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What is a Physician Assistant?

A Physician Assistant (PA) works under the supervision of a qualified physician to provide care for patients through examination, intake, assistance during surgery, set bones, provide prescriptions, and a variety of other tasks. The limits of what a physician assistant may or may not do is dictated by the state and varies as a result.

Physician assistants differ greatly from medical assistants due primarily to what functions they may perform, primarily the amount of actual treatment they may provide a given patient.  A Physician Assistant is a nationally certified, state-licensed medical professional that works on a healthcare team.   After earning their state licensure, a PA is authorized to prescribe medications for a patient in nearly every state.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$102,090

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

63.69%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

104,050

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

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About Yale University, located in Hartford, Connecticut, was founded 1701 through “An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School” which was passed by the then Colony of Connecticut to establish a means to train ministers and leaders. The school was first brought together by ten Harvard University alumni led by James Pierpont, who pooled their books in order to establish the schools library and later became known as “The Founders.”

A rift in the clergy cause former members of Harvard University, particularly its sixth president, Increase Mathers, to promote the Collegiate School (Yale University's original name) in maintaining Puritan standards. As a result the school began to receive funding for construction and expansion, particularly from businessman from Elihu Yale, after whom the school is named.

Yale University is the third oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is considered among the best universities in the nation. Yale is one of the schools that comprise the Ivy League, a term originally given to refer to the athletic conference but has come to describe a highly ranked and revered colleges and universities.
Academics Yale University offers a comprehensive undergraduate program that allows students to pursue a major area of study through the completion of general education courses along side electives and lower and upper division courses related to one's major.

Additionally, the school offers dual bachelor or minor degree programs that allow students to pursue a secondary area of study through the completion of additional courses outline by the program. The school also offers a variety of graduate programs, reaching the doctorate level, each of which has its own admissions guidelines and standards.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid Individuals applying to Yale University must submit a completed application and provide all the documentation requested, including transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. The school has a tradition of accepting academically or uniquely impressive candidates, and as such competition for available positions is very high. Individuals applying will also be interviewed, and once all materials are submitted a decision will be made. Notification will be sent out shortly thereafter, with successful applicants receiving additional information for preparation of their entry.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Individuals in need of financial assistance must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used by the school to determine aid eligibility and which programs are available. Additionally, the school maintains private scholarships given to exceptional students to cover tuition costs, as well is supported by a number of other scholarships students may apply for and which are awarded for a variety of reasons. Aid must be applied for every academic year and should be submitted in a timely fashion.

Acceptance Rate

6.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Duke University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Durham, NC, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Approximately 15,000 students are enrolled annually at Duke University. Here is a list of some of the popular programs Duke University offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
To be considered for admissions, applicants may be required to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit test scores or other school records, which are then studied by the admissions office. The most common test scores among students admitted to Duke University are in the range of 30 - 34 for the ACT exam, or 2020 - 2300 for the SAT exam. Competition for admissions among applicants is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are admitted to the school. More information regarding admissions can be found at admissions.duke.edu. Tuition is approximately $46,000 for the year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students may visit the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is estimated to be $7,400. Students at Duke University may qualify for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. The mascot for Duke University is the "Blue Devils", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Available sports offered may include the following:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division I-A)
Students who would like to learn more about Duke University can take a look at their website at http://www.duke.edu.

Acceptance Rate

7.6

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Northwestern University is a private research university located near Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. Internationally recognized for its educational excellence, Northwestern consistently ranks in among the best in the country for its undergraduate programs.

Northwestern offers a comprehensive range of academic programs that lead to certificates, diplomas, degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, and professional degrees. The acclaimed faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.

The thousands of prestigious alumni of Northwestern include government leaders, and newsmakers from science, medicine, education, law, the media and performing arts. A few of Northwestern's more well-known alumni include Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, actor David Schwimmer, and Julia Wallace, editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management consistently ranks among the top five business schools in the country. U.S. News & World Report considers the School of Law among the top 15 law schools, and the Feinberg School of Medicine in the top 20.

Northwestern's libraries are well-known for their holdings, which include millions of volumes, microforms, current periodicals and serials, and hundreds of databases and electronic journals.

History

Northwestern University was founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota). Land was secured for the university campus in 1853 on the shores of Lake Michigan. The land around the campus was developed, and the adjacent town was named Evanston in honor of John Evans, one of the University's founders. In 1855, classes at Northwestern University commenced with two faculty members and 10 students.

Academics

The academic format for Northwestern University follows the quarter format, with fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. The summer quarter is divided into three sessions of varying lengths.

Colleges and Schools

  • Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Communication
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Education and Social Policy
  • Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Graduate School
  • Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • School of Law
  • J.L. Kellogg School of Management
  • Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
  • Northwestern University in Qatar

Student Life

There is always something to do on the Northwestern University campuses, whether it is active participation in one of the many student clubs or organizations, including fraternities and sororities, or exercising during intramural and club sports. Students can explore their interest in the arts by viewing art at a campus art gallery, catching a theatre performance or a concert. The recreation and fitness facilities at Northwestern are state-of-the art, and the events that occur on campus year-round always draw a big crowd.

On campus housing is available, including graduate housing and residential colleges. Off-campus housing is also available. There are many meal plans and dining options available on and around campus.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for Northwestern University are purple and white. The mascot is the Wildcat ("Willie the Wildcat"). This mascot was chosen in 1924 after a reporter referred to Northwestern's football players as "wildcats" in an article he wrote for The Chicago Tribune.  Since that time, all athletic teams at Northwestern have been nicknamed the "Wildcats."  There is a popular cheer team at Northwestern University, as well as a "Ladycats" dance team.

The Land of Lincoln Trophy

A relatively new tradition, since 2009 the Land of Lincoln Trophy has been given annually to the winner of the Northwestern-Illinois football Game.

The bronze Land of Lincoln Trophy is modeled after Abraham Lincoln's authentic hat, and designed by Dick Locher, cartoonist and artist. The bronze trophy sits atop a wood base measuring 14 by 14 inches. The trophy idea resulted from an online vote by Northwestern and Illinois fans, who had to select a new trophy to be given to the winner of their traditional annual game.

