The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Dubuque Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by University of Dubuque.
The Physician Assistant (PA) program will welcome its inaugural class of 25 students in August from a pool of over 500 applications. As a graduate-level program, the PA program will consist of a 27 month, year-round curriculum with 15 months of academic coursework followed by 12 months of clinical rotations in Dubuque and tri-state area hospitals and clinics.
The first cohort of students will graduate December 2018, and they will be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam to become certified physician assistants.
Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed and credentialed to practice medicine with physician supervision. They perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery, and more in a variety of settings such as clinics, emergency rooms, and hospitals.