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Physician Assistant Studies

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Comprehensive training for a flexible career.

The PA curriculum is designed to provide a foundation in medical sciences, followed by an in-depth study of systems-based clinical medicine. The 12-month clinical phase includes rotations in:

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Rural Medicine

Consistent with our mission, the program has a focus on population health, health disparity and rural and Appalachian health issues.


Who you are

Physician Assistants (PAs) are certified and licensed medical professionals who work as integral members of the health care team to provide patient care in a wide variety of medical specialties and settings.

They are trained in the medical model to take patient histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic studies, develop treatment plans and prescribe medication. 

The profession is extremely flexible, as PAs are able to practice in nearly every medical and surgical specialty area. PAs play a vital role in improving health by increasing access to care for patients living in rural and underserved areas.


  • $115,390
    is the median annual salary for PAs.
  • 31%
    more PA jobs projected by 2029.

What you'll do

Physician Assistants are vital to providing patient care. Some examples of daily duties include:

  • Provide preventive health care services
  • Evaluate and manage patients with acute and chronic health conditions:
    • Obtain medical history and perform physical examination
    • Order and interpret diagnostic studies
    • Diagnose illness and develop a comprehensive treatment plan including patient education and counseling and prescription of medications
  • Perform office-based procedures (e.g., suturing, injections, splinting) and assist with major procedures and surgeries
  • Conduct clinical research
  • Educate future health care professionals
A head shot photo of Courtney Amend.

Courtney Amend

Physician Assistant Studies

“WVU feels like so much more than a university; WVU is a family.”

Recent News


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the West Virginia University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by West Virginia University. 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. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) requires programs to define, publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general program information regarding the most current annual student attrition information. Please find annual student attrition data as of January 27, 2021 here.