Some good physician assistant training programs include Duke University, University of Iowa, Emory University, George Washington University, Oregon Health and Sciences University and Quinnipiac University, according to the 2015 rankings of U.S. News & World Report. Duke University, with a score of 4.4 out of 5, ranked highest in the report.
The physician assistant program at Duke University is a 2-year program that is open only to full-time students. Students take courses during their first year in the program and a series of 10 clinical rotations the second year. Courses include Anatomy, Fundamentals of Surgery, Basic Medical Science and Evidence Based Medicine. Clinical rotations include Emergency Medicine, Primary Care and General Surgery. All courses and rotations are required to graduate from the program.
Emory University's physician assistant program is part of the School of Medicine. Two degrees are offered through the Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant and the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant and Master of Public Health dual degree. The MMSc-PA focuses on evidence-based preventive medicine and primary care. The dual degree is a 3-year program that teaches students the skills to manage patient care in clinics and work towards health care improvement.
Other good physician assistant programs are University of Nebraska Medical Center, Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine, University of Washington, University of Colorado, Drexel University and Northeastern University, notes U.S. News & World Report.