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Physician Assistant Program

Butler University houses the oldest physician assistant (PA) program in the State of Indiana. Our 24-month curriculum will prepare you to be eligible 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 region, 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. 

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 professionals (preceptors), PA students complete more than 2,000 hours in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, general surgery, and mental health. 

Attending Butler as an undergraduate was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I enjoyed receiving a well-rounded education that adequately prepared me for the course load in PA school. Butler provided me with the competence and confidence to excel in the health care field as a Physician Assistant  —Brenna Lee ’15

Program Highlights

Program Goals & Outcomes

The mission of the Butler University Physician Assistant 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. Learn More.

Admission to the Program

Butler offers two pathways for students to enter the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program: Direct Admit or Standard Admission. Direct Admit allows incoming Butler freshmen to complete the bachelors of science in health sciences degree (BSHS) while gaining direct entry into the graduate program. Standard Admission is open to individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and applied through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  Healthcare experience is not required. Learn More.

PA Program Statistics

Program Successes

We’re proud of our alumni’s records of success. Since 2009, 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 94.8% vs. 93.4% national). On average since 2008, almost 96% of students who started our program completed their master’s degree and receive job placements within six months of Commencement. 

PA Obstectrics

Benefits of the Butler PA Program

  • Accredited longer than any other PA program in Indiana, we have been graduating  in-demand PAs since 1996.  
  • Numerous healthcare settings in Indianapolis, the 12th largest U.S. metropolitan area, provide Butler PA student abundant opportunities for experiential learning and employment.
  • Our 24-month, graduate-only program reduces your education costs and get you into the profession quickly.
  • Our competitive Direct Admit program allows select undergraduates to advance automatically into PA graduate studies bypassing the traditional admission process.
  • In our SimLab, PA students can practice patient examinations and treatments on computerized mannequins that are programmed to simulate a variety of illnesses and conditions.

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