Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Program

Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to prepare PAs to provide compassionate, high quality, patient-centered care as members of interdisciplinary teams. The graduates will be culturally competent, committed to continuous learning and professional development, and make significant contributions to communities and the advancement of the PA profession.


Vision Statement

The vision of the Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program is to strive to be the national leader in PA education and to prepare physician assistants of the highest quality to practice medicine, with the supervision of a physician, in this ever-changing healthcare environment.


Educational Philosophy

The aim of the program is to facilitate the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities of future trends in healthcare delivery. Learning methodologies include: lecture, role playing, use of simulated patients, independent research, and case-based problem solving. The focus of the program will be on "higher order learning" that will prepare the PA student for critical thinking, ethical decision making, and the synthesis and judgment of problems, based on the bio-psycho-social model. The PA student will need to be insightful and aware of their own professional role and limitations, needs, styles and values of patients, and those of other health professionals. PA students are considered "life-long learners" of the art and science of medicine, as well as active learners who ask questions, uncover meaning and make decisions.