Students completing the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant Program receive a master of physician assistant studies degree designed to train generalist practitioners with the capacity for specialty practice.

The curriculum is built upon the foundation of competency-based training and practice. The PA profession ensures that programs provide educational experiences for physician assistants to acquire and demonstrate competencies in the areas of medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and systems-based practice.

Physician assistant students in the simulation lab

The Physician Assistant Program curriculum integrates these competencies throughout the students’ physician assistant training to provide a strong foundation, fostering scientific inquiry, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, cultural competency and integrative learning. Principles of lifelong learning and professionalism encourage growth and enhance graduates in meeting future needs of patients and the medical profession.

All students will complete a required curriculum. Additional master of public health (MPH) coursework is required for the MPAS/MPH dual degree option.

Education plans for students of all backgrounds

We offer five unique tracks, providing flexibility and opportunities for students with special interests in public health or caring for patients in underserved areas. Learn about each track below.