“The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at Utah Valley University is to graduate academically and clinically prepared compassionate providers who strengthen our regional healthcare workforce through exceptional patient care.”

Program Goals


Recruit qualified applicants who can successfully practice within the UVU service region (Utah, Wasatch, and Summit Counties) and the Wasatch Front.

Indicator of success:

  • More than half of admitted students will come from the UVU service region or from the sponsoring institution
  • Students will complete 50% of SCPEs within the UVU service region


Provide physician assistant educational and training opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those who are first generation to college.

Indicator of success:

  • 10% of accepted students will be first generation to college based on institutional criteria
  • 20% of accepted students will come from disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by HRSA


Students will develop and display professionalism

Indicator of success:

  • All students will increase or maintain their emotional intelligence score
  • 100% of graduating students will demonstrate professionalism as defined by the program competencies


Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be successful, competent PAs.

Indicator of success:

  • Five-year average first-time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average as reported by the NCCPA
  • Average of 4 (on a 5-point Likert scale) or higher on Graduate Survey

Message from our Director

Karen Mulitalo

Hello Prospective Students!


I'm excited about Utah Valley University's Physician Assistant program! Our team aims to provide our students with the highest-quality educational experiences. The innovative program design will help you master the skills you'll need to enjoy a successful career as a PA. We have listened to the needs of the local patient populations and employers along the Wasatch Front to develop a dynamic curriculum.  Not only will graduates enjoy an extraordinary career by which they can provide for themselves and their families, but they will also make meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of the communities they serve.


Join us, at UVU!


Karen Mulitalo - MPAS, PA-C