Physician Assistant Program

Physician Assistant Mission

To improve universal access to health care by graduating highly competent and confident Physician Assistants prepared to provide exceptional quality, patient-centered ethical health care in a collaborative environment.

Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Vision

The Bryant University Physician Assistant program will:

  • Graduate top performing physician assistants from a rigorous program
  • Prepare physician assistant students to perform in any clinical environment
  • Engage physician assistant students in the pursuit of lifelong learning
  • Instill in our students a desire to seek roles in leadership
  • Ensure commitment to furthering the success of our profession

Goals of the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program

  1. Prepare our physician assistant students to excel in all of the competencies required for PA practice by providing a rigorous and supportive program in which to develop the knowledge, interpersonal, clinical, and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities necessary to clinical care
  2. Prepare our physician assistant students to meet the needs of our health care system by providing a strong primary care experience caring for under-served populations and by developing an understanding of the health care delivery and payment systems that affect health care access, outcomes, and potential disparities
  3. Develop and support our physician assistant students’ commitment and ability to serve in leadership roles as advocates for patients and the PA profession
  4. Develop and strengthen our physician assistant students’ skills and habits critical for life-long learning and continuous practice-based self-improvement
  5. Facilitate achieving our program’s mission, vision, and goals by integrating and supporting diverse perspectives throughout the curriculum, including global and inter-professional perspectives, in order to best serve the needs of our diverse patients and communities

Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Accreditation Status

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.

Physician Assistant Program Curriculum

Courses by Semester

The physician assistant program is a 27-month, 126 semester hour course of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. 

The program consists of 9 terms:

First Year
First TermCredit Hours
PA 501Physiology and Pathophysiology3
PA 502Clinical Pharmacology3
PA 503Human Anatomy4
PA 504Clinical Laboratory2
PA 505Research Methods1
PA 506Genetics1
 Term Credit Hours14
Second Term
PA 510Clinical Medicine I5
PA 511Clinical Medicine II5
PA 512History and Physical Examination3
PA 513Electrocardiography1
PA 515Behavioral Medicine2
PA 516Clinical Correlations One2
PA 524Public Health and Dental Medicine1
 Term Credit Hours19
Third Term
PA 514Diagnostic Testing and Imaging1
PA 520Clinical Medicine III5
PA 521Clinical Medicine IV5
PA 522Pediatrics4
PA 523Orthopedics4
PA 525Clinical Skills1
PA 526Clinical Correlations Two2
 Term Credit Hours22
Fourth Term
PA 530Clinical Medicine V5
PA 531Clinical Medicine VI5
PA 532Emergency Medicine6
PA 533Surgery3
PA 534Medical Ethics and Law1
PA 535PA History and Professional Issues1
PA 536Clinical Correlations Three2
 Term Credit Hours23
 Total Credit Hours: 78
Clinical Year
PA 601Inpatient Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 602Outpatient Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 603Family Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 604General Surgery Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 605Pediatrics Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 606Obstetrics and Gynecology Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 607Psychiatry Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 608Emergency Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 609Orthopedics Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 610Dermatology Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 611Elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
PA 612Mini Clinical Supervised Clinical Practice Experience4
Total Credit Hours48


Director of Physician Assistant Program

Jay Amrien, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Associate Professor

Medical Director

Peter King, MD

Associate Program Director

Christopher Furbee, DSc, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education

Christopher Ferreira, MSPAS, PA-C

Director of Didactic Education

Wendy Buja, MS, PA-C

Director of Admissions and Academic Success

Kayla Cetrone, MEd