Start a career in a rewarding, high-demand sector of health
care: join the Northern Arizona
University Physician Assistant (PA) program, Arizona’s only public university
PA program. You will study in the state-of-the-art Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a
28-acre medical and bioscience campus in downtown Phoenix. The program operates in collaboration with the University of Arizona - Phoenix College of Medicine.
Our program offers:
Upon completion of the program, you will graduate
with a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).
We offer real-world experience
The program’s location in Phoenix will offer you real-world
education in well-established hospitals and clinics, and in cooperation with
other public university colleges of medicine, nursing, public health, and
Compassion, diversity, and quality—our mission shapes your education
The mission of the Northern Arizona University Physician Assistant
Program is to recruit individuals of the highest possible quality from diverse
backgrounds and life experiences to the profession.
We will equip you with clinical and professional
knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide high-quality, compassionate medical
care for the people of Arizona. Read more
In addition, the Physician Assistant Program strives to:
a broad, interdisciplinary medical education that will allow you to adapt
to the changing healthcare environment, with a focus on evidence-based
- prepare graduates to
practice in diverse settings throughout Arizona, with special emphasis on
rural communities and other underserved communities utilize
technology and innovative strategies to effectively and efficiently equip you
with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a competent
healthcare provider and life-long learner
a tradition of excellence in preparing you to successfully complete the
national certification examination and to perform among the top programs
in the country
- develop faculty and staff members with a
commitment to excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship
Advocates for military veterans
Military corpsmen have played a key role in the creation of the physician assistant profession and this program honors that role in its support of veteran applicants and enrollees. The program provides military veterans a cost-effective transition from military service into a new service career as physician assistants. NAU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs and Financial Aid Office offer assistance with military education benefits, loans, and scholarships.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional to the Northern Arizona University Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status and is limited to no more than three years for any program.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is an independent accrediting body authorized to accredit qualified PA educational programs leading to the professional credential, Physician Assistant (PA).
Our success in meeting our goals
Of our first and most recent graduating class, over 95% have remained in Arizona, over 50% have taken jobs in primary care, and 58% practice in medically underserved communities. In the last academic year, 79% of the students’ clinical rotations were completed in a rural or medically underserved areas of Arizona. Almost 70% of our current first year class consists of individuals who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, first generation college attendees, military veterans, or underrepresented minority. Our students have many opportunities to learn and perform service within a wide variety of interprofessional experience, as well as train in a state of the art facility built specifically to encourage rich interprofessional day-to-day learning opportunities. Our first graduating cohort had a first time PANCE rate well above the national average.
Graduate performance on certification exam (PANCE)
The NAU PA Program graduated its first cohort in August 2014. The 24 graduates of the Class of 2014 attained a 96% pass rate on the PANCE. The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report can be found here.