Athletics

The Northwestern University "Wildcats" athletic teams are charter members of the Big Ten Conference, and compete in 19 varsity sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

 

Satellite Campuses

Northwestern University has three campuses:

  • Evanston Campus
  • Chicago Campus
  • Doha, Qatar Campus

Community Life

Many of the schools and colleges at Northwestern University have programs that support and benefit the community. One example is the Chicago Community Engagement Program at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Through this program, Feinberg students interested in participating in community health activities receive support, guidance and resources. Some of the community involvement opportunities include:

  • Research and service activities in Chicago
  • Feinberg student group activities
  • Career interest in Family Medicine and Primary Care
  • Special events, classes, activities, or projects
  • Global Health Initiative (GHI) travel awards in alliance with the Center for Global Health

Northwestern University encourages a dual focus on education and community service by providing strong academic support for engagement activities.

Acceptance Rate

9.05

Student to Faculty Ratio

6:1

Tufts University provides a variety of degree programs for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Medford, Massachusetts and operated as a private institution. Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled yearly at Tufts University.

Areas of study available at Tufts University include:

  • Social Sciences
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are asked to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Students may take either the SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admissions at this school. A score between 2040 to 2260 on the SAT, or 30 to 33 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. Competition for admissions among applicants is high, given that only 20% of students who applied are accepted to the school. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $47,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should use the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. On-campus housing is available for students, and generally costs around $6,800 each year. Students at Tufts University may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Tufts University "Jumbos" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Contact information, financial aid information, programs, and much more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.tufts.edu.

Acceptance Rate

14.95

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Emory University provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to assist them in their growth and development. The school is located in Atlanta, Georgia and operated as a private institution. The school's United Methodist affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's vision. Emory University has a yearly student enrollment of nearly thirteen thousand.

Students may choose from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to this school. A score within the range of 1960 to 2250 on the SAT, or 30 to 33 for the ACT is usually submitted among accepted students. Admission to this school is considered highly competitive, with only 30% of students who applied being admitted each year. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is close to $45,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better estimate their cost of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is approximately $7,700 annually. Students attending Emory University may qualify for aid which is usually scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Emory University is the "Eagles", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)

Students who wish to see more about Emory University may check out their website at http://www.emory.edu.

Acceptance Rate

15.6

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill.  One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the United States, "Carolina" ranks high for its academic quality, affordability, diversity, social engagement and international presence.

Consistently ranking among the top five or six U.S. universities for the quality of its research programs, research faculty at "Carolina" consistently attract strong funding for their work. Faculty garnered more than $800 million in research contracts and grant funding in 2010.

Many undergraduate and graduate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill receive high marks. Receiving particularly high marks are the school's city and regional planning programs, MBA, healthcare management and nursing programs, and its School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Education and School of Law.  UNC-Chapel Hill is also noted for its excellent creative arts programs, producing many great visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians and writers over the years.

History

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered the same year that George Washington was inaugurated as president (1789), and first opened its doors to students in 1795.  It was the nation's first public university, and also the only one to award degrees in the 18th century.

Academics

The UNC-Chapel Hill's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Friday Center for Continuing Education
  • General College
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Graduate School
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Government
  • School of Information & Library Science
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Summer School

Student Life

Students at Carolina can get involved in the more than 600 student groups, clubs and organizations available that focus on politics, the arts, public service, recreation, academics, research, and much more. The university magazine and online blog, Blue & White, is one of many ways for Carolina students to connect. There are also numerous journals and other media outlets available on campus to help students keep up with the news or become involved.  Many cultural events and performances are available on campus year round.  Campus recreation includes fitness classes, intramural sports and many adventure trips.

Campus housing is available, along with numerous on-campus dining options.  Student health services are available, as are academic services, and many other resources that are accessible via MyUNC.

Traditions

The mascot of Carolina's "Tar Heels" is the ram. The white ram's antlers are traditionally painted light blue to represent the university's colors of white and light blue.

Athletics

UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic program produces some of the top college athletes in the country, and the Carolina "Tar Heels" men and women's teams compete in 28 sports.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Chapel Hill is situated in the rolling, wooded hills of North Carolina.  It is located three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and equidistance from the Atlantic coast.  Chapel Hill is one of three points in The Research Triangle, an area that is noteworthy for being a top location to live, do business and conduct scientific research. The other two "points" in the "triangle" are the cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina.  The area is considered by many publications to be one of the best places to live in America.

Acceptance Rate

22.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Wake Forest University is a nonprofit private institution located in Winston Salem, NC and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Approximately seven thousand students enroll at WFU per year.

Students can choose from several areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. This school accepts approximately 40% of students applying annually. Of those students accepted, around 32% of students registered for enrollment. More information on admissions can be found at wfu.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $46,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus for a cost of $8,300 for the year. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

This school offers several athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)

For a complete list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, student services, and more, please visit the school's website at http://www.wfu.edu.

Acceptance Rate

29.6

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Case Western Reserve University provides a variety of degree programs for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Cleveland, Ohio and operated as a private institution. Approximately 9,800 students are enrolled per year at Case.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Case offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Engineering

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to Case Western Reserve University. Scores within the range of 28 - 32 on the ACT or 1830 - 2130 on the SAT are required to greatly increase the chance of admission. Roughly 50 percent of all applicant were admitted at this school, with 13 percent of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $43,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's tuition calculator to get a better idea of their costs. The price of on-campus housing is about $7,600 per year. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements.

The mascot for Case is the "Spartans", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)
  • Softball (NCAA Division III)

Contact information, academics information, areas of study, and more can be viewed on school's website at http://www.case.edu.

Acceptance Rate

27.36

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The University of Florida is located in Gainsville, Florida and is one of the three largest single campus universities in the US.  It is one of three research flagship universities within the State University System of Florida and is the most prestigious school of higher learning in the state.

The University of Florida has a 2,000 acre campus and has been recognized as a "Public Ivy" facility. It has 150 research centers and institutes and is the home of 16 colleges.

History

The Buckman Act of 1905 consolidated all Florida colleges into three institutions that were segregated by race and sex. They were:

  • The Florida Female College for white women.
  • The University of the State of Florida for white men
  • The State Normal School for Coloured Students, which accommodated African American men and women

The State University System of Florida was reorganized by the Buckman Act and allowed the system to be governed by the Florida Board of Control, which chose Gainsville for the new campus. 102 students were welcomed there on September 26, 1906.

The name of the school was changed from the University of the State of Florida to the University of Florida in 1909. In 1911, the alligator was chosen as the school's mascot.

In 1924, the Florida Legislature mandated that women over the age of 21 years and who had completed 60 semester hours could enrol at the University of Florida in programs that weren't offered at the Florida State College for Women. Lucy Goodbread-Black enrolled at the College of Agriculture in 1925. She was the first woman to attend the University of Florida.

