The vast majority of accredited programs grant master’s degrees, and to maintain accreditation all programs must award master’s degrees by 2021. Graduates of accredited PA programs are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.

Some programs offer dual degree options such as: PA/MPH or PA/MBA

Most programs are between 18 and 36 months in length. PA programs are very intense. This is especially true for shorter programs. It may not be possible to work while in the PA program.