Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees for the Class of 2020 (May 2018 matriculation) Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

Direct Costs

  • Application and Deposit (subject to change)
    • Non-refundable CASPA Supplemental Application Fee: $30
    • Non-refundable Program Admission Acceptance Deposit: $500.00 (100% applied to tuition)
  • Other Required Fees (subject to change)
    • College Technology Fee:  $875.00 total (includes $125.00 per semester fee - totaling $375.00 for year 1; $375.00 for year 2, $125.00 for year 3)

    • College Activites Fee: $700.00 total (includes $100.00 per semester fee - totaling $300.00 for year 1; $300.00 for year 2; $100 for year 3)

    • College Graduation Fee: $200.00 graduation fee paid in last semester of the program.

  • Per Semester, Annual and Total Tuition
    • Program per semester tuition (there are no additional lab or course fees): $11,258.00.
    • Total tuition for year one of the MPAS program (3 semesters) is $33,774.00.
    • Total tuition for year two of the MPAS program (3 semesters) is $33,774.00.
    • Total tuition for year three of the MPAS program (1 semester) = 11,258.00.
    • Total tuition for the entire 27-month MPAS program (all 7 semesters combined) is $78,806.00*.

    *Tuition rates for future cohorts may be subject to change; however, a cohort’s tuition rate will remain the same for the entirety of their 27 month (7 semester) program.

Estimated Indirect Costs*

  • AAPA Student Membership (required upon matriculation)

    One-time fee of $75.00. Students receive a myriad of membership benefits. Read all about the benefits of student membership.

  • AHA CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers Training

    (Required prior to matriculation) Cost varies but can be as low as $8.00 for skills training + $16.00 for the textbook. Certificate lasts for 2 years. Students must have AHA CPR/BLS Certification for Healthcare Providers prior to matriculation and must maintain certification throughout their program’s duration. 

  • Background Check and Drug Screen
    • Required within one month of matriculation; a second background check and drug screen will be required prior to clinical rotations; a third may be required prior to the last semester of training. 
    • $288.00 ($432.00 if a third test is required). The program has made arrangements to have this completed via the company, Castle Branch. Some clinical sites may also require separate and more specific background checks and drug screenings. If required, the student is responsible for any associated fees.
  • Blue Scrubs and Long Lab Coat (required for anatomy labs)

    $50.00 (all students must have and wear blue colored scrubs and a long lab coat while in the cadaver labs).

  • Clothing Expenses

    The School of Health Sciences graduate programs require students adhere to a business casual dress code. This may require the purchase of additional clothing to accommodate the dress code requirement. Clothing expenses can vary greatly depending on individual student needs and choices.

  • Health Insurance (required)

    $3194.00 annually - subject to change

    • Student health insurance is required of all students in the PA program and must be secured prior to the first day of class and continued throughout the program. Many different health insurance vendors exist. Some resources include:

    • The federal government’s official ACA website: (you may be eligible to enroll out of the typical enrollment period)

    • The health insurance marketplace website:

  • Living and other expenses

    In addition to the above, students can expect additional costs for room and board, miscellaneous school supplies, etc. Living expenses can vary greatly depending on individual student choices.

  • Medical Equipment Kit (required)
    • $925.00

    We have made arrangements with a vendor for a discounted group-purchasing all-inclusive medical equipment kit price for our students; students are required to make their purchase via this vendor to ensure the lowest price and also ensure all students have the same equipment. In order to receive equipment prior to the first day of class, students should purchase the medical kit prior to April. If you are unable to purchase the kit by this time, please email Ms. Laura Dowell at

    Order your medical equipment kit

  • PA Student Malpractice Insurance (required)

    All students are required to carry their own malpractice insurance. This is now offered at no cost via the AAPA preferred liability insurance vendor, CM&F Group.

  • Personal Laptop Computer (required)
    • $800.00.

    The price of computers varies widely and depends on model and configuration. 

    Access the School of Health Sciences Laptop Computer Specifications Sheet

  • Textbooks
    • $874.30 cost reflects the purchase of texts not available via our electronic resources - many of our required texts are available as etexts at no additional cost to students resulting in significant savings). A minimum of one copy of each course required text - not available via our included electronic resources - will be made available to students for use. These textbooks are considered reference texts and, as such, available for check-out via the program’s on-campus library. Depending on student need, more reference texts may be purchased by the program.

*All costs are estimated. Actual costs may be higher or lower than listed expenses.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those students who complete the FAFSA form annually.

For financial aid questions, please contact Emory & Henry College’s Office of Financial Aid.

Potential Scholarships (Large & Small)

Student Academy of American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA)

The SAAAPA’s website offers information on financial aid resources for Physician Assistant Students, including several potential student scholarships as well as information about education funding sources and loan repayment options.

PA Foundation (scholarships ranging from $1000.00 to $2000.00 for students having completed one semester or more of PA studies)

Student Opportunities Offered by USPHS Commissioned Corps

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps offers an excellent service opportunity for PA students during their last year of training via the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Besides representing an excellent training opportunity, SRCOSTEP also assists to decrease a PA student’s financial burden; participants are eligible to receive pay allowances. The program is highly competitive but less well-known than many other opportunities.

National Health Service Corps

The NHSC, established in 1972,  is a federal program through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and the Bureau of Health Workforce offering financial aid & other support to primary care providers & healthcare sites in underserved communities.

The NHSC offers both scholarships and loan repayment opportunities to Physician Assistants, Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwifes. Additionally, the NHSC assists clinical sites in recruiting & retaining qualified, patient-centered, culturally sensitive healthcare providers with a mission to serve the underserved.

For more information about the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment programs, please see the following resources:

Indian Health Service (IHS) Loan Repayment Program

The IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) can help dedicated health professionals like you chart a course for a long-lasting and successful healthcare career. The LRP funds IHS clinicians to repay their eligible health profession education loans — up to $40,000 — in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice in health facilities serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Opportunities are based on Indian health program facilities with the greatest staffing needs in specific health profession disciplines. As an LRP participant, you are eligible to extend your contract annually until your qualified student debt is paid. Many health professionals enter this program because of the financial benefits but find the cultural and professional rewards to be so great that they spend their entire careers working in Indian health.”