When WWII ended, many returning military men applied to the University of Florida under the GI Bill of Rights. The University couldn't meet the demand and the Tallahassee Branch was opened on the campus of the Florida State College for Women. 954 men had enrolled by 1947. To meet the demand the Florida State College for Women reverted to co-ed status and the name changed to Florida State University.

By 1958, a medical school and Shands Hospital had been founded and African American students were allowed to enrol. Campus expansion increased dramatically at this point and continues to do so.

Many of the buildings on the campus of the University of Florida have significant historical value. The Historic District covers about 650 acres and is comprised of 19 buildings, some of which are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. Examples include:

  • Buckman Hall
  • Century Tower
  • Carlton Auditorium
  • Florida Gymnasium
  • Women's Gymnasium
  • Mallory Hall
  • Infirmary
  • The Hub
  • Plaza of the Americas

Academics

Students world-wide attend the University of Florida. Professional degree programs include but are not limited to:

  • Law
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine

The University of Florida ranks 17th in the US for the largest international student body. It ranks 2nd in the US for bachelor degrees awarded to African Americans and 3rd for Hispanic students.

The application process for the University of Florida is very competitive. The freshmen retention rate is 94%. Students who wish to apply to the University's honors program must do so after being accepted to the University. Over 100 programs are offered in the honors program. Freshmen must have a SAT score of 2070 and a GPA of 4.0 minimum.

The University of Florida is comprised of 16 colleges and over 100 educational research and service centers. It offers 200 graduate degrees and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Examples of colleges include:

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Medicine
  • Levin College of Law
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health and Human Performance
  • Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences

Student Life

At Reetz Student Union students will find the Career Resource Center, which provides services for alumni and students. These services assist in career experiences, employment opportunities and career development.

More than 15% of undergraduate students belong to a fraternity or sorority. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Alpha Gamma Ro
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Chi Omega
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Mu
  • Zeta Phi Beta

The Reserve Officer Training Corps was officially founded in 1905 and is the official training and commissioning program.

There is housing for 9200 students at the University of Florida. Privacy and cost vary.

Local Community

There is lots of green space on campus, including picnic areas, ponds, open space and a wildlife sanctuary that is comprised of 81-acres. The University owns Lake Alice and there are many recreational rivers and lakes in the area. Sports facilities are plentiful both indoors and out, including the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Plaza of the Americas and the University Golf Course.

Besides these, there are a wide range of museums, attractions, festivals, events, hiking trails, swimming, canoeing and wildlife viewing. There are also dozens of hotspots for those who enjoy a night out on the town.

Acceptance Rate

36.58

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

George Washington University (GW) is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., a short distance from the White House. Students and faculty of GW have the opportunity to work on projects alongside leaders of politics, science, law and many other disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, or attend national events and listen to world leaders speak. The commencement ceremonies for graduates are held on the National Mall.

The three major campuses of GW University are the Foggy Bottom Campus and Mount Vernon Campus in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Virginia. All the campuses offer excellent facilities, including a library system that houses more than two million volumes, and opportunities to attend professional sports events, headline entertainment, top art exhibits, and more. Off campus and distance learning is also available through online courses.

The GW alumni are internationally recognized, and include former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, former coach of the Boston Celtics, actors Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington, and more than 50 Fulbright scholars, among others.

GW University offers hundreds of options for academic majors and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can choose their major and minor from among the following academic interest areas:

  • Business & Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Health, Medicine & Nursing
  • History & Government
  • International Studies
  • Literature & Language
  • Media, Journalism & Communication
  • Professional Studies
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & Mathematics
  • Security and Public Safety
  • Social & Human Behavior
  • Visual & Performing Arts

History

The George Washington University was founded in 1821 as "Columbian College" through an Act of Congress. It was established in response to George Washington's vision of an institution in the nation's capital that would educate and prepare its future leaders. Washington died before his vision was realized, but President James Monroe and others were committed to carrying out the venture. The university opened with three faculty members and 30 students enrolled.

Now the largest university in the District of Columbia, GW is comprised of three campuses: Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in D.C., and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. GW also has several graduate education centers in the D.C. area.

Academics

The academic calendar for the George Washington University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges and Schools

  • Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Graduate School of Education & Human Development
  • School of Business
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Public Health & Health Services
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing

Student Life

There are more than 300 student clubs, groups and organizations for GW University students to get involved in. Student engagement at GW is high, and when students aren't participating in some of the many community service or leadership events or hands-on learning labs or partnerships available through local organizations, there is plenty to do to engage students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds. GW offers a world-class library, state-of-the-art facilities, and a full range of sports, arts and entertainment.

The Washington, D.C., region offers many cultural and outdoor activities as well. The campuses are all well situated in interesting neighborhoods, with easy access to all the metro area has to offer.

Traditions

There are many rich traditions at the GW University, many of them tied to the school's namesake, President George Washington.

The school colors are Blue and Buff (pale gold), and the GW fight song makes reference to these colors:

Hail to the Buff,
Hail to the Blue,
Hail to the Buff and Blue!
All our lives we'll be proud to say,
We hail from GW! (Go Big Blue!)
Oh, by George, we're happy we can say,
We're GW, here to show the way, so
Raise high the Buff!
Raise high the Blue!
Loyal to GW
You bet we're
Loyal to GW!
Fight!

Athletics

The George Washington University "Colonials" athletic teams compete in 22 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

The GW University has three major campuses: the Foggy Bottom Campus in the "Foggy Bottom neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the Mount Vernon Campus in the wooded "Foxhall" neighborhood on the former site of Mount Vernon College; and the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia - an area known for its focus on technology research.  Each campus has a distinct ambiance with integrated services and amenities.

In addition to its three major campuses, GW has education facilities throughout the region of Washington, D.C., that serve as centers for graduate professional studies programs.

Community Life

Students at all three main GW campuses enjoy great neighborhoods. The Foggy Bottom Campus is located in 18 city blocks of the "Foggy Bottom" neighborhood, known for its low-rise brick and brownstone buildings and streets lined with trees.

Students on the Mount Vernon Campus will enjoy a quieter setting on 23 acres within a wooded residential area.

Students at GW are very likely to be involved in community activities and service, contributing to hundreds of organizations from non-profits to politics. Students in the GW athletics department are active volunteers of community organizations, including motivational presentations to local high school groups, clean-up activities at local parks and facilities, assisting local youth sports, and more.

