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Welcome to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies

To increase access to health care, with a focus on medically underserved communities, by educating highly qualified physician assistants in the primary care model.


  • Recruit and educate diverse, service-oriented PA students.
  • Provide skilled physician assistants to decrease health care disparities in the diverse communities in which they serve.
  • Prepare graduates to deliver culturally sensitive patient-centered evidence based care as members of the interprofessional team.
  • Promote and expand the PA profession through leadership, scholarship and service.

The University of Utah Physician Assistant Studies will be a leader in PA education by providing an innovative and equitable academic and clinical environment to inspire graduates to fulfill our mission while also contributing to the growth of the profession.

To achieve our vision the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program will:

Sustain and foster inclusion and diversity

Promote primary care as a means to relieve health disparities

Create life long learners

Encourage collaboration and leadership in local, national and global communities

Teaching Excellence
Inclusivity & Diversity
Visionary (Innovative)

Interim Division Chief

Karen Mulitalo
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C