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Physician Assistant Program Office
Phone: 504-556-3420
Fax: 504-556-3421
Address: 411 South Prieur St.
New Orleans, LA 70112

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Welcome to the website for the Louisiana State University-New Orleans Physician Assistant (PA) Program

About the Program

Established in 2012, the LSUHSC-NO Physician Assistant program is a graduate program within the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions. The program is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

With a focus on primary care, the LSUHSC-NO PA program awards a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree following 29 months of intensive academic and clinical training. Of the 29 months, the 17-month academic phase is conducted in New Orleans with state-of-the-art training equipment and facilities. The 12 month clinical experience is conducted at a variety of sites throughout Louisiana.


The LSUHSC-NO Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program will be a leader in the education of competent, compassionate, health care providers providing access to care for the people of Louisiana.


The Mission of the LSUHSC-New Orleans Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is to recruit and educate individuals of the highest quality from diverse backgrounds to provide evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare to the people of Louisiana.

Goals: The LSUHSC-New Orleans Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is committed to:

  • Recruit highly qualified applicants for enrollment as students in the LSUHSC-New Orleans Physician Assistant Program
  • Obtain accreditation-continuing status, develop and maintain a standard of excellence for the program
  • Develop and maintain a curriculum that promotes a 90% or better graduation rate for students entering the LSUHSC-New Orleans Physician Assistant Program
  • Develop and maintain a curriculum that produces a PANCE rate first-time pass rate above the national average.



Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Our accredited Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center- New Orleans provides classroom, laboratory, simulations and clinical rotations that prepare graduates for careers as physician assistants.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional to the LSUHSC-NO program.


Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Accreditation - Provisional is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Accreditation-provisional remains in effect until the program achieves accreditation-continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.

The date for the next review of the program by the ARC-PA will be October 2016. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Standards and ARC-PA policy.

For more information about PA Program accreditation, see ARC-PA at