Some schools that offer physician assistant training programs include Duke University, University of Iowa, Emory University, George Washington University and Oregon Health and Sciences University. These schools rank highly in the 2015 rankings of physician assistant programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Physician assistants work under the supervision of surgeons and physicians. A physician assistant is trained to provide patient diagnoses and prescribe medications. Programs can be found within schools of medicine, such as the program at Duke University. Physician assistant students at Duke take 12 months of preclinical classroom coursework. The next 12 months comprise of 10 clinical rotations within various medical and surgical specialties.