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    Physician Assistant Graduate Program Ranked 12th in the Nation

    The Rangos School of Health Science’s graduate physician assistant studies program at Duquesne University has garnered the No. 12 spot in the nation, according to The Journal of Physician Assistant Education, which ranked the top 50 programs as part of a study to develop a more thorough methodology for evaluating physician assistant programs.


    “The ranking is a testament to the good work of Dr. Bridget Calhoun and the physician assistant faculty and staff,” said Dr. Gregory Frazer, dean of the Rangos School. “The national standing of our program is a direct result of the successful partnership among our faculty, students, clinicians and clinical sites.”

    Programs were evaluated based on:

    • How long each school has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
    • Student-to-faculty ratio
    • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees
    • The most recent five-year average Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination pass rates.

    “The program is continually evolving, striving to maintain its contemporary relevance and evidence-based foundation. This ranking is one more indicator of the quality of our physician assistant studies program, which has consistently been identified as one of the premier programs in the country,” added Frazer.

    Other programs ranked with Duquesne include Emory, Yale and Northwestern Universities. Prior to The Journal of Physician Assistant Education, a peer-refereed academic journal, the only list comparing physician assistant programs was issued by US News & World Report, which has been publishing their findings since 1998.

    In the most recent US News ranking, the physician assistant program was rated in the top 25, another indicator of the high quality of this Duquesne program.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.