Acceptance Rate

40.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Marist College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the school offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Marist College has an annual student enrollment of about six thousand.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Services

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. This school has an admissions rate of around 34 percent of which only 31 percent chose to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $32,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and that is why students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their cost of attendance. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $8,600 annually. Marist College may offer financial aid for students that are eligible as grants and loans.

The Marist College "Red Foxes" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students should visit the Marist College website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, financial aid details, and more that is available at this school.

Acceptance Rate

49.23

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

The Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) was founded with a mission to provide underserved communities with quality health care by training health professionals who provide care with compassion and excellence. The incorporation of the college is the culmination of a decade-long struggle to bring quality education to the community in the face of racial discrimination.

Today, CDU is an icon of human rights that provides superior medical education from its Los Angeles, CA, campus. Several accredited courses are offered at CDU, including medicine and nursing.

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students of the FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) specialty MS program are eligible to earn their FNP-BC credentials after successfully clearing the examination.

CDU is considered to be a small school, with fewer than 500 students enrolled - of which less than 20% are undergraduates. Tuition as of 2012 was under $10,000 per annum, and all enrolled students were under financial aid in some form.

Student services include academic advising, writing support, peer tutoring services and more. Workshops are regularly announced and conducted to cover various skill areas such as writing, ATI strategy and test taking, etc.

There are also several clubs and organizations that students can participate in, and these allow for increased engagement between members of the student community. A program specific peer mentoring program enables students to help other students, thereby creating a strong network of student volunteers that paves the way to finding the balance between social and academic success.

Acceptance Rate

31.64

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

Baylor University, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Waco, Texas, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. The school maintains a Baptist affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 15,000 students are enrolled annually at Baylor University.

Students can select from a few areas of study, including but not limited to:

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are generally asked to submit an application, school records, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. The most common standardized test scores among students accepted to this school are in the range of 24 - 29 on the ACT, or 1660 - 1980 on the SAT exam. 40% of applicants are accepted to this school, of which 20% choose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at baylor.edu.

The cost of tuition is approximately $35,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to use the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attending this school. Housing may be available for those who wish to live on-campus for a cost of $5,200 for the year. Students attending Baylor University may be eligible for aid which is typically loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for Baylor University is the "Bears", and they participate in intercollegiate athletics through oversight by the NCAA. Available sports offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-A)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-A)

Students can visit the school's http://www.baylor.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

45.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a premier public research university, receiving one of the biggest amounts of federal funding for university research throughout the country. Over 4,000 faculty members oversee 18 schools and colleges, offering more than 250 graduate and undergraduate programs.

Contributing to the university's prominence is the UW School of Medicine, acknowledged to be the best in primary care education and medical research in the country. Faculty members are comprised by physicians from Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and numerous UW Neighborhood Clinics in the Seattle area. Since 1946, UW Medicine has constantly ranked among the country's top biomedical research facilities and has grown to accommodate a total of 30 academic departments and several graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Students at UW are entitled to many university services for healthcare, counseling, on and off campus housing, a U-PASS commuter services program, and a childcare program for student-parents. UW is also famous for its commitment to environmental stewardship, switching to the use of renewable sources of electricity within campus grounds. Several student organizations are at the helm of promoting sustainable living and advocating environmental causes such as UW Farm which oversees the local production of food and promoting organic farming inside the UW community.

Establishments within the UW campus include several galleries and exhibits such as the Burke Museum which stands as the state museum of natural history, the Henry Art Gallery featuring contemporary art, the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, and the UW Botanic Gardens. The athletic complex, on the other hand, includes the Dempsey Indoor Track, Nordstrom Tennis Center, King County Aquatics Center, Bank of America Arena, and the Husky stadiums for football, baseball, and soccer.

Acceptance Rate

51.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Stony Brook University is a public research university with its primary campus located on Long Island's North Shore in New York. Stony Brook University also comprises the Stony Brook University Medical Center, Health Sciences Center, Long Island State Veterans Home, the Stony Brook Manhattan campus, Stony Brook Southampton campus on Long Island's East End, a Research and Development Park and several business incubators.  Additionally, Stony Brook University co-manages the Brookhaven National Laboratory.

A National Merit Institution, Stony Brook University ranks in the "top 100 best national universities" according to U.S. News and World Report. Stony Brook is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's recognition award for its integration of research and education. Students at Stony Brook have access to the cutting-edge facilities of the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The school's undergraduate research and creative projects get very high marks.

Stony Brook has 70 academic departments, and offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 75 minors. It also offers more than 100 master's programs, 40 doctoral programs and more than 30 graduate certificate programs.

The Stony Brook faculty and alumni are highly acclaimed, and include more than 80 Guggenheim Fellows, more than 50 Fulbright Fellows, numerous Sloan Foundation Fellows, as well as several Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, among others. Stony Brook Faculty members have been instrumental in creating more than 1,500 inventions and 450 patents.

History

Stony Brook University was founded in 1957 as a teacher preparation college that focused on mathematics and sciences. The original campus was in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Philanthropist Ward Melville donated land near the village of Stony Brook, and the university moved to a new campus there in 1962. Now part of the State of University of New York system, the school has developed and grown significantly, realizing its goal to become one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the U.S.

The Stony Brook campus was host to many big-name musical performers during the rock and roll movement of the 1960s.

Academics

The academic calendar for Stony Brook University follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and flexible summer sessions. There is also an accelerated winter session that allows students to earn three credits in three weeks.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • The Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health Technology and Management
  • School of Journalism
  • School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Professional Development
  • School of Social Welfare

Centers of Excellence

  • The Centers for Molecular Medicine and Biology Learning Laboratories
  • The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
  • The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology
  • The Charles B. Wang Center
  • The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook
  • The Marine Sciences Research Center
  • Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
  • The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
  • Staller Center for the Arts

Student Life

There are more than 250 student clubs and organization at Stony Brook University, and the Division of Student Life fosters campus involvement and civic engagement. The many programs, activities and groups available provide academic, social, recreational, cultural and leadership development. There are more than 30 fraternities and sororities available at Stony Brook.

Student services at Stony Brook include child-care, commute services, disability support, an interfaith center, ombudsman's office, veteran affairs, and more.

Campus housing is available, with more than 30 residence halls and apartment-style buildings. A wide range of dining options is available, as well as on-campus fitness and recreation.

Traditions

The school color for Stony Brook University is red. After many different mascots through the years, in the early 1990s, the school's mascot became the sea wolf - a mythical sea creature said to bring good luck to all who might see it. Since 1994, the varsity teams have been known as the Stony Brook Seawolves. "Wolfie" is the fuzzy and friendly mascot who promotes the Seawolves at most Stony Brook athletics events.

