Considering physician assistant education at UW-Madison?

Learn more about our profession, how to meet with an advisor, requirements for admission, and how to apply to our program.

Six Successes of Our Program

The UW-Madison PA program meets its goals in the following ways:

  • We are committed to comprehensive professional education standards. This is reflected by our program’s continuous accreditation since 1977 from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
  • Our national certification exam pass rate is 96% for first-time takers over the past 5 years (read summary report of UW-Madison vs national average pass rate) We continually strive for a 100% pass rate which we accomplished with the class of 2014.
  • The overall job placement of our students is outstanding – especially in Wisconsin, in primary care, and in areas of medical need. For example, from 2008 through 2014, graduate placement in Wisconsin averaged 68% and placement in primary care averaged 31%. In addition, in 2012-2014, graduate placement in Health Professional Shortage Areas increased from 9% to 27%.  Our goal continues to be clinical employment of 100% for our graduates with 30% practicing in medically underserved areas or  populations and 40% employment in primary care.
  • The goal of the Program is to ensure graduation of all matriculated students.  Our Program has had <1% dismissal over the past 5 years.
  • Our dynamic, primary care-oriented curriculum emphasizes population/public health, evidence-based medicine, genetics, family medicine, cultural competency, rural health, and clinical research methods and design.


What Our Students Say

flaxThe faculty’s passion for both the PA profession and for teaching is evident in the time they put in to ensuring that each of us has a positive experience. Likewise, my classmates are some of the brightest and most motivated people that I have ever met and I could not ask for a better cohort. I am proud to be a part of this program and look forward to representing it as I become a practicing PA.

Rebecca Flax, Class of 2014