College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Program

Financial Planning

The cost of a professional education varies, depending on many factors.  In addition to tuition and fees, there are living and travel expenses, books, equipment and incidental expenses to be considered. For travel to clinical sites and other program requirements, a reliable automobile is required for the length of the program.

A variety of financial assistance is available to students, such as student loans, scholarships, grants and work opportunities. Students interested in acquiring additional information or making application for financial assistance are urged to contact the University Financial Aid Office at 215.780.1330 or toll free at 800.824.6262 or by email

Books and Equipment

First-year Physician Assistant students can expect to pay approximately $2,700 for their books and instruments. Required ebooks for the entire length of the program are purchased through the University Bookstore on the Elkins Park campus and will cost approximately $1,600, depending on the texts to be used for that cohort of students.  In addition, it is necessary for physician assistant students to possess a number of instruments that are available at the University Bookstore at an approximate cost of $850 to $1,200.

Living Expenses

In planning for living expenses, students should consider room, board, transportation, medical, dental and personal expenses.  Health care insurance is a requirement of all students while involved in the PA program.  The University provides a comprehensive health care program option.  Students need to consider the costs relative to required clinical rotations, during which time they may be outside of the Philadelphia area.  Students must provide their own transportation and housing during these assignments.