Athletics

The Stony Brook "Seawolves" athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate men and women's sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Main Campus in the village of Stony Brook, the university has satellite campuses at:

  • Stony Brook Southampton
  • Stony Brook Manhattan

Community Life

The primary campus for Stony Brook University is located in the village of Stony Brook, New York. This residential community is 65 miles east of New York City with proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound. It is easy to reach by car, rail, ferry or air.

Set among more than 1,000 acres of woodland, the Main Campus at Stony Brook is very scenic and includes a nature preserve. It offers a six-mile bike path that encircles the campus. Nearby harbors of the North Shore of Long Island are easily accessible by bicycle. 

There are plenty of arts, culture and entertainment in this charming area, including the Stony Brook Film Festival, many theatrical, musical and dance performances, a university art gallery, craft center, and more.

Acceptance Rate

44.15

Student to Faculty Ratio

18:1

The University of South Florida is located in Tampa. It is part of the State University System of Florida and is a public research facility.

History

The University of South Florida was established in 1956, on the site of Henderson Air Field. It was not named until 1957 and students didn't attend until 1960.

Between 1957 and 1970, the University expanded quickly, due to the fact that graduate degree programs began in 1964. Today, the University of South Florida has been dubbed the Harvard of the South. It takes great pride in advancing as a research university.

Academics

The University of South Florida has eighteen colleges, institutions and schools, including:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • Honors College
  • College of Marine Sciences
  • College of Medicine
  • The Confucius Institute
  • School of Music
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Theatre and Dance
  • School of Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Campuses

The University of South Florida has three satellite campuses. They are:

  • University of South Florida, Lakeland, established in 1988. It offers more than twenty graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  • Sarasota-Manatee, established in 1975. At that time it shared a campus with New College of Florida. A new campus opened in August 2009.
  • St. Petersburg Campus, established in 1965. It is located in downtown St. Petersburg.

Student Life

13% of students that attend the University of South Florida live on campus. Most find it more cost efficient to live off campus in apartments for students. As of 2009, the University of South Florida requires that all freshmen live on campus for the first year of their education. Students who live with parents or guardians in certain counties are exempt, as are students who are 21 years old when the fall semester begins and those who are married or have dependents.

Fraternities and Sororities

The University of South Florida is comprised of a large Greek community. Fraternities and Sororities include:

  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Beta Rho
  • Teta Chi
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Lamba Theta Alpha
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Zeta Tau Alpha

There are numerous other fraternities and sororities as well.

Media

In 1961, the first student newspaper was the Campus Edition of the Tampa Times. When that newspaper became defunct, The Oracle took its place. On September 6, 1966, The Oracle was first published as a weekly. Presently it is published four times weekly. The University of South Florida also has a student radio station. WBUL is located in the Phyllis P. Marshall Center.

Athletics

The Bulls are the University of South Florida's athletic teams. They include:

  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross country
  • Sailing
  • Volleyball

The University of South Florida joined the Big East Conference in 2005. Herd of Thunder is the athletic band of the South Florida Bulls. It was founded in 1999.

Community

The University of South Florida is at the hub of the Tampa community and strives to make the area of Tampa Bay a better place to live, play and work.

For animal lovers, Busch Gardens is a paradise. Visit the Serengeti Plains, thrill to the wind blowing in your hair as you ride the roller coaster or stop by the Brewmaster's Club. Lowry Park is another must-see for animal lovers.

If you enjoy great entertainment or a night on the town, be sure to visit Channelside entertainment district. Enjoy nightclubs, a 10-screen IMAX Theatre, tasty cuisine at a wide variety of restaurants or do some shopping at the local retail stores.

Be sure to visit Ybor City, northeast of downtown. This historic district was the hub of Tampa's pre-Depression cigar trade and there are many National Historic Sits and Landmarks within its boundaries.

Other activities include golf, mini golf, bowling, swimming, bike riding, botanical gardens, museums, manatee viewing and more. No matter what your interests, you will find something to your liking in Tampa.

Acceptance Rate

47.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

22:1

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) is situated on a 132-acre area located in the city of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt has hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It also offers professional degrees. Pitt is ranks as one of the top educational institutions in the nation for its academic and research programs.

The university also offers online learning options through "Pitt Online." Students can earn a degree or certificate from Pitt's School of Education Online, School of Nursing Online, University Center for Social & Urban Research Online, and the Katz Graduate School of Business Online.

History

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as "the Pittsburgh Academy," a private school situated in a log cabin near the city's three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh became a state university in 1966.

The University of Pittsburgh, or "Pitt", has had many "firsts" throughout its history.  In 1893, William Hunter Dammond became the first African American to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh when he completed his degree in civil engineering.  Dammond went on to become a notable engineer, professor, inventor and contributor to the railroad industry.

In 1898, the first two women students ever admitted to Pitt graduated with bachelor's degrees.  They were sisters Margaret and Stella Stein, and graduated first in their class.

In 1975, Pitt embarked on its first sustainable design and construction project by installing its first campus-wide energy management system. The latest "green" designs are being implemented in Pitt's newest buildings, and the university's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation focuses on designing sustainable neighborhoods.

In 1984, Pitt surgeons performed the first double transplant operation in the world.  The surgeons were Thomas Starzl and Henry Bahnson.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer "terms."  In the summer there are three shorter terms to choose from: 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

The University of Pittsburgh has 15 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Schools and Colleges:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

University Centers:

  • International Studies (UCIS)
  • Learning Research and Development (LRDC)
  • Philosophy of Science

Student Life

The University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus offers both on and off-campus housing.  There are also many different dining options and services on campus.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) lists more than 400 student organizations and clubs available on Pitt's campus. SORC is also a resource for the many student services available to Pitt students.  One of the many activities that Pitt students can get involved in is the annual "Pitt Make a Difference Day," which offers students a chance to participate in hundreds of community service projects throughout the Pittsburgh area.

There are other volunteer opportunities available, as well as leadership and government groups to get involved in. The "Greek Life" is thriving at Pitt, with more than 39 active fraternities and sororities available.

Athletics

The Pittsburgh "Panthers" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pittsburgh campus, the University of Pittsburgh has regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

Community Life

Pitt considers the city its campus, though its large campus is a virtual city unto itself. The city's industrial past is apparent in its resourceful and vibrant culture, with many distinctive neighborhoods and affordable living options. Pittsburgh has many entertainment and cultural venues for recreation and leisure activities.  There is a world-class symphony, notable art, classic architecture, dance and musical performances, excellent restaurants and a busy nightlife.

