While the traditional route to become a physician assistant can take years to complete, accelerated degree programs have become more common at universities and colleges across the nation. The combined degree programs allow high school graduates to enter at the freshman level and earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies upon graduation; with most curriculum plans taking about five years to complete.
For students who are certain of their decision to become and PA and eager to begin their careers, BS/MS programs are not only more efficient, but are also more cost effective in the long run.
On paper, the total tuition for accelerated programs may seem like the more expensive route to take. But because most PA programs calculate tuition at a flat rate per year or per semester (as opposed to a rate based on total credit hours) a shorter amount of time in school means a less tuition overall. While each university is different and program costs vary across the board, the ThriveAP team has sought out cost estimates for BS/MS Physician Assistant Programs. Here are those with the highest price tag:
Est. Tuition: $220,837
In addition to offering a traditional MSPAS program, NYIT offers a combined BS/MS degree program that can be completed within six years of attendance. While students of the program can transition into the Master’s program once they have successfully completed the first three years of the pre-professional phase, they are still required to apply and interview for the MS program, as well as meet other certain standards in order to continue on. If students are not accepted into the MSPAS program, they must complete the requirements for another B.S. degree in the life sciences department. While tuition is rather steep for the full six years, NYIT awards grants and scholarships every year, greatly reducing the cost of tuition for 80% of its students. Students of the PA programs at NYIT have the opportunity to participate in outreach programs in various parts of the world as well as the option to earn a Certificate in Global Health, which allows them to engage in global health practice, policy, and the development of solutions to the world’s vital problems.