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The Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) at the University of Utah, School of Medicine is one of the oldest PA programs in the country, and has held continued accreditation since 1971. We are proud of our heritage that includes the MEDEX model and co-sponsorship of the Utah Medical Association, the largest constituency association in the state of Utah. As a program created from the MEDEX model, UPAP is committed to training PAs who will be prepared to meet the challenges of providing high quality care to patients in medically underserved and rural communities. UPAP has been consistently ranked as top a Top 10 PA Program in the country by the US News and World Report since rankings have been provided in 2004. We are honored to be part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine with campuses located both in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah. Our PA program is the oldest, continuously accredited program in the western United States.

Distant Campus in St. George, Utah

The University of Utah Physician Assistant Program received accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in April 2018 to establish the distant campus in St. George, Utah in the Russel C. Taylor Health Science Center at Dixie State University and adjoining to Dixie Regional Medical Center, a level II trauma center that is the major medical referral center for Northwestern Arizona, Southeastern Nevada, and Southern Utah.

Requirements for candidates interested in the St. George campus will be the same as those for the Salt Lake City campus. Please visit our admissions webpages for requirements.

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Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Utah Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of Utah School of Medicine and the Utah Medical Association. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 March 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Program Director

Jared Spackman
Jared Spackman, MPAS, PA-C

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