Physician Assistant Program
The Department has a long and distinguished history in Physician Assistant Education.Founded in 1971, it was among the first 12 PA Programs in the nation. In the early days, graduates received a certificate upon completion; however in 1981, the program transitioned to a degree granting program and the first Bachelor of Medical Science degree was awarded.
In 1995 the option of a master's degree was established for qualified students, then the undergraduate program was phased out and starting with the Class of 2004 the program became Master's level only. Today the program combines an intense, progressive didactic curriculum (Phase I) with a thorough, wide-ranging clinical curriculum (Phase II). Faculty and staff members are dedicated to Saint Louis University, to the PA program and to the students themselves. Over the years, SLU PA students have continued to impress their preceptors and other members of the health care team with their fund of knowledge, clinical skills, dedication, compassion and patient rapport. The department has graduated nearly 1,000 physician assistants during over forty years of continuous operation. Saint Louis University's PA program has maintained full accreditation since its inception.