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Master in Physician Assistant Studies


The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine will soon be offering the Physician Assistant Program leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

The national shortage of physicians, the aging population of baby boomers, and the increased demand for health care providers created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have made the physician assistant one of the fastest growing professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade, with employment of physician assistants expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. In 2012, Forbes magazine rated the Physician Assistant Degree as the number one master’s degree for jobs.

By combining the present medical model and utilizing some of the same resources already in place, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine will be able to help meet the upcoming demand for health care providers while at the same time creating a collaborative College of Medicine/Physician Assistant Program which will be unique in the nation. FIU will be also able to partner with other local institutions of higher learning, to help them breach the gap to award a master’s degree level to their students.

For more information contact Jessenia Pomares at 305.348.6567 | E-mail: