The UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to the preparation and education of knowledgeable, competent, professional and compassionate physician assistants to meet the health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care and service, while significantly contributing to and advancing the PA profession.

Mission

Our mission is to educate professionals committed to the delivery of comprehensive health care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner, with an emphasis on primary health care for populations and regions in need.

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The Physician Assistant Program is committed to recruiting, admitting and graduating a diverse student body.

Vision

We will serve as an academic and professional leader in the physician assistant profession by contributing its strengths in education, distance education, evidence-based practice, public health, community-based training and grant initiatives.

Diversity matters

Diversity is central to the mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and to the UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program in meeting the health needs of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care and service. The UW-Madison PA Program puts specific emphasis on educating professionals committed to the delivery of comprehensive health care in a culturally and ethnically sensitive manner, with an emphasis on primary health care for populations and regions in need.

To achieve this vision, the UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program will recruit, admit and graduate a diverse student body, maintain an open, inclusive and respectful learning environment, and employ a curriculum that embraces individual differences and enhances cultural awareness.

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant Program in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the accreditation standards and ARC-PA policy.

History

  • 1974: The University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant (PA) Program was founded.
  • 1977: The program was awarded accreditation upon the graduation of its first class in 1977 and since that time has been granted continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
  • 1990: The program joins the School of Medicine and Public Health's nationally acclaimed Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
  • 2001: The program launches its Distance Education Track.
  • 2004: The program moves to its new home at the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Learning Center.
  • 2010: The program transitions from a baccalaureate program to a master’s program, offering the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.
  • 2014: The program welcomes the inaugural wisPACT (Wisconsin PA Community-based Track) class.
  • 2018: The program launches its Regional Distance Education Track.