ARC-PA 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards.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.

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) data is provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).


We are committed to helping our students succeed during their education and in job placement after graduation.

Program goals and outcomes
PA students working together on a mannequin in a lab



The University of Wisconsin–Madison Physician Assistant (PA) program was founded


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)


Joined the School of Medicine and Public Health’s nationally acclaimed Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


Launched Traditional Distance Education (tDE) option


Moved PA program to state-of-the-art Health Sciences Learning Center


Transitioned from a baccalaureate program to a master’s program, offering the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree


Opened wisPACT@UW-Stevens Point at Wausau campus program


Matriculated first cohort of MPH-MPAS dual degree students


Launched Regional Distance Education (rDE) option


Received 5-year HRSA funding to increase mission match learners, create curriculum around behavioral health, SUD and addiction medicine and enhance student, faculty and preceptor wellness


Accepted 10 students in the wisPACT@UW-Platteville campus program