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How many years does it take to become a physician assistant?

September 6, 2023

You can complete Pitt’s hybrid PA program in an average of two years

Upon completion of the program, you will take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) to assess your grasp of general medical and surgical knowledge and skills. The PANCE is administered year-round, and you may apply to take the test as early as 90 days before completion of the PAS-Hybrid program. 

Once you pass the PANCE and achieve your certification, you may pursue full licensure. Licensure requirements vary by state, and you can speak with your advisor for further guidance.