Acceptance Rate

56.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Chapman University, located in Orange, California, was founded in 1861 as what was then known as Hesperian College. The school was established by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and since its first day of operations admitted men, women and people of color.

In 1934 the school changed its name to Chapman University to commemorate Charles Clarke Chapman, the Valencia orange magnate, due to his endowment of the school. In 1954 the school moved, taking over the former Orange Union High School campus. By 1965, Chapman began operating World Campus Afloat, a ship that allows Chapman Students to take a semester at sea, travelling to a variety of locations, participating in research and philanthropic activities. Chapman is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California.

Academics

Chapman provides undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The undergraduate programs are based in a liberal arts and sciences foundation that encourages cross discipline activity. Such activities allow for students to pursue and create their own educational opportunities in conjunction faculty and staff.

Study abroad programs, research projects, and attention to the arts are all part of the Chapman University experience. By encouraging students to pursue practical experience building opportunities, the school hopes to develop young minds and widen their field of opportunity and possibility.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals seeking admission to Chapman University must submit a completed application with the application fee, all applicable transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores and a letter of recommendation. Some programs may have additional requirements that must be fulfilled for the application process to proceed. Individuals should research their major of choice to ensure that all requirements are met. Once the application and all supplemental material are received, the admissions office will review the application and provide an answer in a timely fashion.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs. Students must determine eligibility for aid through the Student Aid Report provided by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards are based on need, and will disbursed as such. Scholarships may be awarded to students based on criterion other than need. Additional information is available through the school website and the financial aid office.

Athletics

The Chapman University Jaguars are a Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school and a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The school understands the value of maintaining active sports programs, as it helps students develop skill that will be useful in their professional careers as well as provides a distraction and morale boost for students as a whole. As a result, Chapman offers a wide variety of sports programs for both men and women.

Sports programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Track and Field (Women Only)
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf (Men Only)
  • Sailing
  • Ice Hockey (Men Only)
  • Cheerleading

Clubs and Organizations

Chapman University is home to over 90 clubs and organizations that offer students opportunities to pursue interests and meet likeminded individuals. Some clubs may promote civic activity, while others may focus on games and tournaments, while others still may choose to focus attention to specific field of study.

Students may engage in activities on and off campus, promote events, and develop programs. Clubs and organizations exist to provide social aspects to the college experience that may be lacking in dorms or classrooms and may augment the education one pursues.

Some clubs and organizations at Chapman University:

  • Anime Escape
  • Chapman on Broadway
  • Improv Inc.
  • Anyone Can Cook
  • Panther Vision

Students may also begin clubs to encourage growth in topics and fields that have not been met by other clubs or organizations. The university provides guidelines and forms online, and interested students may work together to establish a new Chapman University tradition.

Acceptance Rate

55.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited articles, Rutgers is ranked quite high among other U.S. universities. It is ranked second in mathematics education, third in Italian Language and Literature, third in Women's and Gender Studies, and fifth in Global Affairs and Atmospheric Science.

Rutgers provides degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, as well as continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers offers a variety of educational program options from elementary school students to state policymakers.  Many working professionals or busy parents can benefit from the flexibility offered by Rutgers' online courses, satellite campuses, certificate programs, professional education and lifelong learning programs.

History

Rutgers University is the nation's eighth oldest institution of higher learning and has a very rich history of innovation and leadership.  Rutgers boasts many renowned alumni that include award-winning scientists, authors, astronauts, actors, military officers, members of U.S. Congress, athletes and a vice president of the United States.

Rutgers was chartered nearly 245 years ago as Queen's College, a Dutch Reformed college created to train church clergy and also provide general education.  In 1825, Queen's College was renamed Rutgers College in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers, a hero of the revolutionary war.

Academics

At Rutgers University, students and lifelong learners can choose from diverse degree and study programs at campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.  Students can fulfill major requirements toward a degree or elect to learn about a subject of interest.  Classes are available during the days or evenings, depending on the program and location.

Rutgers University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with a fall and spring semester as well as a summer session.

Colleges / Schools

There are 27 schools and colleges on three campuses at Rutgers University, offering comprehensive degree programs at all levels as well as professional and continuing studies.

New Brunswick Campus:

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Communication and Information

School of Engineering

School of Management and Labor Relations

School of Social Work

College of Nursing

Graduate School - New Brunswick

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Graduate School of Education

Newark Campus:

Newark College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Newark

College of Nursing

Graduate School - Newark

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Criminal Justice

School of Law - Newark

School of Public Affairs and Administration

Camden Campus:

Camden College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Camden

School of Business - Camden

Graduate School - Camden

School of Law - Camden

Student Life

Rutgers University holds an annual "Fall Involvement Fair" on its Voorhees Mall where students can learn about all the clubs and activities available to them at the university.  So numerous are the student organizations and clubs at Rutgers that they are broken down into categories: academic, cultural, media/publications, performing arts, and social and political act

Students new to campus can join one of many orientation programs to learn about the university, college life and all the activities available.  There are six different student centers at Rutgers-New Brunswick, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a climbing well, roller hockey rink and sports facilities. 

Fraternities and Sororities

Greek life is a longstanding tradition at Rutgers University, where the first Greek letter fraternities, Delta Phi and Zeta Psi were founded in 1845. Fraternities at that time were considered subversive and forbidden by the faculty, so they continued as secret societies.

Today the fraternities and sororities at Rutgers are out in the open and there is a thriving Greek community with more than 70 fraternities and sororities on its campuses.

There are "traditional" fraternities and sororities as well as those that are historically African-American, Latino/a, Asian-interest and more.  Different chapters hold annual events that range from formal dances to social mixers and barbecues.

Traditions

There are many traditional school songs at Rutgers, dating back to 1873.  "The Rutgers History Lesson" provides an overview of the rich history of the university, as well as its Dutch heritage and participation in the American Revolutionary War.

The 1947 screen musical, "High Button Shoes," was set in New Brunswick, New Jersey and featured the school's song titled "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers."

"On the Banks of the Old Raritan" the Rutgers Alma Mater was created in 1847 and was first performed by the Rutgers Glee Club.

When cheering on a Rutgers athletics team, the fans in the stands will shout the traditional Rutgers cheer of "RU, rah, rah!"

