Becoming a Physician Assistant: Careers

The job market for your services as a physician assistant is exceptional, with an increase in demand expected in the future. You will be qualified to work in many areas of health care, including

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Obstetrics/gynecology
  • Occupational medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Pediatrics/neonatal intensive care
  • Urology/nephrology
  • Other specialty practice areas

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, physician assistants also may be needed to supplement medical staffing in inpatient teaching hospital settings as the number of hours resident physicians are permitted to work is reduced, encouraging hospitals to use PAs to supply some resident physician services. Additionally, the field is ranked among the top five careers for satisfaction and flexibility.

Rewarding Futures

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies program earn competitive salaries immediately following graduation. According to a survey conducted by the University's Career Services Division, the department’s alumni from the Class of 2007 earned salaries ranging from $65,000 to more than $100,000 upon graduating.


After graduation, you will need to seek National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification by taking the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam).

You will then be required to obtain a license to practice as a physician assistant. Requirements and procedures vary from state to state, but graduation from an accredited PA program and passage of the national certifying examination are two consistent requirements.

After passing the PANCE, you will be issued an NCCPA certificate, entitling you the use of the PA-Certified (PA-C) designation until expiration. To maintain PA-C certification and retain the right to use the designation beyond the date of certificate expiration, you will follow a two-pronged process, involving submission of certification maintenance materials including documentation of continuing medical education (CME) and successful completion of a recertification exam.

Accreditation Provisional Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of the Sciences.  

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.