The role of physician assistants in the health system continues to grow both in value and need. Since 2011, the University of Bridgeport’s Physician Assistant Institute (PAI) has offered the Physician Assistant (M.S.) degree program in order to address this demand by providing a preventative approach to medicine.

Pursuing your degree at UB’s Physician Assistant Institute allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Curriculum that emphasizes community service and global health
  • Small class sizes that allow you to work closely with our diverse faculty
  • On-site cadaver lab
  • Integrative medicine approach
  • 28-month schedule and January start date

University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute is to develop clinicians with: dedication to patients; commitment to life-long education; respect for the profession; a global perspective on health care; volunteerism as a professional core value and an integrative approach to practice for the benefit of all patients.

This mission to educate the physician assistant is reflected in our motto: Adiuvare, Mederi, Communiter; TO HELP, TO HEAL, TOGETHER.
—Adopted by the Physician Assistant Faculty – December 17, 2009 (reviewed and reaffirmed: August 21, 2018).

Dedication to patients
The UB PAI curriculum contains a number of courses aimed specifically at listening to, speaking with, counseling and respecting patients. These include:

  • MSPA 551 History & Physical Exam I
  • MSPA 552 History & Physical Exam II
  • MSPA 574 Global Health & Preventive Medicine
  • MSPA 534 Correlative Medicine I
  • MSPA 542 Correlative Medicine II
  • MSPA 556 Patient Education, Nutrition & Counseling
  • MSPA 574 Medical Ethics & Professional Practice

Commitment to lifelong learning and education

Each year, the program hosts a gala dinner dance, during which time the Bruce Fichandler Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate leadership ability, commitment to their field, extracurricular activities, community service and professional awareness. Alumni contribute to this scholarship and gather at this event.

The PAI is in the final stages of initiating a joint degree with the UB Acupuncture Institute. Graduates of the PAI will be able to transfer some credits in the quest to earn a degree in acupuncture, in an evening and weekend program at UB.

Respect for the profession

Each year, UB PAI students travel to Rockefeller Center in Manhattan on PA Day, representing the UB PAI on the “Today Show” to raise awareness of the profession. UB students are active in ConnAPA and with the PA foundation.

In 2018, one student, Marissa Weeks, won the prestigious Physician Assistant Education Association Student Health Policy Fellowship, the culmination of which will be an education project on PA Policy for fellow students in the program.

Global perspective on health care and volunteerism

MSPA 575 Global Health and Preventive Medicine introduces students to the principle of difference in determining health, disease prevention and treatment strategies internationally.

For five years, the Physician Assistant Institute has sent groups of 12 to 16 students to participate in an educational experience in Quetzaltenango Guatemala. This on-going relationship with one community has allowed the program to build opportunities for direct aid, screening and support to an international underserved community.


UB PAI has a number of annual service opportunities in which students participate. The Mercy Learning Center, a center for largely immigrant residents of Bridgeport to learn basic literacy and other life skills, is walking distance from the campus. UB PAI students provide preventive medicine education as well as conduct drives for food and household items throughout the year.

Students participate in an annual Kidney Foundation Walk, as well as a walk for breast screening awareness. Mikey’s Walk raises money for pediatric cancer. Students also participate in material aid projects for homeless veterans

Integrative approach to practice

MSPA 565 Integrative Medicine & Practice exposes students to many complementary and alternative treatment modalities.

Faculty from the UB Fones School of Dental Hygiene provide education on the impact of dental health on patient outcomes.

Students have the opportunity to use the university-run UB Clinics for acupuncture, chiropractic, dental hygiene, and naturopathic medical care at a minimal cost.



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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th floor
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us to learn more about how you can become part of UB’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, tour our state-of-the-art Nursing Skills & Simulation Lab and beautiful seaside campus, and meet our esteemed School of Nursing dean and faculty members!

Acupuncture Institute Information Session @ UB Health Science Center, 3rd Floor
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us on campus for an inside look into our Acupuncture Institute!

Programs represented will include: M.S. Acupuncture, M.S. Traditional Chinese Medicine, M.S. Chinese Herbology, and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prospective students are invited to come to campus for an admissions presentation about the Acupuncture Institute programs and admissions process.  There will be a tour of the on-campus Acupuncture Clinic and the opportunity for you to stay and observe a class! 
Register online.

Homecoming Weekend 2018 @ University of Bridgeport
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm

Join us October 5-7, 2018 for Homecoming Weekend – UB’s annual gathering of alumni, students, families, faculty, staff, and friends!  Tickets are $25 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday, and free for UB faculty/staff, current UB students, and kids under 13.

Saturday registration includes a free tee-shirt, continental breakfast, picnic lunch, two free drink tickets, and entry into most events. Sunday registration includes a free tee-shirt, buffet breakfast, and entry into events.

Visit for more information, including a discounted room rate at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, and to register for the weekend. Come to campus and celebrate your Purple Knight Pride during the #GreatestHomecomingonEarth!


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th floor
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us to learn more about how you can become part of UB’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program, tour our state-of-the-art Nursing Skills & Simulation Lab and beautiful seaside campus, and meet our esteemed School of Nursing dean and faculty members!

Chiropractic Fall Symposium @ University of Bridgeport Arnold Bernhard Center
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

John Stites, D.C., DACBR, DACO
Presents “Skeletal Imaging and Evaluation”

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Arnold Bernhard Center at the University of Bridgeport
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

9:00am    Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00am CEUs
1:00pm   Lunch
2:00pm   CEUs
5:00pm   Cocktail Reception

Individual (non-alumni): $199
UB Alumni: $99









About Dr. Stites

Dr. Stites is Professor and Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He also provides care for underserved populations in a Community Health Care center alongside medical physicians and dentists. A 1979 Palmer graduate, he has been on faculty since 1983 and holds Diplomates in both Radiology and Orthopedics. He has served the profession through terms as editor-in-chief for Topic in Radiology and Ad

vance Imaging, editorial board member for the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Topics in Integrative Health, and peer reviews for scholarly journals including Spine, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. He received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association, where he has served as chair and program chair, and currently sits on the Governing Council. He also sits on advisory councils for the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as for managed care organizations. In 2018 he was named Academician of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association.

For the past ten years he has participated in the renowned workshop in Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBCP) at McMaster University, an intensive 5-day program for all health care providers interested in using or teaching EBCP. For the past five years he has served as faculty for the workshop. He has developed and presented multiple programs on EBCP including workshops geared toward educators and foundational seminars for clinicians.



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