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Master of Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

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Requirements

The UVU PA Program is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 95 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. The curriculum structure is specially designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become competent PAs who demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in more effective and compassionate patient care.

All MPAS didactic courses are offered and must be fulfilled on location at UVU west campus. There are no provisions for substituting or waiving program courses.

Total Program Credits: 95

Matriculation Requirements:    

1. Acceptance into the UVU Physician Assistant Program. Acceptance is determined through a competitive application process. Contact the Director of Admissions or reference the UVU Physician Assistant Program website for current cohort information.  Successful applicants are awarded a seat in a specific cohort.

2. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or Canada prior to application submission. 

3. Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to application submission. Courses must have a letter grade of a C or better.  AP/CLEP courses are not accepted toward any of the prerequisite courses.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

  1. a. Human Anatomy with Lab:  4 semester hours required, completed within seven years of the application deadline. 
  2. b. Human Physiology with Lab:  4 semester hours required, completed within seven years of the application deadline.  
  3. c. Chemistry with Lab:  8 semester hours required
  4. d. Biology with Lab:  4 semester hours required
  5. e. Microbiology with Lab:  4 semester hours required
  6. f. Statistics:  3 semester hours required

4. A minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care is required for application consideration.

5. Complete the UVU Graduate Studies Application and pay the required application fee.

6. English Language Proficiency (TOEFL) scores will be required for all students whose native language is not English.

7. Complete an interview day with the program.

8. Students who are accepted into the program must pay a non-refundable seat deposit by the required deadline.

9. Immunizations and Health Requirements. Students are required to have up to date immunizations and TB testing based on current Center for Disease Control recommendation and Utah state guidelines. Students must have a health clearance form completed by a qualified medical provider verifying the ability to perform the essential functions of a physician assistant (see technical standard requirements in the student handbook). Provide proof of current health insurance coverage.

Discipline Core Requirements:   95 Credits
  PAS 6701 Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant I 1
  PAS 6702 Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant II 1
  PAS 6703 Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant III 1
  PAS 6711 Physiology/Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant I 2
  PAS 6712 Physiology/Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant II 2
  PAS 6713 Physiology/Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant III 2
  PAS 6721 Clinical Medicine I 3
  PAS 6722 Clinical Medicine II 3
  PAS 6723 Clinical Medicine III 3
  PAS 6724 Clinical Medicine IV 1
  PAS 6731 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant I 3
  PAS 6732 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant II 3
  PAS 6733 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant III 3
  PAS 6734 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant IV 3
  PAS 6741 Clinical Skills I 4
  PAS 6742 Clinical Skills II 3
  PAS 6743 Clinical Skills III 3
  PAS 6751 Clinical Decision Making I 1
  PAS 6752 Clinical Decision Making II 1
  PAS 6753 Clinical Decision Making III 1
  PAS 6761 Behavioral Medicine 3
  PAS 6762 Personal and Clinical Leadership 3
  PAS 6771 Physician Assistant Profession 2
  PAS 6772 Special Populations 3
  PAS 6773 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
  PAS 6774 Supplemental Topics in Medicine 1
  PAS 6775 Health Care Delivery Systems and Medical Ethics 2
  PAS 6776 Physician Assistant Practice 1
  PAS 6781 Capstone I 1
  PAS 6782 Capstone II 1
  PAS 6783 Capstone III 1
  PAS 6790 Family Medicine I-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6791 Family Medicine II-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6792 Behavioral and Mental Health Care-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6793 Womens Health-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6794 Pediatrics-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6795 Emergency Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6796 Surgery-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6797 Internal Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6798 Elective Rotation I-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6799 Elective Rotation II-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained within program.
  2. 100% of the course credits required for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree must be completed at Utah Valley University. No transfer credits will be accepted.
  3. Student must pass the PA Program Summative Exam with a grade of 80% or better in order to graduate.  The Summative Exam is administered in the final semester of the PA Program.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

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Department

Physician Assistant Graduate Program

The Physician Assistant Graduate Program is in the College of Health and Public Service. To find the most up-to-date information on the Physician Assistant Graduate Program, visit their website.

Physician Assistant Graduate Program