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    May 19, 2024  
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Physician Assistant

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Professional Tasks and Working Environment

The physician assistant, working with physicians and other health professionals, performs many clinical functions that enable the physician to devote more time to duties requiring his/her particular knowledge and skills. The physician assistant performs duties based on guidelines established by the state granting licensure. In most settings the physician assistant obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, orders and interprets laboratory results and other information and assesses and treats common illnesses, including writing prescriptions. Disease prevention and health promotion, counseling, and patient education are other important services provided by the physician assistant. Successful completion of the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants is required to practice as a physician assistant in Georgia.

Skills and Interests Suited to a Career as a Physician Assistant

Physician assistants need the ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in handling emergencies, an orientation toward service, and ability to think critically. A solid background in math and science is helpful as well. Due to the fast pace of our program, previous medical experience is strongly encouraged.

Employment and Career Opportunities

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of health care industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PAs by health care establishments.  A certified physician assistant may work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices or educational facilities.

Salary Information

 National physician assistant mean salary for 2013 was $107,268. Statistics from Advance for NPs & PAs.

About the Program

Established in 1972, the Georgia Regents University Physician Assistant Program offers a comprehensive education that allows graduates to become employed in many specialty areas. Our program emphasizes classroom and clinical practical experience, with heaviest emphasis on clinical work with patients. Upon completion of our program, students earn a master’s degree in physician assistant.

Technical Standards

In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit to review these requirements.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and other assistance is available. GRU participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. GRU helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.


Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
John E. McCarty, Executive Director
12000 Findley Road, Suite 240
Johns Creek, GA 30097

General Admissions Criteria

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Masters of Physician Assistant Degree Prerequisites Requirements

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tution and fees, please see the Financial Information  section of this catalog.

Masters of Physician Assistant Program Curriculum

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

Total Hours for the Degree: 122


* These courses are clinical rotations. These rotations will occur throughout the final 3 semesters in no particular order for each student.