Physician Assistant Studies

The mission of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Studies Program is to attract and train culturally diverse individuals with the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed to provide competent and compassionate healthcare to all.

The PA profession was established in 1965 and the PA program at UAB began only two years later. Although the profession began in order to serve underserved rural populations, you will be entering a field that appears in almost all medical and surgical specialties.

Upon graduation from UAB, you will become a healthcare professional licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. You will function under the direction of the physician and will be expected to perform appropriately delegated tasks autonomously with the full confidence of the physician.

To be eligible for licensure, you must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program and pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The UAB PA Program has been accredited since 1974.

To maintain your licensure, you must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years and pass the Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE) every ten years. You may obtain additional training through postgraduate residency programs in subspecialty areas, but these programs are not required for licensure or practice in subspecialty areas.

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PAHX LogoInterested in learning more about Physician Assistants? The Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History, Inc. (PA History Society) is dedicated to our history and legacy.

They are home to a large collection of appropriate papers, manuscripts, magazine and newspaper clippings, newsletters, reports, dissertations, oral histories, and visual artifacts, such as films, slides, videos, photographs, and digital images.

All of which are dedicated to our profession.
The Physician Assistant Studies Program degree program is designed to lead to a professional licensure (certification), Master of Physician Assistant Studies. While there is a national professional exam, Physician Assistant National Certification Examination, associated with the physician assistant licensure, specific licensure requirements still vary from state to state and by professional organization (if applicable). UAB is working to develop an online, publicly-accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact UAB State Authorization at, or call Dr. Lisa Reburn at (205) 934-3258.