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About PA Programs

As of March 2015, there were 190 accredited physician assistant programs in the U.S.1   All PA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  The governing body of the ARC-PA includes members from the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association.  There are currently five programs in the state of Wisconsin:  UW Madison, UW La Crosse, Marquette University, Carroll University and Concordia University. 

Most PA programs are approximately 26 months in length.  The didactic portion of the program (typically 12-15 months in length) includes classroom study in behavioral/social and clinical preparatory sciences including: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medical ethics, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, pathophysiology, public health, and clinical medicine. The clinical portion of a PA program encompasses over 2,000 hours of full time clinical rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral/mental health, and general surgery, as well as electives selected by the student (medical or surgical subspecialties.)2

1. Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Accredited PA Programs

2. American Academy of Physician Assistants website

 

WI PA Progams

Carroll University

100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI  53186
(262) 524-7361
Email
Webpage
Credentials Awarded: Masters
GRE Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE
CASPA Participating Program
Application Deadline: October 1
No Supplemental Application

Concordia University – Wisconsin

12800 N. Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI  53097
(262) 243-4437
Email
Webpage
Credentials Awarded: Masters
TOEFL for nonnative English speakers
CASPA Participating Program
Application Deadline: September 1
No Supplemental Application

Marquette University

1700 W. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI  53233
(414) 288-5688
Email
Webpage
Credentials Awarded: Masters
GRE Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE
CASPA Participating Program
Application Deadline: September 1
Supplemental Application Required ($65)

University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse

1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601-3742
(608) 785-8474
Email
Webpage
Credentials Awarded: Masters
GRE Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE
CASPA Participating Program
Application Deadline: August 1
Supplemental Application Required ($50)

University of Wisconsin – Madison

750 Highland Avenue
Room 1278 HSLC
Madison, WI  53705
(608) 263-5620
Email
Webpage
Credentials Awarded: Masters
TOEFL Required (for international applicants)
CASPA Participating Program
Application Deadline: August 1
No Supplemental Application

 

Other Resources:

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)