with Wagner College representing the conference. That being said, our selection for the best college for physician assistant studies is University of Washington-Seattle Campus. You may also want to check out our list of the best colleges.

The best school does not mean it is the 'best' school for you. There are tons of factors to consider when deciding on college. Features such as campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely change one's feelings of which college to attend. Here at authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you want to know which physician assistant studies school has the top campus, the winner is St John's University-New York. If you are very interested in which school has the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through government databases, student reviews, professor reviews, and more so we can compare every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our choice for the university with the best student life for physician assistant studies is University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to find out more about Authority's top recommendations. Some of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If expense is a major factor in your decisions, you might consider avoiding Wagner College. Wagner College appears to be the most expensive university for physician assistant studies, at least regarding out of state attendance. We do have a list of the most expensive colleges that could put the cost at Wagner College into perspective. You may also be interested to know that physician assistant studies is the 106th most expensive program in the nation, with an average associated cost of $38,800. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for physician assistant studies in the nation is New York with tuition and fees at the primary three colleges Hofstra University of $46,450, Rochester Institute of Technology of $44,049, and at Wagner College of $44,049. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region for physician assistant studies is unfortunately unavailable due to missing data.

Our cheapest region for physician assistant studies is the Great Lakes region which is represented by Cleveland State University with a cost of $15,290. In better news, the most affordable college for physician assistant studies is Cleveland State University. Authority's full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $13,200 for a degree in physician assistant studies. The cost inflates dramatically to a median of $26,000 for an out-of-state public-school student. As such, you might be interested in our pick for the university representing the best value for physician assistant studies: Thomas Jefferson University. Here you will find our comprehensive list about the colleges we see as being the best value overall. Bear in mind, this discussion is based on out-of-state tuition costs. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, but we do not know where you live (and are not trying to collect that kind of data).

Earnings for physician assistant studies students vary widely, but two-years after finishing the degree students will regularly make around $121,400. There can be a lot of variation in earnings potential; top positions can bring in up to $208,500. Even straight out of university, the minimum earning positions within the physician assistant studies field make $69,700, which is an alright wage. The highest earning grads from physician assistant studies graduated from Duquesne University and if you are looking for colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of physician assistant studies ranks quite poor, being within only the 15th percentile of majors nationally. The university with the most composite diversity for physician assistant studies is St John's University-New York and here you can find our general list of the universities which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Physician Assistant Studies major is only within the 19th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 15th percentile. White students make up the largest proportion, 76%, of scholars studying physician assistant studies. Additionally, 79% of undergrads seeking a physician assistant studies degree are women.

The median rating for physician assistant studies professors is 3.4 stars, a score which is 15% worse than the average score across all majors; which is a subpar ranking. If you want to find the most popular physician assistant studies instructor nationally, consider looking up Mitchell Colton from Milwaukee School of Engineering. It may be surprising, but the top rated physician assistant studies professors from student rankings are at Milwaukee School of Engineering. If we consider information other than basic rankings we find that the school possessing the overall best instructors for physician assistant studies is University of Washington-Seattle Campus. One will find an explanation of our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest professors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for physician assistant studies is University of Washington-Seattle Campus. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we hope you understand that approaching the education process through a lens primarily built on superlatives can create issues. We hope you read our other pages on individual colleges and read a couple of Authority's insightful background articles on useful things to consider as your school search develops.

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Wagner College

#1 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Wagner College is a small private institution located in Staten Island, NY ranked 295th in the United States. It has a total of 1,860 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 70.74% acceptance rate. Wagner College offers 53 different majors and is best known for its Physician Assistant Studies, Fine and Studio Arts Management, and Biopsychology programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $47,300 per year, Wagner College is exceptionally costly. 71.28% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take home roughly $56,700 per year, which is 37% above the national median.

Staten Island, NY

www.wagner.edu

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Rating

71%

Acceptance

2,399

Students

#295

Ranking

$47,300

Tuition

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

#2 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

University of Washington-Seattle Campus is a very large public university located in Seattle, WA ranked 110th in the US. It has a total of 39,443 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.76% acceptance rate. University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 687 different majors and is best known for its Informatics, Environmental Science, and Physician Assistant Studies programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $10,370 for in-state students and $37,071 for those from out-of-state, University of Washington-Seattle Campus is quite costly. 77.21% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make more or less $57,700 per year, which is 39% greater than the national median.

