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PA Program

Butler University houses the oldest PA (physician assistant) program in the state of Indiana. Our 24-month curriculum will prepare you to take the national certification exam, apply for state licensure, and provide patient care in various medical or surgical practice settings. We are in the heart of Indianapolis and partner with all the major healthcare systems in the state, as well as, many outside of Indiana, to offer students outstanding clinical experiences.

Butler’s program boasts above-national-average board passing rates with very low attrition. This, accompanied with a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation, makes this one of the premier PA programs in the country. 


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Pre-Clinical Experiences

In the first year, PA students learn applied medical, behavioral and social sciences, patient assessment and clinical medicine. 

Clinical Experience

Guided by seasoned clinicians, PA students complete more than 2,000 hours in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, general surgery, and mental health. 

Thank you Butler! The PA Program challenged me every day. It made me a better practitioner and it made me a better person. After completing the program and joining the workforce, I can say with confidence that Butler PAs are some of the best-prepared new grads in the field. —Chad Robertson, MPAS 2019.

Program Highlights

Program Goals & Outcomes

The mission of the Butler University PA program is to produce graduates with a foundation in primary care to deliver high quality, patient-centered care in a wide variety of clinical settings. The program is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Butler has had continued Accreditation since 1996, reflecting our solid curriculum, students’ and faculty’s professionalism, leadership, and service. PA Program Goals.

Admission to the Program

Butler offers two pathways for students to enter the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program: Selective Internal Admission or Standard Admission. Selective Internal is designed for current Butler University students or alumni of any major who would like to pursue a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree after graduation. Standard Admission is open to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree elsewhere. Applicants to both pathways apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Healthcare experience is not required. PA Admission Information. PA Admission Information.

PA Student Handbook

Read about what you’ll learn as a Butler PA student, policies, requirements, program costs, technology requirements, and a variety of college and campus resources in the Physician Assistant Student Handbook

PA Program Statistics

Program Successes

We’re proud of our alumni’s records of success. Since 2013, most Butler PA graduating classes have achieved a higher first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) than the average national pass rate (Butler 98.6% vs. 95.6% national). On average since 2013, 98.3% of students who started our program completed their master’s degree and receive job placements within six months of Commencement.

PA program benefits

Benefits of the Butler PA Program

  • Accredited longer than any other PA program in Indiana, we have been graduating  in-demand PAs since 1996.  
  • Indianapolis is the 14th largest U.S. metropolitan area and provides Butler PA student abundant opportunities for experiential learning and employment.
  • Our 24-month, graduate-only program reduces your time in school and gets you into the profession quickly.
  • Anatomage Tables that allow for immersive virtual cadaver dissection.
  • Expansive network of clinical sites available across the United States, with international rotations available at selected locations.
  • Multiple service opportunities available for students, including the Northwest Outreach Clinic, a free community clinic staffed by PA students, medical students, and practicing clinicians.
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics lectures are given by practicing pharmacists—you will learn directly from experts working in numerous medical specialties!