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University of Utah    
  Nov 22, 2017
2017-2018 General Catalog

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

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Physician Assistant Program

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies emphasizes both didactic and clinical learning experiences for students with clinical experience. Graduates are awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) Degree and a certificate of completion endorsed by the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Utah Medical Association. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants which is prepared by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Upon passing the national exam, they are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

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First Year

The first year of UPAP consists of four consecutive semesters or 15 months of courses with a solid classroom foundation of lectures, small group activities, hands-on workshops, and clinical experiences.

Second Year

After students have successfully completed the didactic phase of the program, they begin three semesters (12 months) of intensive clinical training. Currently we utilize a hybrid clinical model placing a strong emphasis on extended primary care as well as shorter clerkships. Students are exposed to a variety of clinical settings and patient populations during their clinical year. Students are not responsible for finding their own clinical rotations. A reliable method of transportation is required during the clinical year, and students may be asked to commute to several sites throughout the year. All clinical placements and rotations that are arranged by clinical faculty will be assigned in a neutral and non-discriminatory fashion, without regard to a student’s gender, age, race, sexual orientation, religious preference, or ethnicity.

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