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Physician Assistant Medicine Program

Physician assistants (PA) are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who work on health care teams with physicians and other providers. The PA profession has been named by top media outlets, including Forbes and USA Today, as one of the most promising jobs in America. 

The University of Tampa’s graduate-level physician assistant program leads to a Master of Physician Assistant Medicine degree. The program follows the traditional medical model of training, providing in-depth analysis of disease processes, diagnosis and treatment. Students engage in full-time study for seven semesters, earning their degree in 27 months.


Program Highlights

  • Located in the beautiful Tampa Bay area, known for its beaches, arts and music scene, museums, sports, business communities and year-round outdoor activities.
  • Faculty are experienced and clinically active, and have earned doctoral degrees in areas such as health education and research, organizational leadership and interprofessional collaborative practice.  
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio allows for personalized attention and mentoring.
  • Curriculum includes hands-on human cadaver dissection, with additional virtual dissection and advanced radiology training using high-tech Anatomage table and SynDaver cadaver.
  • First-year clinical experience provided through unique service-learning project.
  • 100 percent of clinical rotations are located within the Tampa Bay area.
  • New 30,000-square-foot PA facility, opening in Fall 2018, includes a simulation center with both high fidelity simulators and standardized patients.

Topics of Study

  • Human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, genetics and molecular biology
  • Patient health assessment and physical examination
  • Diagnostics including radiology, laboratory medicine, ultrasound and EKG
  • Applied patient care in multiple body systems
  • Population and preventive medicine
  • Community medicine
  • Specialty medicine including emergency, pediatric, geriatric, intensive care, military and disaster training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2011 to 2014 the demand for PAs increased more than 300 percent, and employment is projected to grow an additional 30 percent by 2024 — much faster than the average for all other professions. The median annual wage reported by the BLS is $101,480.

  • 10

    Medical Rooms

    for health assessment.
  • 4


    including two simulation labs, an anatomy lab and a procedure lab.
  • 4

    Group Spaces

    dedicated for problem-solving.
  • 2

    Large Classrooms

    and multiple study and storage spaces.