We offer distance tracks for students who live within driving distance of Madison or those who wish to practice in a medically underserved area. Both tracks take 36 months to complete (24 months half-time didactic instruction and 12 months full-time clinical training).

We are unable to accept applications from those living in California for our MUA distance track due to federal regulations.

Delivery

  • Lectures and discussions held asynchronously through the School of Medicine and Public Health video library and UW-Madison course management system
  • Medically underserved area (MUA): Labs conducted twice a semester at the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) in Madison
  • Local: Labs and hands-on activities conducted at least once per week at the HSLC. Students will be expected to commute to Madison, up to several times per week, on a regular basis.

Structure

  • Part-time, two years of didactics and one year clinical rotation. All three years done in or around distance student’s home community.
  • MUA: Distance students will be in Madison for the first summer of the program (10 weeks) and twice per semester (each visit lasting two to four days) thereafter.
  • Local: Students will be at the HSLC daily for the first summer of the program (10 weeks) and at least once per week during the two years of their didactic education.
  • 36 months total completion

Target

  • MUA: Students who meet our mission, have a strong connection to their community and a desire to practice there as a PA after graduation. Wisconsin residents who live in medically underserved communities get preference in the application process. 
  • Local: Wisconsin residents who meet our mission, have a strong connection to their community and a desire to practice there as a PA after graduation. Applicants must have extensive health care experience and live within driving distance of campus.