Athletics

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights boast a winning football team that is the only NCAA Division I football team in the Greater New Jersey/New York area.  The football team also scores well in its academic progress.  There are many strong collegiate sports at Rutgers including women's basketball, men's baseball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and volleyball, among others.

In addition to its many varsity athletics, Rutgers offers numerous intramural sports leagues throughout the year.  More information on all Rutgers athletics can be found at Scarletknights.com.

Satellite Campuses

Rutgers University is made up of three campuses: Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden.  The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is actually made up of five campuses: Busch Campus, George H. Cook Campus, College Avenue Campus and Douglass Campus.

Community Life

The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University has ivy covered buildings and the wide, open lawns of a historical university that dates back to 1766. The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is situated in a lively urban area that has many art galleries, theatres and cafes, as well as nearby hiking trails, a golf course and the Rutgers Stadium.

There are many residential communities and living options on the Rutgers campuses.  A women-only residential hall is offered on Douglass Campus.  Other options include a science and engineering hall that also offers skills development programs.  There is a house for adult students who are either returning to college or entering college more than five years after finishing high school.

Acceptance Rate

61.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Saint Louis University provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Saint Louis, MO and operated as a private institution. The Roman Catholic affiliation of this school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Approximately eighteen thousand students are enrolled yearly at SLU.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are usually asked to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to Saint Louis University achieve an SAT score between 1078 to 1330, or an ACT composite score within the range of 25 to 30. This school has an acceptance rate of about 62 percent of which only 21 percent decided to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at slu.edu.

Tuition is approximately $37,000 per year, though it may change based on any number of circumstances. Students may visit the school's tuition calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Housing is available for students, which costs about $5,900 per year. Students enrolled at SLU may qualify for aid which is generally loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

Saint Louis University has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Athletic programs that are available include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Students may visit the Saint Louis University website to get a complete list of areas of study, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

58.28

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Temple University is a large university with more than 17 schools and colleges.  It is known as a world-class teaching and public research institution, located between New York City and Washington, D.C. Along with University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University, Temple is one of three public research universities in Pennsylvania.  Temple's research programs consistently receive top ranking in the U.S.

History

Dr. Russell Conwell founded Temple University in 1884.  Dr. Conwell was a minister, philanthropist, lawyer and writer. A public speaker known best for his "Acres of Diamonds" speech, the university's football team pays homage to Dr. Conwell by wearing diamond motifs on their uniforms.

Academics

Temple University follows the semester system, with fall, spring and summer semesters.

Temple University has more than 130 majors for undergraduates to choose from, 121 master's degrees, and 56 doctoral degrees, and seven professional degrees.

Special Programs include Graduate Study and University Studies  (A resource center for undeclared majors or those in transition between majors.)

Colleges and Schools

  • Tyler School of Art
  • Fox School of Business Management
  • School of Communications and Theater
  • Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Design
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • Beasley School of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Medicine
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality

In addition to its many colleges, schools and departments, Temple University has centers and institutes that offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage in multidisciplinary research, scholarship and service.  These centers and institutes include:

  • Institute on Aging
  • Center for Asian Health
  • The Biostatistics Research Suppport Center (BRSC)
  • Institute for Business and Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice Training Programs
  • Institute on Disabilities
  • The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
  • Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS)
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute
  • The Intergenerational Center
  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
  • Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Center for Obesity Research and Education
  • Pan-African Studies Community Education Program
  • Center for Preparedness Research, Education and Practice
  • Institute for Public Affairs
  • Institute for Schools & Society
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Center for Social Policy and Community Development
  • Center for Study of Force and Diplomacy
  • Institute for Survey Research
  • Center for Sustainable Communities

Temple University also has international sites in Tokyo, Rome and London.

Student Life

Temple University's main and Ambler campuses offer many on-campus concerts, performances, exhibits and lecture series.  The Arts Calendar provides information about events year round.  The following venues on campus offer arts and entertainment:

  • Temple Performing Arts Center
  • Contemporary Culture Collection
  • Boyer College of Music and Dance
  • Department of Film and Media Arts
  • The Liacouras Center
  • Department of Theater
  • Tyler School of Art

The city of Philadelphia offers many artistic, musical cultural and social events. Students interested in exploring the city's offerings can contact the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance or VisitPhilly.com.

The on campus residential resources at Temple University are limited due to the size of the student body.  The University is increasing its available on-campus housing, but juniors and seniors are required to live off campus.

Athletics

Temple University has many competitive intercollegiate athletics teams, and there are "Temple Owls" teams many men and women's sports including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

Temple University has a main campus Central Philadelphia, as well as the following satellite campuses:

  • Ambler (TUA)
  • Center City (TUCC)
  • Fort Washington (TUFW)
  • University Harrisburg (TUH)
  • School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Health Sciences Center (HSC)

Temple University also has international campuses in Japan and Rome, as well as Study Abroad programs around the world.

Community Life

The Office of Community Relations at Temple University support volunteerism in the community, hosts and partners with community organizations, and provides direct services to the university's neighbors.  The University's Community Education Center is home to the Office of Community Relations and is the on-campus hub for community organizations.

Acceptance Rate

60.04

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Howard University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Howard University has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1410 - 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Howard University. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were accepted at Howard University, with 31 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at howard.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $22,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $13,000 each year. Howard University may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Howard University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.howard.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

SHU is a nonprofit private institution located in Fairfield, CT and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Over 6,200 students enroll at Sacred Heart University per year. Students can choose from a few areas of study, including:

  • Education
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health And Clinical Professions
The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Roughly 60 percent of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 20 percent of those admitted choosing to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found here. Undergraduate tuition is approximately $36,000 annually, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing may be available for students that would like to live on-campus for around a cost of $10,000 annually. Financial aid may be provided to students that meet the required requirements. The SHU "Pioneers" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs offered may include:
  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AA)
To see a full list of academic programs offered, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at www.sacredheart.edu.

Acceptance Rate

63.92

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Chatham University is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and assists students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Pittsburgh, PA, which is a predominantly urban area. Over two thousand students enroll at Chatham University annually.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Psychology
  • English Language And Literature
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, standardized test scores and any requested letters of recommendations, which will then be reviewed by the school. This school has an admissions rate of 62% of which only 31% chose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at chatham.edu.

Tuition is approximately $33,000 per year, though it may vary based on different types of circumstances. Students may visit the school's tuition calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $5,400 for the year. Chatham University may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who qualify by way of scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Chatham University Cougars participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs, within the NCAA.

Students should visit the school's http://www.chatham.edu to see additional information.

