School of Allied Health Professions

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program at a Glance

Degree: Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Length: 27 months | Delivery: Full-time continuous, predominantly on-site, live day classes
Class size: 40 students/year
Application Deadline: Oct 1  |  Start term: Summer  |  Application: CASPA

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance*

LA Resident: $39,000  |  Non-Resident: $66,000  |  *includes tuition and fees

The LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant Program offers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree which consists of a continuous 27-month academic and clinical experience, which begins during the summer semester. The Program's objective is to prepare well-educated primary care PAs competent in a wide range of medical skills with qualifications to provide comprehensive health care under the supervision of a physician. Upon graduation, graduates are eligible to be licensed in the state of Louisiana as a PA by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. 

Benefits of getting your degree at LSU Health Shreveport

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

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In the School of Allied Health Professions’ admissions and recruitment processes, we pursue diverse cohorts of students in each program to enhance the learning experiences of all of our students, and foster an open and welcoming environment that promotes inclusion, respect, and compassion.

LSU Health Shreveport adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.

LEARN MORE about the AHEAD Scholar Tuition Waiver for Students from Underrepresented Groups. 

Celebrating 25 Years!


Established in 1994, The LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant Program is celebrating its 25th year of preparing skilled Physician Assistants to provide health care for Louisiana citizens.

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What does the Program entail?

Why choose a Career as a Physician Assistant?

The physician assistant is a health care professional who is academically and clinically prepared to provide health and medical services with and under the supervision of a doctor of medicine. The functions of the physician assistant include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services in any setting in which the physician renders care, in order to allow more effective and focused application of the physician's particular knowledge and skills.

Job Outlook for Physician Assistants
2022 Median Pay* $126,010 per year
$60.58 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2022* 148,00
Job Outlook, 2022-33* 27% (Much faster than average)
*United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
Persons interested in a career as a Physician Assistant may find the following web sites of interest:

News from the PA Program

LSUHS Alumni Slated to Become Youngest American in Space when Inspiration 4 Launches

Hayley Arceneaux, a 2016 graduate of the Physician Assistant (PA) program in the School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Shreveport, is scheduled to become the youngest American in space on Thursday evening September 15. Arceneaux currently works as a physician assistant at St. Jude

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies