Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Naser, Lisa


Physician assistant programs are rigorous, fast-paced, and time intensive, putting significant stress on PA students themselves and their romantic relationships. Research has been done on the effects of medical school on student mental health and romantic relationships, but there is a lack of research on PA students who undergo a similar didactic education. Determining the relationship between PA school stressors and relationship satisfaction may aid in the development of coping mechanisms for couples, reduce student and partner stress, and improve student well-being. The study revealed students who were married, male, between the ages of 30-39,cohabiting, or in long term relationships experienced the most impact of PA school on their relationship satisfaction. The main stressors of PA school were identified as relating to the academic demands of PA school. Several coping mechanisms were identified as being useful in benefiting their romantic relationships such as communication, working as a team to accomplish household tasks, and quality time. Encouraging PA students to use these mechanisms may help them balance PA school and their romantic relationships as effectively as possible.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons