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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.

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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