Acceptance Rate

62.19

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

What Does a Physician Assistant Do?

A physician assistant is charged with providing a variety of health care services under the supervision of a licensed physician. While a physician assistant is often confused with a medical assistant, they are not the same profession. A medical assistant will check-up on patients, collect information, help draw blood, arrange lab tests, and a variety of other important yet routine tasks.

On the other hand, a physician assistant or PA will be responsible for a greater number of job responsibilities than a medical assistant in diagnostic medicine, therapeutic treatments, and preventative measures. Examples of the job duties of a PA may include the following:

  • Prescribe medication
  • Set a fractured bone, casting, suturing, and splinting
  • Complete a physical examination
  • Synthesize a patients medical history
  • Educate patients with rehabilitation and preventative care
  • Interpret lab results, electrocardiogram, and x-rays
  • Treat an illness
  • Make rounds in a hospital
  • Assist an attending physician with a surgical procedure
  • Supervise medical staff
  • Order a lab test
  • Manage inventory at clinic or hospital
  • Help develop treatment plans

How to Become a Physician Assistant

There are five essential steps in the process to become a physician assistant you will need to carefully follow. We will outline them below to help you best understand the process to becoming a licensed PA.

  1. Preparation: This step includes students earning valuable work experience in the medical field coupled with meeting the minimum academic qualifications for a PA program at an accredited college or university. Work experience requirements can be met by working in a myriad number of positions in the medical field including: Medical Assistant, RN, EMT, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, CNA, LPN, LVN, Paramedic, Lab Assistant, or other approved vocations. Academic prerequisites will vary from school to school but will generally encompass a combination of anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, and microbiology.
  2. Matriculation: Attending an accredited, state-approved Physician Assistant program is the next step in the process towards your new career. Most PA programs are 2-3 year degree tracks with instruction in a variety of science-laden classes such as pharmacology, clinical labs, medical ethics, biochemistry, and pathophysiology. Most states will require a minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical rotations at an approved long-term care facility, hospital, physicians office, acute care facility, or ambulatory care center.
  3. Certification: At the completion of your ARC-PA accredited college coursework, you will be eligible to sit for a standardized test known as the PANCE. The PANCE stands for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination which is administered by the NCCPA. After successfully passing the PANCE you will earn a PA-C or Physician Assistant-Certified title.
  4. Licensure: Prior to working in the field, you will need apply for licensure from your state of residence after earning your PA degree and successfully passing the PANCE examination. A list of state licensing boards and state laws can be found on the AAPA website.
  5. Continuing Education: In order to maintain your physician assistant certification, you will need to complete 100 hours of CME credits every two years along with a recertification every ten years known as the PANRE.

Educational Requirements for PA's

Every state requires PA’s to complete a formal training program at an accredited higher education institution.  The admission requirements for a physician assistant program will vary from school to school, yet most will require students to have at least two years of college and substantive work experience in the medical field prior to matriculation in a bachelor’s degree program or master’s degree program.  Prior work experience may include time as a Registered Nurse, EMT, Paramedic, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Certified Nurse Assistant, or LPN.

Coursework for a physician assistant will be split between liberal arts classes and core curriculum.  General education courses such as math, social sciences, English, and psychology are designed to help broaden and deepen a student’s thinking.  The next set of classes are science-rich, core PA courses designed to immerse students into the world of a PA.  Courses a typical student will take include such classes as:

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Employment Opportunities and PA Licensure

Individuals working as physician assistants will find work primarily in hospitals and clinics, though there are positions available in private practices, military and government facilities, as well as universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Physician assistants will work a varying schedules, with some individual working over 50 hours a week, and others being on call.

Licensure is required by all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Licensure requires the passing of the Physician National Certifying Examination, offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Continuing education courses are required to maintain the certification, and every 6 years physician assistants must retake the exam.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Physician assistant’s will work as a vital part of a healthcare team either under the direct supervision of an attending physician or as a full-charge care provider at a healthcare center.  A physician assistant who is the principle care provider at a medical center or nursing facility will manage the operations and staff for long periods of time or staggered with a physician.

For example, a medical clinic may be designed to have a primary care physician on-site two days a week leaving the physician assistant responsible to run the healthcare facility for the other days of the week.

Work hours will vary depending on the healthcare center’s needs and scope of job responsibilities.  Some PA’s will work a predictable 8-hour shift over a consistent block of days while others will work on-demand or have a flex schedule working longer, intermittent hours to meet the needs of the healthcare operation and patient demand.  Some PA physician assistant will often flex to the needs of the clinic or hospital.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) estimates that approximately 50% of all physician assistant jobs are in a physician’s office, 25% are hospital-based, and the balance are mixed in a variety of health care settings such as specialty care, care facilities, government agencies, and outpatient facilities.

Can a Physician Assistant Specialize?

During your college coursework, you may have the opportunity to take a number of specialized classes that will lead to a concentration in a particular area of study.  The exciting news for PA’s is the sheer number of employment opportunities that exist within healthcare and opportunity to upskill and grow your career over time.  The seven most popular areas of specialty for a PA include:

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Pediatrics
  3. Family Medicine
  4. General Surgery
  5. Community Mental Health
  6. Emergency Medicine
  7. Women’s Health
Common Job Titles for a Physician Assistant

To best prepare you for the upcoming job market, we have assembled a list of common job titles associated with physician assistants across the country.  The most popular job titles for a PA include the following:

  • Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • General Surgery Physician Assistant
  • Midlevel Provider
  • Orthopaedic Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant Certified (PAC)
  • Surgical Physician Assistant
  • Clinical Physician Assistant
  • Family Practice Physician Assistant
  • Physician Extender

States with the Highest Employment of Physician Assistants

  • New York         12,080
  • California         10,090
  • Texas                  6,650
  • Pennsylvania    5,550
  • Florida               5,290

Top Paying States for a Physician Assistant

  1. Nevada               $128,370
  2. Connecticut       $116,670
  3. North Dakota    $114,810
  4. Vermont             $114,350
  5. Washington      $113,900

Physician Assistant Salary and Career Outlook

Earning potential is well above average as the median income for a physician assistant is $101,480 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics recent report. The growth rate for a physician assistant is 30% through 2024 which is over 4 times the average rate of growth for all vocations in the United States during that same time frame adding some 28,700 jobs during this reporting period.

Job growth is further compounded by a larger population base and an aging population which will create a demand for more healthcare professionals in general. For more information, check out our Roadmap to Becoming a Physician Assistant on our blog here.

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