Why Choose JWU for Your PA Studies?

Rhode Island is investing heavily in the health sciences/healthcare sector as a statewide driver of economic growth.

JWU’s PA program, the first in the state, takes advantage of Rhode Island’s strengths as an incubator: small size, high population density and an interlinked medical and education network.

Be part of that growth, while gaining a versatile skill set that can be applied to virtually all facets of the medical field, including primary care, hospitalist medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

Deliver Humanistic, Patient-Centered Care
Maintaining a relationship of trust and caring is central to becoming a health care professional, whether your goal is to stay in Rhode Island to care for Rhode Islanders, or go where a growing career opportunity takes you.

Learn more about the philosophy of humanistic medicine at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Our Innovative Health Sciences Facility

JWU Center for Physician Assistant Studies Building

Developing the skills to become a physician assistant (PA) takes hard work, dedication — and an educational facility that meets the complex needs of this increasingly sophisticated field.

Innovative Facility in Rhode Island’s Medical Corridor
The PA program is part of JWU’s Center for Physician Assistant Studies, housed in an 18,000-sq. foot facility dedicated to the health sciences and located in Providence’s Knowledge District.

JWU Physician Assistant study group

Learning Space Tailored to the Health Sciences

Our facility is set up to maximize information sharing, teamwork and collaboration between students, faculty and community colleagues, with:

  • Lecture halls with global teleconferencing capabilities and lecture capture
  • “Active learning” classrooms that can be easily reconfigured for group work or lectures, depending on the need
  • Cadaver-based anatomy lab with access to e-study guides at each dissection station
  • Conference rooms for small group meetings
  • Student lounges and study areas
  • Clinical practice center similar to a hospital emergency room

Building Designed for Convenience and Collaboration
The Center is designed to transition you seamlessly from morning to night — from the locker room where you can safely stash your valuables to the spacious learning commons where you can study with fellow students after hours. You won’t have to leave the building unless you choose to.

Why is this important? Those first 12 months of preclinical instruction are especially rigorous, and the building will enable you and your peers to learn without interruption — whether you’re studying cardiovascular systems in the anatomy lab, documenting cases in the clinical practice center or attending virtual grand rounds in our lecture hall.

Sharing classrooms and common spaces also enhances the sense of community, enabling you and your fellow students to progress through the first year as a supportive cohort.