Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program

Become a patient-centered provider at the forefront of health care through the hybrid format of the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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82 Credits

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Eight Clinical Rotations

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2,000 Clinical Placement Sites

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24 Months to Complete

Program Overview

Overview

The Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program (PAS-Hybrid), delivered through the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, will equip aspiring physician assistants with the clinical experience to act and the confidence to lead health care forward. Our program pairs interactive virtual lectures with hands-on immersion opportunities and exceptional clinical placements within our network of over 2,000 health care settings across the country. Through our two-year program, you will cultivate the competencies and training you need to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) exam. As a physician assistant, you will practice medicine in collaboration with health care team members and advocate for patient health and well-being.

Individuals from health professions shortage areas, underrepresented minorities in medicine, and other minoritized communities are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program Inclusion Initiative.

Accreditation

The University of Pittsburgh PAS-Hybrid program will apply for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of Pittsburgh PA Studies Hybrid Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2022, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2022 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

In the event that the program does not achieve accreditation all students who have deposited a seat in the program will receive a full refund. The program will not accept the class until which time provisional accreditation has been granted.

Courses

Year One Total Credits: 45

Fall Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

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

Fall Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Learning Outcomes

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.

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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.

David Beck, EdD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

David Beck, EdD, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Associate Dean for Interprofessional Studies, SHRS, and Chair, Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program, and Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Wei-Neng Chuang, MS, PT

Wei-Neng Chuang, MS, PT

Instructor

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Christina Davis, MPAS, PA-C, MBA

Christina Davis, MPAS, PA-C, MBA

Assistant Professor

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Julia Dubis, MPA, PA-C

Julia Dubis, MPA, PA-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Ashley Firm, PharmD

Ashley Firm, PharmD

Director of Student and Alumni Engagement and Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Susan Graff, MS, PA-C

Susan Graff, MS, PA-C

Director of Medical Technology Education and Assistant Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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L. Carlos Gutierrez, PA-C

L. Carlos Gutierrez, PA-C

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Karthik Hariharan, PT, MS

Karthik Hariharan, PT, MS

Director of Anatomy, SHRS and Instructor

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Laura Kustaborder

Laura Kustaborder

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Alexa Llewellyn

Alexa Llewellyn

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Scott Massey, PhD, PA-C

Scott Massey, PhD, PA-C

Vice Chair for Research, Associate Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program, and Associate Professor, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Tara McSwigan, MPAS, PA-C

Tara McSwigan, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

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Kathryn Reed, MS, PA-C, EMT-P, RYT

Kathryn Reed, MS, PA-C, EMT-P, RYT

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Christine Rodgers, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

Christine Rodgers, MPAS, PA-C, MPH

Associate Director and Director of Clinical Education for the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program and Assistant Professor

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Lauren Taylor, MPAS, PA-C

Lauren Taylor, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

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Daniel Tolomeo, MS, PA-C

Daniel Tolomeo, MS, PA-C

Assistant Professor

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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:

Primary Care

Family Medicine

General Internal Medicine

General Pediatrics

Emergency Medicine

General Surgery

Pediatric Subspecialties

Public Health

Radiation Oncology

Radiology

Urgent Care

Others

Internal Medicine Specialties and Subspecialties

Cardiology

Critical Care

Endocrinology

Gastroenterology

Hematology and Oncology

Infectious Disease

Nephrology

Neurology

Pulmonology

Rheumatology

Surgical Specialties and Subspecialties

Bariatric Surgery

Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Surgery

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Neurosurgery

Oncology Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

Otolaryngology

Pediatric Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Transplant Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Urology

Vascular Surgery

Other Surgical Subspecialties

Alumni

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
Cleveland Clinic
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Mayo Clinic
MedExpress

NY Presbyterian
University of Texas Health Science Center
UPMC
VA Medical Center
Vanderbilt Medical Center

Expand your career opportunities with an advanced degree from SHRS.