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Duke's PA Program offers a dynamic approach to learning.  It couples a didactic foundation of great depth and breadth with rich clinical experiences.

Apply to the PA Program

Admission to the Duke PA Program is competitive.
Learn about the prerequisites you will need.


The PA Program Curriculum

The first program year is devoted to pre-clinical studies and the remaining year is clinical rotations.

PA Curriculum

Student Life

Students in the Duke PA program have a long tradition of taking time out of their busy schedules.

Student Life


Thinking of applying to the Duke PA Program? View this video to learn more about the program and the city of Durham.

First Year Student Jason Smith

First Year Student Life:
Jason Smith's Blog

"I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be a part of a program that works hard to ensure we receive the best possible medical education." 1st Year Student Blog

PA Program News

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The Birthplace of the Physician Assistant Profession

Welcome to the Duke Physician Assistant Program, birthplace of the physician assistant profession. Our web site is your complete source for information about the PA Program and the admissions process.

The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to educate caring, competent primary care physician assistants who practice evidence-based medicine, are leaders in the profession, dedicated to their communities, culturally sensitive, and devoted to positive transformation of the health care system.

Our Educational Philosophy assures that we provide a creative and supportive environment for individual learning and growth, within a curriculum that is by necessity highly structured and intense. We view education as a reciprocal, collaborative interaction among faculty and students who are responsible for their own learning.  We strive to uphold the values of professionalism in our collegial interactions.  We seek continuous quality improvement, and welcome the ideas of all who participate in the program. 

Our goals are to educate physician assistants who:

We value:

We recognize our responsibility to the public and to potential and enrolled students to clearly state our goals for outcomes. Data from the last five years is provided below (2011-2015).

1. Maintain a level of PANCE pass rates above the national average.

The Duke PA Program consistently has a PANCE pass rate above the national average.

Duke PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report 2015

2. Maintain a 98% or better graduation rate for entering Duke PA Program students.*

In the past 5 years, 1% of all matriculants have not graduated.

* Attrition may be due to student withdrawal or dismissal

3. Deceleration rates for Duke PA Program students will be 2% or less.

In the past five years, 1% of Duke PA students have been decelerated, meaning that they have graduated with a later class than that in which they were originally enrolled.

4. The employment rate for Duke PA Program graduates will be 95% at six months after program completion.

As of March 2016, 98% of Duke PA graduates who completed the program in August 2015 are employed as PAs.

Learn more about the experience and interests of our faculty and students, and review detailed information about our curriculum. You'll also find resources for alumni and friends of the Duke PA Program, and PA Division postgraduate and multidisciplinary programs.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Duke 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 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.