Chair's Welcome

Shelly Powers

Welcome to the Howard University Department of Physician Assistant. We would like to thank you for your interest in our program.

Howard University Physician Assistant Program has been in existence since 1974. Howard University Physician Assistant (PA) Department has served as an integral component in the PA educational arena by its unique position of being based at a Historically Black University. Through the decades of PA education the 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.

The program remains a prominent educator of minority physician assistants nationally. Over one-third of the nation’s practicing African-American PAs are Howard graduates. The Howard University Physician Assistant Program is the only provider of Physician Assistant education in the Nation’s capital, which focuses on the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students and other ethnically diverse minority students. The Department of Physician Assistant has a history of excellence in graduating highly sought-after clinicians and developing leaders for the profession in the USA and abroad.

Our faculty are committed to the development of competent health care professionals and to the quest for solutions for delivery of quality health care in the United States and abroad.

We promote excellence in education and welcome the opportunity to educate you in your pursuit in becoming a competent physician assistant.

Thank you,
Shelly Powers, LS MA, PA-C
Assistant Professor and ChairĀ