RIT's physician assistant class of 2016 is the first to go through the five-year B.S./M.S. degree and represents a new phase of the Physician Assistant program at RIT. The cohort class is training to be nationally certified, state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine on health-care teams with physicians and other providers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks physician assistants as the 13th fastest-growing occupation in the country, with faster-than-average increases expected to reach 38 percent by 2022. The median annual wage as of 2012 was $90,930. More.