Which Physician Assistant Training Programs Produce Rural PAs? A National Study


The proportion of physician assistant (PA) graduates who enter practice in rural settings has dropped over the last two decades, though PAs still continue to enter rural practice at a higher rate than primary care physicians. Between 2000 and 2012, 10% of PA training programs produced about 34% of rural PAs; those same programs produced only 14% of all the PAs graduating in the same period. This study identifies the PA training programs that produced high proportions and/or numbers of rural PAs and the program characteristics associated with that success.

WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Eric Larson, C. Holly Andrilla, Caitlin Morrison, Stefanie Ostergard, Anita Glicken