Physician Assistant Department

Chair's Welcome

Shelly Powers

The Howard University Physician Assistant Program has been in existence since 1974. Our department has served an integral component in the Physician Assistant (PA) educational arena by its unique position of being based at a Historically Black University. Through the decades, PA education through our department has served as a leader in providing access for minority students to the profession.

The students, in turn, have served inunderserved populations, addressing the needs of underserved communities, one of the founding principles of the profession. Howard University remains at the forefront locally and nationally in providing access for minority students to the profession. Read More >

Masters of Physician Assistant

The Profession


Physician Assistants are licensed health care professionals who practice in primary care, ambulatory, emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings. Physician Assistants deliver health care services to diverse patient populations with acute to chronic medical and surgical conditions.

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The ARC-PA accepted the plan for Howard University to withdraw from the ARC-PA accreditation process effective July 8, 2016. The program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The ARC-PA recognizes that the program has two student cohorts enrolled, the most recent class being accepted in August 2015. The program and institution will be required to teach-out, as defined by the ARC-PA Standards and as required by the regional accreditation body for a program that is closing, the students remaining in the program, which compose the 2017 and 2018 graduating cohorts.