Educating the next generation of physician assistants

Director's Message

Our mission is to prepare PAs to provide compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered care as members of interprofessional teams. The graduates will be culturally sensitive, committed to continuous learning and professional development, and make significant contributions to communities and the advancement of the PA profession.

Meet Our Students

View impressions, advice and perspectives shared by current students and alumni.


By the end of each Problem-Based Learning (PBL) week, I am extremely surprised at how much I have learned and how tangible the information is to grasp. I am able to apply the clinical knowledge instead of just reading about it."

Dalal El-Barbarawi (she/her)
First-Year Student, Class of 2024


I love that the program has Medical Spanish in their curriculum. As a Spanish-speaking Hispanic, I feel it is important to increase the number of Spanish-speaking providers in order to bridge the language barrier gap in my community. Northwestern shares that same value."

Haydee Ramirez (she/her)
First-Year Student, Class of 2024


My clinical experience this year has reinforced the concepts I learned—it has also been so rewarding taking care of patients daily. All the hours I spent learning various medical concepts and reviewing slides have paid off."

Mickayla Hinkle (she/her)
Second-Year Student, Class of 2023


As PA students, through the Northwestern's Education Centered Medical Home (ECMH) program, we work with medical students in clinical settings across Chicago once a month. We gather pertinent patient history, perform physical exams, present it to the medical team, and develop a treatment plan for patients with the help and approval of our overseeing preceptors. Having this early exposure in a clinical setting gives us an advantage during the start of clinical rotations since we have an idea of what to expect and how to start conversations with patients."

Carlos Sian (he/him)
Second-Year Student, Class of 2023

Alumni Spotlight: Sincer Jacob

Sincer Jacob, ’13 PA-C, tells Northwestern Medicinemagazine about how his Feinberg education shaped his professional life and why he loves his job.


PA Program Goals

We're working hard to be the national leader in PA education and to prepare physician assistants of the highest quality. Take a look at our program's main goals and what we're doing to achieve them.

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PANCE Results

See the latest report on the PANCE pass rates for first-time test takers in our graduating classes. Our average first-time test-taker pass rate over the most recent 5 year period is 99%.

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The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program was reaccredited in March 2023.

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