Physician Assistant

Our mission: To improve universal access to health care by graduating highly competent and confident physician assistants prepared to provide exceptional quality, ethical patient-centered health care in a collaborative environment.

Three students standing over a medical mannequin.

Program Overview

Exceptional medical education demands exceptional hands-on training. In our Physician Assistant Studies program, you'll work with patients in an unprecedented 12 clinical specialty rotations. During the clinical phase, you will be paired with and learn alongside preeminent doctors, PAs, and other clinicians affiliated with our clinical site partners, including many local and regional hospital systems and private practices.

You have the benefit of high-tech classrooms and laboratories – the very best places to learn. Our wing includes two physician assistant classrooms, a high-fidelity medical simulation center, and a physical examination laboratory that mimics the most modern facilities. You'll also study human gross anatomy at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in its award-winning medical education building in downtown Providence. Anatomy will be reviewed on our own digital cadaver Anatomage.

And because health care is big business, our program introduces you to the eight management principles of medical practice – from quality management to organizational governance. This unique focus on business fundamentals, so critical in today’s health care reform environment, is your competitive advantage.

Program goals

1. Provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitude to navigate a complex and diverse healthcare environment as evidenced by the ability to: 

  • Obtain medical knowledge and perform physical examinations necessary for patient-centered care
  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to the patient's clinical presentation to create an appropriate, individualized treatment plan
  • Develop interprofessional communication skills to effectively convey concise and accurate information
  • Utilization of appropriate medical diagnostics to aid in diagnosis and treatment, while decreasing unnecessary or extraneous testing
  • Master the technical skills of clinical medicine in a safe, supportive, and instructive environment using industry standard and technologically-robust experiential models

2. Prepare our students to meet the needs of all populations within the current health-care system by:

  • Incorporating patient-centered, ethical medical education throughout the curriculum
  • Providing a strong primary-care based education as well as clinical experiences in underserved communities
  • Highlighting an awareness of healthcare economics, potential barriers to accessing care and solutions to reduce healthcare disparities
  • Supporting diverse perspectives and inter-professional approaches to healthcare that best serve the needs of diverse patient populations

3. Develop and support the physician assistant students’ connection to the community and the PA profession by fostering their ability to serve, advocate, and lead.

4. Encourage continuous life-long learning in the pursuit of excellence in medical practice. 

See the program's success meeting its goals

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bryant University.  Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2028.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Lifespan, CharterCARE, Care New England, Milford Regional Medical Center, Steward Health Care, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, The LBJ Tropical Medical Center, and many private practices throughout Rhode Island and the surrounding region.

You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution completed by Oct. 1, 2023. (There is no preferred major.)

You will need an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Also, you will need to have completed the following prerequisite courses by Oct. 1, 2023, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall for these prerequisite courses and a "C" or better in each class:

  • Biology with lab: 8SH

  • Chemistry with lab: 8SH

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab: 8SH

  • Microbiology: 3SH

  • Organic Chemistry with lab (4 SH) or Biochemistry (3 SH)

  • Psychology: 3SH

  • Statistics: 3SH

Preference is given to those applicants with a Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (BCP) GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

We do not accept Advanced Placement/CLEP coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements. The Bryant Physician Assistant Program does not accept transfer credits to be applied to required Program coursework and does not award Advanced Placement based on prior coursework.

Your application process begins when you submit an online CASPA application as early as April 27, 2023. You then must complete a supplemental Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Application available via CASPA. Your entire completed application must be "verified" by CASPA by October 1, 2023, for your application to be considered. Be advised that the Bryant University PA Program operates on a rolling admission basis.

You also will need: Three professional letters of reference; optional completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the past five years (submit score to CASPA using Bryant’s PA Program Code: 8825); documentation of at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care which must be obtained by October 1, 2023*; and the ability to meet the program technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations. Selected candidates will attend an on-site interview, and if admitted, undergo a background check and drug screening. All matriculating students are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers prior to entering the Program and are responsible for maintaining this BLS certification through graduation.

International applicants must complete the TOEFL within 2 years of application with a score greater than 100 unless they have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States. A certified degree and course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts are required to ascertain equivalences to United States educational standards.

The Bryant University Physician Assistant Program’s Mission Statement is to improve universal access to healthcare by graduating highly competent and confident physician assistants prepared to provide quality, ethical, patient-centered healthcare in a collaborative environment. Our strategy to accomplish this goal is to support the admission and enrollment of future clinicians who have demonstrated a similar commitment to these philosophies. While the program does not extend preference to any individual or group, application materials are scored during the file review and interview process using a scoring system that awards points to any applicant demonstrating evidence of a commitment to the philosophies embodied by the program’s mission and goals.

*Examples of direct patient care experience include, but are not necessarily limited to, emergency medical technicians and paramedics; nurses; military medics; corpsmen; health service technicians; emergency department technicians; medical scribes; physical and occupational therapists; respiratory therapists; medical assistants; certified nursing assistant. 

  • April 27, 2023: CASPA application cycle opens for the Class of 2026
  • October 1, 2023: Application cycle closes; verified application must be submitted by midnight on this date
  • January 3, 2024: Class of 2026 matriculates
  • Physical abilities: In very basic terms, the physician assistant student must be able to carry out the physical tasks necessary to elicit a patient’s history and perform a physical exam, including the ability to observe/see the patient and physical exam findings, hear physical exam findings such as lung and cardiac sounds, and the coordination and manual dexterity to examine the patient such as palpation of the abdomen and to use the medical equipment routine to patient encounters such as a stethoscope. Additionally, the student must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time necessary for the surgical rotations and have the strength necessary to provide emergent interventions such as CPR.

  • Cognitive abilities: The physician assistant student must have the cognitive abilities required to elicit and understand a patient’s history, obtain and interpret physical exam findings, formulate a reasonable assessment and partner with the patient in the development of diagnostic and treatment plans. The student must also therefore be able to learn and understand, remember and apply the course content necessary to care for patients.

  • Behavioral abilities: The physician assistant student must have the behavioral abilities, including the interpersonal and communication skills, required for interacting with patients, the supervising physician, and other members of the health care team to be able to deliver care in a patient-centered, professional, ethically sound manner.

Loan forgiveness may be available for physician assistants who quality; some programs in Rhode Island include the State of Rhode Island Department of Health – Health Professions Loan Repayment.

The Bryant University Bursar will handle tuition refunds. Deposit and fees will not be refunded.

A student withdrawing from Bryant must contact the Registrar's Office and the Program Director in writing and complete a voluntary withdrawal form in order for his/her withdrawal to be official.

Tuition refunds will be calculated as follows: If written notification is received by the Registrar's Office and the PA Program Director by the:

  • 1st week of classes: 80%

  • 2nd week of classes: 60%

  • 3rd week of classes: 40%

  • 4th week of classes: 20%

  • After 4th week of classes: no refund



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Tuition: $106,774 for the entire 27-month program

Fees: $12,717 (subject to change)