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Master of Science in PA Studies

The Augsburg PA Program was established in 1995 and was the first accredited PA program in Minnesota. Augsburg’s PA Program is a full-time program that provides a broad, case-based, primary care curriculum with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations throughout the curriculum.

PROGRAM MAugsburg University PAISSION

The mission of the Augsburg PA program is to educate empathic, community-minded, and forward-thinking health care leaders to practice in primary care with a focus on underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized communities.

The Augsburg PA program values team-based learning for team-based patient care through connection, inclusion, and innovation.

Pa National Certifying Examination (PANCE)

PANCE Exam Performance Summary99% 5-year 1st time PANCE pass rate

Augsburg PAs have a proven track record of success and graduates of our PA program consistently pass the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at a rate that is higher than the national average.

From the 2020 graduating cohort, the majority of our new PA graduates were employed within six months of graduation. In addition, Augsburg PAs continue to be innovative in identifying and creating new areas for PAs to practice medicine. They report employment in primary care, women’s health, emergency medicine, urgent care, psychiatry, surgical specialties, and internal medicine sub-specialties.

Program Policies

Program policies apply to all students, principle faculty and the program director. A copy of the Augsburg PA Program policies can be found here:  PA Student Handbook.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Augsburg University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Augsburg University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2029 June. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Program Director (Dr. Vanessa Bester, phone 612-330-1660 and/or email