Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Number of Physician Assistant Programs Increases

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Number of Physician Assistant Programs Increases

Article excerpt

There are now 59 accredited physician assistant (PA) programs in the United States and through the Armed Forces, and approximately a dozen more are expected to receive national accreditation within the next 2 to 3 years. About 30 colleges and universities are in various stages of studying or starting additional PA programs.

A major reason for the elevated interest in starting new programs is that demand for PAs greatly exceeds supply. In 1993, there were approximately six job offers for every PA graduate, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) projects that the number of PA jobs will grow faster than the national average for all professions.

DoL has predicted a 36-percent increase in PA jobs from 1992 through 2005, compared with a projected 22-percent national employment growth. Likewise, the number of applicants to get into the existing PA programs exceeds the number of openings. Program directors reported in 1992 that there were from 6 to 10 applications for every seat.

The latest program to be accredited is the Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program in North Miami Beach, Florida. Accredited PA programs are located in 28 States plus the District of Columbia. One-half of the programs expected to receive accreditation in the near future are located in six States without existing accredited programs. …

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