Physician Assistant Program

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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. Located within the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the program is co-sponsored by the Utah Medical Association. 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, and the program has refined its curriculum and format to provide the best combination of didactic and clinical training to accomplish this mission.

Remote Campus in St. George, Utah

The University of Utah Physician Assistant Program has applied to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to establish a distant campus in St. George, Utah, in the health sciences facilities on the campus of Dixie State University.

The U of U PA Program at Dixie State University anticipates matriculating a class of 16 students in May of 2018, pending final approval by ARC-PA. Candidates may apply to the Dixie campus in the next CASPA application cycle, opening in April of 2017. Requirements for candidates interested in the Dixie campus will be the same as those for the Salt Lake City campus. Please visit our admissions webpages for requirements.

A Community Open House is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 6th at the Taylor Health Science Building, 1526 Medical Center Drive, in St. George. To register to attend, click here.

Mission & Vision


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


The University of Utah Physician Assistant Program 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

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Program Director

Karen Mulitalo
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C
PA Week

Students honored with scholarships

Class 47 student Health Hollier was selected for the AAPA Oral Health SIG Mentorship Program and given a Scholarship.

Class 47 student Ben Rich was awarded the National Health Service Corps scholarship.

Congratulations to them both!

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Utah Physician Assistant Program
375 Chipeta Way, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Phone: (801) 581-7766