Earn a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies
24-month continuous program is a collaboration between Northern Arizona
University and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, located in sunny,
downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
first year of curriculum consists of courses taught at the Phoenix
and the second year of curriculum includes supervised clinical rotations
located in diverse geographical areas of Arizona, as well as regularly
scheduled multi-day meetings at the Phoenix campus.
class of 50 students is admitted in August each year.
Requirements for admission
Tuition and fees
is a Physician Assistant (PA)?
1. Physician Assistants are health care
professionals licensed to practice medicine in a healthcare team. PAs are
educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training.
2. PAs are trained in intensive education
programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the
Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination
developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA).
4. As part of their comprehensive
responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses,
order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in
surgery, and in virtually all states can write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship,
physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a
broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA’s practice may also include education,
research, and administrative services.
enroll in this program through Northern Arizona University?
- Our program is
strong because of Northern Arizona University’s long history of quality
Health Science education and is further enhanced by our partnership with
the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix.
- Study occurs in the world-class Health Sciences Education Building with up-to-date
technology, simulation center and inter-professional learning environment, and in supervised clinical experiences throughout Arizona.
- The NAU
Department of Physician Assistant Studies offers the only state school PA
program in Arizona.
- The faculty have
a long-established reputation for quality PA education and clinical
Our philosophy and what to expect
program is based on the philosophy that PAs can make a difference providing
healthcare in underserved and rural areas of Arizona. During the clinical year,
students will be educated in community health clinics, Indian health service
facilities, and other community-based institutions. Students are encouraged to
apply to become National Health Service Corps scholars. The program will work
with the state’s 5 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and the Arizona Alliance
of Community Health Centers (AACHC) to identify rural healthcare sites for
additional learning experiences.
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