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

Requirements

The Utah Valley University Master of Physician Assistant Studies is a two-year graduate level degree that prepares students to successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Using evidence-based medicine, engaged learning, and early patient-provider experiences, the program will reinforce team practice and patient advocacy/education that will result in excellent patient outcomes.

Through a comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum, the program will train exceptional PAs that will not only be prepared to provide quality primary healthcare, but will be compassionate, culturally-sensitive, critical thinkers committed to their patients in an ever-changing and diverse population within their respective communities.

Total Program Credits: 95

Matriculation Requirements:   

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution is the basic requirement for admission into the program (with official transcripts from all institutions attended). The degree can be in any discipline, provided that the student meets the expected GPA and prerequisite coursework.   

The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must not have earned below a 2.0 on any pre-requisite coursework, although extenuating circumstance may be considered.

Pre-requisite Coursework:

  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)

  • General Biology

  • Chemistry (8 credits), lab may be included

  • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • Medical Terminology

Note: pre-requisite coursework does not include AP courses and should not be older than seven  years prior to application to the PA program. The science-based pre-requisites must be completed prior to the application deadline (November  1 st ).  

CASPer  Test

The  CASPer  Test is an  examination which  identifies characteristics of successful student s .  The exam  can be taken  at https://takecaspter.com. Scores  are reported  upon completion of the exam.  

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of  three  letters of recommendation are required for the application process.  Letters should not be from friends or relatives, but should come from a mix of current professors, current/prior employers , and one  letter shou ld be from a PA or a physician.  Letters should be submitted directly through the CASPA system prior to the November  1 st  deadline (no exceptions).

UVU Graduate School Application

The UVU Graduate School Application is required for admission into the PA program. The application will be found on the UVU PA website   and is due prior to the November  1 st  deadline.

Personal Interview

All candidates  will be screened  and those deemed to meet or exceed basic application requirements will be invited for an interview.  This interview  does not  guarantee acceptance into the program  as  students will compete with all other applicants for matriculation into a cohort. Applicants must bring a photo ID to the interview.

Health Care Experience

A minimum of 1, 2 00  hours of health care experience, which is at least  six  months full-time equivalent.  Although this is a minimum for application,  t he national average for  competitive  applicants  is  between  4 , 000-5 , 000  patient contact  hour s.  Hours  may be projected  to the deadline for early applicants, and applicants  are encouraged  to apply early.

All forms of health care experience* are considered toward the minimum requirement, with direct hands-on patient care experience being most preferred. 

Health care hours are subject to verification; the program may contact supervisors to confirm reported hours. Paid experience is weighted more heavily than  volunteer .

* Does not include administrative work  in  healthcare settings .

Other Determining Factors

  • Prior work experience (health care preferred, but not required, may include medical scribe, radiology technician, emergency medical technician, paramedic, respiratory therapist, medical assistant, registered nurse, etc.)
  • Shadowing opportunities ( two  are recommended)

  • Demonstration of community service

  • Level of maturity

  • Honors, awards and other recognition

  • Discipline for academic performance

  • Conviction of misdemeanor or felony

 
Discipline Core Requirements:   95 Credits
  PAS 6601 Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant 3
  PAS 6602 Physiology/Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant I 3
  PAS 6603 Physiology/Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant II 3
  PAS 6604 History and Physical Diagnosis 4
  PAS 6605 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant I 3
  PAS 6606 Clinical Decision Making I 1
  PAS 6607 Clinical Decision Making II 1
  PAS 6608 Clinical Decision Making III 1
  PAS 6609 The PA Profession 2
  PAS 6610 Clinical Medicine I 3
  PAS 6611 Clinical Medicine II 3
  PAS 6612 Clinical Medicine III 3
  PAS 6613 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant II 3
  PAS 6614 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant III 3
  PAS 6615 Physical Examination and Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant I 3
  PAS 6616 Physical Examination and Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant II 3
  PAS 6617 Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant I 3
  PAS 6618 Special Topics in Medicine 1
  PAS 6619 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant IV 3
  PAS 6620 Special Populations 3
  PAS 6621 Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant II 3
  PAS 6622 Health Care Delivery Systems and Medical Ethics 2
  PAS 6623 Clinical Medicine IV 1
  PAS 6624 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
  PAS 6625 Internal Medicine/Hospitalist-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6626 Womens Health-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6627 Pediatrics-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6628 Capstone I 1
  PAS 6629 Capstone II 1
  PAS 6630 Capstone III 1
  PAS 6631 Emergency Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6632 General Surgery-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6633 Behavioral Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6634 Family Medicine I-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6635 Family Medicine II-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6636 Orthopedics-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
  PAS 6638 Physician Assistant Practice 1
  PAS 663R Special Topics in Physician Assistant Practice 3

Graduation Requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained within program.
  2. Residency requirements for the Physician Assistant Studies is 100%. No transfer or advanced placement credit is accepted.

