Training to become a physician assistant is a life-changing decision, and your choice of college is crucial! Thankfully there are plenty of colleges offering postgraduate PA courses so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Here are five of the most popular: Duke University Duke University call themselves the ‘birthplace of the physician assistant profession’, with the first PA courses originating from this university back in the 1960s. The course is still very highly subscribed and the college draws on its history as well as working to promote good health and wellbeing in our modern day lifestyles. https://cfm.duke.edu/duke-physician-assistant-program University of Iowa The University of Iowa boasts a PA program unlike any other in the country – this is because PA students studying at their Carver College of Medicine campus complete the didactic side of their curriculum alongside current medical students. This is a fantastic way to learn about the similarities and differences in the two roles and how you will work together to enhance the patient experience. https://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/pa/education/prospective-students University of Colorado Although the University of Colorado specialises in child medicine, its PA program is suitable for those wishing to work with patients of all ages. It regularly ranks in the top ten best PA schools in the country. http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/degree_programs/PAProgram/Pages/Home.aspx University of Oregon Oregon’s PA program accepts around 42 students every year onto their 26-month full-time Masters Level course. The average age of students is about 27 and there is a good split between male and female. You can read lots of great student blogs about the PA program over on their website. http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/academic-programs/physician-assistant/index.cfm George Washington University George Washington University has a far lower GPA requirement than some other colleges, but places huge emphasis on their students having prior direct patient experience. You can choose to study for a two-year postgraduate qualification or a three-year one, and the college prides itself on a very high graduation rate (97%), so you’ll be in good hands. https://smhs.gwu.edu/physician-assistant/pa-program Eye-opening hospital work experience International hospital shadowing for school and university students Find out more You might also be interested in ... Three physician assistant fields to consider Seven things you learn when becoming a physician assistant Should I become a physician assistant or a nurse?