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.

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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Latest News

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues
Nov 03, 2017

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues

I wanted to highlight a few of our faculty and staff members who recently won national awards from their perspective professional organizations. It is always an honor to be present at these award receptions to see how dedicated our department is in all of the missions we support – education, research, clinical, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. ... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
Utah AHEC Primary Care Summit
Nov 01, 2017

Utah AHEC Primary Care Summit

The Utah Area Health Education Centers, or Utah AHEC, held its second Annual Utah Primary Care Summit at the University of Utah’s Rice Eccles Stadium Scholarship Room on Oct. 27. The conference was held to share perspectives on the state of Utah’s primary care workforce, celebrate accomplishments from the past year, and identify priorities for the upcoming year with key primary care stakeholders in Utah.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine
PechaKucha Night
Oct 27, 2017

PechaKucha Night

A PechaKucha is a Japanese term for chitchat. Our final event for 2017 will be a first for PechaKucha Night-Salt Lake City! We're partnering with the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science to feature people/organizations/projects that promote wellness through collaborations between academic research, arts, and the public.... Read More

Family and Preventive Medicine

Program Director

Karen Mulitalo
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C


Jose Escalante and Alexandra Locke in being accepted to the 2017 PAEA Future Educator Fellows

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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.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

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