Considering physician assistant education at UW-Madison?
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.