Estimated Graduate Program Costs

Estimated Graduate Program Costs

Graduate program tuition and fee information can be found by visiting the Student Accounts site

In addition, the typical graduate student in the Professional Phase of the Physician Assistant Program will spend approximately $3,000-5,000 on medical equipment, books, malpractice liability insurance, and other program-related fees during the each year of the Professional Phase. This does not include housing, food, living expenses (locally and at distant rotation sites), travel costs (including travel to local and distant rotation sites), health center fees, graduation fees, and Pre-Professional Phase book costs.  Please see below for more detailed breakdowns of anticipated costs.

The refund policy for graduate programs at Philadelphia University can be found on the Financial Aid site.

Financial Aid

Information regarding financial aid for physician assistant students is available from various organizations, including:  

Graduate assistantships and paid tutoring positions may be available for qualified students.  However, please note that PA students cannot work in administrative positions within the PA Program.

Other Detailed Estimated Expenses


Estimated Cost

Medical equipment



$1000-1500 per year

Malpractice liability insurance

$185 per year

Exam Soft

$50 per year

American Academy of Physician Assistants Membership

$75 for 2 years

Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants Membership
New Jersey Society of Physician Assistants Membership

$50 for 2 years
$40 for 2 years

Mandatory Medical Insurance

Blood Borne Pathogen Coverage rider is mandatory: Needle Stick Coverage

Please note: A personal policy may have better coverage


$85 blood borne pathogen policy

Parking at the University


Vaccinations and Lab Titers


Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Registry and drug testing


Tuition Insurance PA Students (cost per semester is one-third the annual rate) 


E-Value Student Logging Program (2nd year)

$100 per year (2nd year only)

Items to Include in a 12 Month Budget

Apartment Rental based on solo or shared living

$400- $1500 per month

Utilities, Telephone, Electricity, Water

$75 - $400 per month

Clinical Year Distant Site Living Expenses

$1000-$2000 (2nd year only)

Automotive Expenses (Fuel, Insurance, and Maintenance)


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