About Us

Our Program

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 in underserved 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. Learn more, read the Chair's Welcome.

About 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.

Services performed by Physician Assistants while practicing with physician supervision include but are not limited to the following: eliciting patient histories; performing physical examinations; ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic/therapeutic procedures; implementing and monitoring patient management plans for medical and surgical conditions; counseling patients to include prescribed therapeutic regimens; and facilitating the referral of patients in the provision of continuity of care. Physician Assistants may also practice as an academician, researcher, and administrator.


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.

About the Division of Allied Health Sciences

The Division of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University has been in existence since 1974. The Division has provided challenging educational programs for numerous allied health professionals. As the first historically Black College and University to open a school of allied health, Howard University has produced over 2000 allied health professionals. Many are working as health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers, and administrators in the US Caribbean and Africa.

Graduates have been recognized for their scholarship, and contributions to community and public service. Members of the faculty are leaders within their fields. Several are Fellows in their professional organizations, and many hold local and national leadership positions. When combined, over 68 percent of the faculty either hold or are pursuing doctoral degrees.

Choosing a career in allied health sciences is an outstanding decision. As the largest contributor to the health care work force, the employment outlook for allied health is excellent. Most students are employed within the first three months of graduation, and command salaries within a range of $35,000-$74,000. Without a doubt the Division prepares students for outstanding careers in Allied Health Sciences.