Physician Assistant Department

Degree: Masters of Physician Assistant


Chair's Welcome

Shelly PowersHoward University Physician Assistant Program has been in existence since 1974. Howard University Physician Assistant (PA) Department has served as an integral component in the PA educational arena by its unique position of being based at a Historically Black University. Through the decades of PA education the department has served as a leader in providing access for minority students to the profession. The students in turn, have served in underserved populations addressing the needs of underserved communities, one of the founding principles of the profession. Howard University remains at the forefront locally and nationally in providing access for minority students to the profession. Read More>>

The Profession

ProgramPhysician Assistants are licensed health care professionals who practice in primary care, ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings. Physician Assistants deliver health care services to diverse patient populations with acute to chronic medical and surgical conditions.

Services performed by Physician Assistants while practicing with physician supervision include but are not limited to the following:

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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Howard 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 March 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.