Physician Assistant Studies

Cohort of PA Studies Class of 2025

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

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Isaac Smith

Physician Assistant Studies

“When it comes to rural healthcare, I think of home. I want to make it my mission, alongside the mission of the Physician Assistant program, to go out to underserved communities and provide quality care.”

Recent News


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the West Virginia University Division of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by West Virginia University. Accreditation Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2034. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at