Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

CUW’s Physician Assistant program teaches you the skills you’ll need to care for patients in mind, body and spirit.

Program Highlights

CUW’s PA program offers you:

  • Personalized teaching and small class sizes
  • Emphasis on preventative medicine and primary care
  • Community service opportunities
  • Dedicated, experienced faculty
  • Early hands-on learning
  • A simulation lab and newly renovated cadaver lab
  • Eligibility to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) upon graduation

Mission Statement

The Physician Assistant program at CUW prepares students to become competent physician assistants who provide high quality health care in a respectful, culturally sensitive, caring, and knowledgeable manner.  CUW PA graduates are committed to caring for patients in mind, body and spirit with an emphasis on primary care and preventive medicine as well as continual lifelong learning.

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 115

Program Overview and Goals

The CUW Physician Assistant program is a 26-month, full-time curriculum that prepares you to provide high-quality health care in a respectful, caring manner.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Educate physician assistants in primary care, preventive medicine and health literacy.
  • Prepare physician assistants to interact with diverse, medically underserved populations.
  • Instill the importance of professionalism.
  • Provide opportunities for interprofessional education in order to work effectively as a health care team member.

Learning Outcomes

PA graduates will:
  • Apply medical knowledge to practice and evaluate patient care in a legal, culturally sensitive, and ethical manner
  • Perform minor medical and surgical procedures including first or second assistant in the operating room
  • Interpret medical lab and radiologic tests
  • Demonstrate the ability to instruct patients and families on medically related conditions that take into consideration the mind, body, and spirit
  • Work as part of a health care team
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate with other health care professionals, families, and patients in both written and oral formats
  • Provide culturally sensitive, ethical, and legal patient care in a professional manner
  • Respect patient rights and comply with HIPAA
  • Analyze the medical literature and apply best practices to clinical decision making
  • Navigate diverse health care delivery systems and utilize resources to provide best practices

Professional Certifications

Graduates of the PA program are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from CUW and are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

Financial Aid

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