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Physician Assistant Program

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program prepares students to be knowledgeable, competent, culturally-sensitive and compassionate physician assistants, committed to excellence in the delivery of comprehensive health care.

Our Flexible Program

Learn more about our three full-time campus options (UW–Madison, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Platteville), as well as part-time and MPH-MPAS dual degree options.

Explore your options
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Learning and Practice

Our primary care-oriented curriculum emphasizes public health, evidence-based medicine and rural health. Hands-on clinical rotations build competencies in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and surgery, and allow you to explore subspecialties.

Points of Pride


Graduates employed at 6 months post-graduation


First-attempt pass rate on PANCE*


Mission Match students**

*Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), 5-year average

**Students from Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Communities (MUC)

Emphasis on Equity

We place an emphasis on primary health care for populations and regions in need and strive to create a culture of anti-racism in our learning community and beyond.

Our mission
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Student Life

Our students work hard, collaborate and build an incredibly strong foundation for future careers. We are committed to supporting you, connecting you with opportunities and helping you grow your network.

Our People

Your experience is shaped by the people who teach, mentor and support you. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping each student define their interests and reach their full potential.

Meet our people
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Hans Dibba
What a diverse and open-minded group of students. Every day I learn from my classmates and it astonishes me how smart and helpful every student is.

Hans Dibba, PA student

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