School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Studies - Program

About Us

About Us

Curriculum Emphasis

The emphasis our mission-based curriculum is educating physician assistants to evaluate, diagnose, and manage acute and chronic conditions in patients of all ages utilizing a primary care model. The program trains physician assistants to work with physicians as part of a health care team to improve the quality and access to primary care. At the successful completion of training, students are awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.

Program Training

Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) students are trained at the University of Utah's Health Sciences Center, major affiliated hospitals, and in clinics and private primary care practices within the region. UPAP curriculum is divided into two phases providing both didactic classroom instruction and supervised clinical practice experiences. The didactic phase consists of pre-class material, 15 months of classroom instruction, completion of a master’s project in partnership with a community partner. The clinical phase involves 3 consecutive semesters of intense clinical training in core and elective rotations. Students additionally can expect to complete at least one rotation in a rural/underserved setting.