Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Boeve, Wallace


A variety of compensation models for medical providers exist today. Current literature reveals that the main compensation models present for physicians and other advanced practice providers today include fee for service (FFS), fixed salary, pay for performance (P4P), and mixed models. To our knowledge, no previous studies that have characterized the compensation models of physician assistants (PAs) or their satisfaction in relation to those models exists. This study aims to characterize PA compensation models in the Twin Cities metro area and analyze PA satisfaction with these models. An electronic survey was used to collect data characterizing compensation models of PAs in the Twin cities and their related satisfaction. The participants of this study included PAs affiliated with Bethel University’s PA program as either guest lecturers or preceptors. Upon data analysis, a total of 37 participants were recorded from the 69 invited participants. The response rate was 54%. PAs in the Twin Cities area are paid primarily on salary (62%) and PAs in the Twin Cities are satisfied (51%) or very satisfied (41%) with their compensation models. Analysis of the data revealed that no statistical significance exists between a PAs compensation model and their satisfaction with that model with a p value >0.05. This study and its outcome should be interpreted as a small, pilot study that will require further investigation with a larger sample size for more accurate conclusions to be drawn.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons