Eight Clinical Rotations
2,000 Clinical Placement Sites
24 Months to Complete
Year One Total Credits: 45
The order in which a student completes all of the below courses may vary. Each student must complete Summative Evaluation within the final four months of the program.
Year Two Total Credits: 37
At Pitt, we prepare the next generation of providers willing to push the envelope and adapt to industry changes. The Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program curriculum is consistent with the Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates established by the Physician Assistant Education Association. At the completion of the program, PAS-Hybrid graduates will be able to demonstrate and perform competencies in the following areas:
Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge
Gather clinical information, formulate differential diagnoses, order and interpret laboratory and imaging, perform necessary core duty procedures, and diagnose, prevent, treat and manage illness among acute, chronic, and emerging disease states.
Integrate into practice appropriate literature to make evidence-based decisions on patient care.
Society and Population Health
Integrate into practice the cultural norms, needs, influences, and socioeconomic, environmental, physiological and other population-level determinants affecting the health of the individual and community being served.
Integrate into practice the interventions that diminish health disparities involving race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location involving the individual patient and the community being served.
Integrate into practice basic principles of public health including epidemiology, disease prevention, surveillance, reporting and intervention. Provide appropriate referrals involving the public health system to ensure patient advocacy and in the maintenance of population health.
Health Literacy and Communication
Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, families, and other health care professionals.
Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership
Coordinate care to optimize the health of patients and populations.
Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care
Provide standard-of-care practice while demonstrating respect for the dignity and privacy of patients.
Incorporate a personal wellness plan to prevent impairment and burnout.
Demonstrate professional accountability.
Health Care Finance and Systems
Differentiate the types of health care systems and health insurance coverage, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Practice health care informed by an understanding of the financial implications to patients, organizations and society.
Recognize personal limitations and incorporate a quality improvement process designed to maximize patient safety, prevention of medical errors and incorporation of risk management.
Meet Our Faculty
At the University of Pittsburgh, our top-tier faculty set our programs apart. As a PAS-Hybrid student, you will learn from award-winning instructors with decades of experience as certified physician assistants. Outside of the classroom, Department of Physician Assistant Studies faculty are innovators committed to moving health care forward and passionate providers with a focus on excellence in patient care.
A Career Path That Moves Health Care Forward
Certified physician assistants are in demand, and the need for qualified care team members is expected to grow. Job openings for physician assistants are projected to grow over 30% by 2029, much faster than the average industry (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021). Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies Program who become Certified Physician Assistants can work in any of the following settings and have the flexibility to move between areas:
General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialties and Subspecialties
Hematology and Oncology
Surgical Specialties and Subspecialties
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Other Surgical Subspecialties
At Pitt, we prepare our Physician Assistant Studies graduates to push the edge of what is possible in health care and drive innovation in patient care. Below are some of the organizations that graduates of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physician Assistant Studies have gone on to work:
Akron General Hospital
Allegheny Health Network
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
University of Texas Health Science Center
VA Medical Center
Vanderbilt Medical Center