Program Survey and Reports

The Program Survey, formerly the “Annual Report,” is PAEA’s longest running research endeavor. The survey collects information about program structure, program and student financial information, student and faculty characteristics, and much more. This survey is administered annually in May and full completion is mandatory for all PAEA member programs. Reports are released in the fall of the following year.

By the Numbers Program Report

Program Report 31 Cover
(Updated May 2017)

PAEA has been publishing an annual report on PA educational programs in the United States since 1984. The latest report, By the Numbers: Program Report 31, is based on responses to the 2014-2015 Program Survey from 100% of PA member programs. You can view the survey instrument from this and previous years here. We welcome your feedback via email to

Download Program Reports

Over 20 years of PAEA’s Program Reports are currently available to members. To help you find the data you need, we have compiled a searchable “master” table of contents you can download for report 16 to the current report.

Program Report Tables & Figures

Looking for graphics to enhance a presentation about PA education? PAEA makes tables and figures from the 31st Program Report available to members in the form of high-resolution PNG images.

Figures and tables are provided under a Creative Commons license that requires them to be attributed to PAEA, not altered, and not used for commercial purposes. Tables and figures should be attributed to: Physician Assistant Education Association, By the Numbers: Program Report 31, Washington, DC: PAEA, 2016. doi: 10.17538/PS31.2016

Download the zip file (4.1MB)
of tables and figures from the 31st Report (PAEA members only).