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

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
 PAS 6601 Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant 3
 PAS 6602 Physiology/ Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant I 3
 PAS 6609 The PA Profession 2
 PAS 6604 History and Physical Diagnosis 4
PAS 6606 Clinical Decision Making I  1
PAS 6605 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant I 3
  Total  16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
PAS 6610 Clinical Medicine I 3
PAS 6613 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant II 3
PAS 6615 Physical Examination and Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant I 3
PAS 6617 Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant I 3
PAS 6607 Clinical Decision Making II 1
PAS 6618 Special Topics in Medicine 1
PAS 6603 Physiology/ Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant II 3
  Total 17
Semester 3   Course Title Credit Hours
PAS 6611 Clinical Medicine II 3
PAS 6614 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant III 3
PAS 6616 Physical Examination and Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant II 3
PAS 6620 Special Populations 3
PAS 6608 Clinical Decision Making III  1
PAS 6621 Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant II 3
  Total  16
Semester 4   Course Title Credit Hours
PAS 6612 Clinical Medicine III 3
PAS 6622 Health Care Delivery Systems and Medical Ethics 2
PAS 6624 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
PAS 6619 Pharmacology/Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant IV 3
  Total 11
Semester 5   Credit Hours
PAS 6623 Clinical Medicine IV 1
PAS 6625 Internal Medicine/Hospitalist-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6626 Women's Health-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6627 Pediatrics-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6628 Capstone I  1
  Total  11
Semester 6   Credit Hours
PAS 6631 Emergency Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6632 General Surgery-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6633 Behavioral Medicine-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6634 Family Medicine I-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6629 Capstone II  1
  Total  13
Semester 7   Credit Hours
PAS 6636 Orthopedics-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 6635 Family Medicine II-Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 3
PAS 663R Special Topics in Physician Assistant Practice 3
PAS 6638 Physician Assistant Practice 1
PAS 6630 Capstone III 1
  Total  11
  Degree Total 95

Department

College of Health and Public Service

 
 

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Advisor and Administrative Support: Michelle Bastian
  • Office: HP 102
  • Telephone: 801-863-7982
  • Email:  Mbastian@uvu.edu

Program Description

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at UVU is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 95 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. There are 15 months of didactic coursework and 13 months of rotations.  A new cohort starts in January of each year. 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 patient care.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum Cumulative GPA (as determined by CASPA): 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. Minimum Science GPA (as determined by CASPA): 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  5. Courses must have been taken in the last 10 years. AP credit is not accepted.
    • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
    • General Biology with lab (4 credits)
    • Chemistry-lab may be included (8 credits)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
    • Human Physiology (4 credits)
    • Medical Terminology (2 credits)*Available online at UVU
  6. 1000 hours minimum healthcare experience (direct patient care preferred)
  7. PA shadowing is required. No minimum hours. Recommended to shadow a variety of PAs.
  8. Three letters of recommendation in application through CASPA
  9. Preferred: academic professor or advisor, medical provider, and supervisor
  10. Deadlines and further information are available on the program website: www.uvu.edu/physicianassistant
 
 
2019-20 Master of Physician Assistant Studies--Tuition and Fee Schedule
Resident     Non-Resident
Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total   Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
1 $856 $35 $891   1 $1,626 $35 $1,661
2 $1,712 $70 $1,782   2 $3,252 $70 $3,322
3 $2,568 $105 $2,673   3 $4,878 $105 $4,983
4 $3,424 $140 $3,564   4 $6,504 $140 $6,644
5 $4,280 $175 $4,455   5 $8,130 $175 $8,305
6 $5,136 $210 $5,346   6 $9,756 $210 $9,966
7 $5,992 $245 $6,237   7 $11,382 $245 $11,627
8 $6,848 $280 $7,128   8 $13,008 $280 $13,288
9 $7,704 $315 $8,019   9 $14,634 $315 $14,949
10 $8,560 $350 $8,910   10 $16,260 $350 $16,610
11 $8,560 $350 $8,910   11 $16,260 $350 $16,610
12 $8,560 $350 $8,910   12 $16,260 $350 $16,610
13 $8,560 $350 $8,910   13 $16,260 $350 $16,610
14 $8,560 $350 $8,910   14 $16,260 $350 $16,610
15 $8,560 $350 $8,910   15 $16,260 $350 $16,610
16 $8,560 $350 $8,910   16 $16,260 $350 $16,610
17 $8,560 $350 $8,910   17 $16,260 $350 $16,610
18 $8,560 $350 $8,910   18 $16,260 $350 $16,610
19 $8,560 $350 $8,910   19 $16,260 $350 $16,610
20 $8,560 $350 $8,910   20 $16,260 $350 $16,610

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