Master of Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

The UVU PA Program is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 95 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. The curriculum structure is specially designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become competent PAs who demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in more effective and compassionate patient care. All MPAS didactic courses are offered and must be fulfilled on location at UVU west campus. There are no provisions for substituting or waiving program courses.


1. Acceptance into the UVU Physician Assistant Program. 

Acceptance is determined through a competitive application process. Contact the Director of Admissions or reference the UVU Physician Assistant Program website for current cohort information.  Successful applicants are awarded a seat in a specific cohort.

2.  Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or Canada prior to application submission.

3.  Prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to application submission. 

Courses must have a letter grade of a C or better.  AP/CLEP courses are not accepted toward any of the prerequisite courses.


a. Human Anatomy with Lab:  4 semester hours required, completed within seven years of the application deadline. 

b. Human Physiology with Lab:  4 semester hours required, completed within seven years of the application deadline.  

c. Chemistry with Lab:  8 semester hours required

d. Biology with Lab:  4 semester hours required

e. Microbiology with Lab:  4 semester hours required

f. Statistics:  3 semester hours required

4.  A minimum of 2,000 hours of direct patient care is required for application consideration. 

5. Complete the UVU Graduate Studies Application and pay the required application fee.

6. English Language Proficiency (TOEFL) scores will be required for all students whose native language is not English.

7. Complete an interview day with the program. 

Interviews will be offered to top candidates who meet or exceed admissions criteria and have received a recommendation for an interview following the admissions committee screening process.  A final cohort of students will be selected from interviewed candidates.

8.  Students who are accepted into the program must pay a non-refundable seat deposit by the required deadline.

9. Immunizations and Health Requirements

Students are required to have up to date immunizations and TB testing based on current Center for Disease Control recommendation and Utah state guidelines. Students must have a health clearance form completed by a qualified medical provider verifying the ability to perform the essential functions of a physician assistant (see technical standard requirements in the student handbook). Provide proof of current health insurance coverage.