Seattle, WA

www.washington.edu

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Rating

52%

Acceptance

56,315

Students

#110

Ranking

$37,071

Tuition

Duquesne University

#3 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Duquesne University is a mid-sized private university located in Pittsburgh, PA ranked 254th in the nation. It has a total of 6,503 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 75% of applicants. Duquesne University offers 191 different majors and is best known for its Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, and Web Design programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,992 per year, Duquesne University is rather expensive. 77.23% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor force. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring in more or less $58,500 per year, which is 41% greater than the national median.

Pittsburgh, PA

www.duq.edu

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Rating

74%

Acceptance

10,319

Students

#254

Ranking

$39,992

Tuition

St John's University-New York

#4 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

St John's University-New York is a very large private university located in Queens, NY ranked 47th in New York. It has a total of 18,300 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 72.34% of applicants. St John's University-New York offers 181 different majors and is best known for its Photojournalism, Physician Assistant Studies, and Mathematics Teacher Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 6th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,900 per year, St John's University-New York is rather pricey. 53.91% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn near $55,200 per year, which is 33% over the national median.

Queens, NY

www.stjohns.edu

B+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

23,679

Students

#351

Ranking

$41,900

Tuition

Springfield College

#5 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Springfield College is a small private institution located in Springfield, MA ranked 33rd in Massachusetts. It has a total of 2,187 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.06% of applicants. Springfield College offers 80 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Physical Education, and Physician Assistant Studies programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $38,770 per year, Springfield College is quite costly. 65.32% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $45,100 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Springfield, MA

www.springfield.edu/

B+

Rating

68%

Acceptance

3,297

Students

#398

Ranking

$38,770

Tuition

Thomas Jefferson University

#6 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Thomas Jefferson University is a mid-sized private medical school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 187th in the US. It has a total of 3,980 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 65.88% of applicants. Thomas Jefferson University offers 125 different majors and is best known for its Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, Interior Architecture, and Fashion Merchandising programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,680 per year, Thomas Jefferson University is rather expensive. 73.57% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in about $80,300 per year, which is 93% greater than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

www.jefferson.edu

A

Rating

66%

Acceptance

8,773

Students

#187

Ranking

$40,680

Tuition

Rochester Institute of Technology

#7 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Rochester Institute of Technology is a large private institution located in Rochester, NY ranked 190th in the US. It has a total of 15,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting close to 7 in every 10 applicants. Rochester Institute of Technology offers 201 different majors and is best known for its Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technologies, and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications programs, which are all nationally ranked 2nd. With an annual tuition of $45,244 per year, Rochester Institute of Technology is exceptionally costly. 62.58% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home near $62,400 per year, which is 50% above the national median.

Rochester, NY

www.rit.edu/

A

Rating

71%

Acceptance

18,660

Students

#190

Ranking

$45,244

Tuition

Seton Hill University

#8 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Seton Hill University is a small private liberal arts college located in Greensburg, PA ranked 64th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 3,259 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 75.7% of applicants. Seton Hill University offers 97 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Music Therapy programs (nationally ranked 4th, 8th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,306 per year, Seton Hill University is quite expensive. 55.7% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $40,200 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Greensburg, PA

www.setonhill.edu

C+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

3,787

Students

#720

Ranking

$36,306

Tuition

Hofstra University

#9 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Hofstra University is a large private university located in Hempstead, NY ranked 252nd in America. It has a total of 7,118 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 68.49% acceptance rate. Hofstra University offers 271 different majors and is best known for its Engineering Science, Physician Assistant Studies, and Sustainability Studies programs (nationally ranked 6th, 9th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,450 per year, Hofstra University is extremely pricey. 61.08% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home close to $53,100 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Hempstead, NY

www.hofstra.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

11,849

Students

#252

Ranking

$46,450

Tuition

Saint Francis University

#10 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Saint Francis University is a small private institution located in Loretto, PA ranked 81st in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,893 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.54% of applicants. Saint Francis University offers 95 different majors and is best known for its Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 9th, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,970 per year, Saint Francis University is rather expensive. 38.32% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $52,200 per year, which is 26% above the national median.

Loretto, PA

www.francis.edu

C+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

3,670

Students

#884

Ranking

$36,970

Tuition

Cleveland State University

#13 Best Colleges for Physician Assistant Studies

Cleveland State University is a large public university located in Cleveland, OH ranked 74th in Ohio. It has a total of 13,971 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 94.01% of applicants. Cleveland State University offers 175 different majors and is best known for its Educational Administration and Supervision, Business Statistics, and Physician Assistant Studies programs (nationally ranked 10th, 12th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $10,745 for in-state students and $15,290 for those from out-of-state, Cleveland State University is reasonably priced. 46.16% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $41,300 per year, which is 1% less than the national median.

Cleveland, OH

www.csuohio.edu/

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

19,039

Students

#1602

Ranking

$15,290

Tuition