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physicians assistant programs

About the M.S. Physician Assistant

The role of physician assistants in the health system continues to grow in both value and need. Since 2011, the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute 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 the Physician Assistant Institute allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:

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

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Bridgeport. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 next institutional self-study is scheduled to be completed in June 2020, and the ARC-PA will visit the University to conduct a validation review of the program in September 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The University of Bridgeport PA Program is proud of the record of success our graduates have achieved as first –time takers of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Since 2015 our students have scored above the national average for first-time pass rates. Click here to view our NCCPA official 5-year report.

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.

SEE HOW WE ARE MEETING OUR MISSION