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You, a Physician Assistant.

Physician Assistants play a vital role in primary and specialty care — diagnosing illness, prescribing medications, and often serving as a patient’s first and most frequent point of contact.

Program At-A-Glance

  • 6 semesters
  • Full-time
  • Pittsburgh (Oakland) Campus
  • State-of-the-art Simulation Medicine Lab
  • Nationwide clinical opportunities

Rewarding and Meaningful

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Your Future

Source: American Academy of PAs

Where does a PA work?
53.3% - Outpatient Office/Clinic
36.5% - Hospital
5.9% - Urgent Care Center
4.3% - Schools, Nursing Homes, Universities
Where does a PA specialize?
28.8% - Psychiatry, Public Health, Dermatology, Hospice
27.4% - Surgical Subspecialties
20.8% - Primary Care
12.2% - Internal Medicine Subspecialties
9.4% - Emergency Medicine
1.4% - Pediatric Subspecialties
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Your Carlow Advantage

Carlow University offers the region’s newest and most innovative physician assistant program. The program, set to enroll its first class for Fall 2022, is designed for adult learners and advances Carlow’s Sisters of Mercy values.

Pittsburgh: Medical Innovation Center

Pittsburgh offers world-class medical research, dozens of medical startup companies, and several large health care systems in the region. Breakthroughs in breast cancer diagnosis, organ transplantation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), drug discovery, and the first successful polio vaccine all began here.

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Phase 1: Classroom and lab


Phase 2: Clinical experience


Phase 3: Transition to practice

Your Community

  • Phase 1: Classroom and lab

    Core knowledge and skills (Anatomy and Physiology; Clinical Pharmacology; Patient Assessment, etc.)

  • Phase 2: Clinical experience

    Supervised, experiential learning (8 clinical rotations across family practice, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, behavioral health, women’s health, pediatrics, etc.).

  • Phase 3: Transition to practice

    Masters project and final professional training.

Your Learning Environment

In addition to classroom and clinical training, you’ll master skills in Carlow’s state-of-the-art medical simulation lab. Features include:

  1. High-fidelity patient simulators
  2. Skills lab and skills refinement room
  3. Interactive telehealth systems
  4. Medication delivery systems
  5. Digital patient records
  6. Hospital and exam patient rooms
Sim exam

Ready to learn more?

Apply now for Fall 2023

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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Carlow University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Carlow University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Students who graduate from a program with provisional accreditation or continuing accreditation status are eligible for certification and licensure after successfully passing the PANCE.

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