Student Surveys and Reports

The PAEA research department administers surveys and compiles statistics on students at three distinct time points: when they matriculate, at mid-program, and at the end of their program. These surveys are administered annually and reports on the data collected from the surveys are published in the following year. Past survey instruments are available to members.

Matriculating Student Survey

The PAEA Matriculating Student Survey (MSS) collects information from entering physician assistant students on demographics, academic and employment background, factors related to choice of the PA profession and program, educational financing, intended specialty and practice environment, and student health and well-being. Download past reports below:

2015 Matriculating Student Survey
2014 Matriculating Student Survey

Mid-Program Student Survey

The PAEA Mid-Program Student Survey (MPSS) collections information from a self-selected sample of students from the previous year’s MSS on health and well-being, leadership and service experience, interprofessional education, program experience, and intended specialty and practice environments.

Note: Data from this survey will not be reported annually, but it is available as part of raw data and research report requests.

End of Program Survey

The PAEA End of Program Survey (EOPS) collects information from graduating physician assistant students on demographics, program and curriculum experiences, career plans, and educational financing.