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Physician Assistant Program (Minnesota)

Program description

The Physician Assistant Program is a tri-partnership through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital and Mayo School of Health Sciences. Students enrolled in the physician assistant master's program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse complete clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic or other practice sites as part of their education.

The program's curriculum includes a 12-month preclinical phase consisting primarily of classroom and laboratory activities at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A subsequent 12-month clinical phase involves rotations in the clinical specialties, including a two-month family medicine preceptorship.

These clinical experiences are provided at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital and other practice sites in southwestern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

Accreditation

The Physician Assistant Program tri-partnership through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital and Mayo School of Health Sciences is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This association allows program graduates to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Affiliated institution

To participate in the Physician Assistant Program at Mayo School of Health Sciences, students must be enrolled in a PA program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Facilities (clinical rotations)

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive campus that provides students with both inpatient and outpatient experiences, as well as substantial research and education facilities.

Mayo Clinic Health System is composed of facilities in more than 70 communities across southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa to provide both inpatient and outpatient experiences.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program, graduates from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse receive a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in physician assistant studies.

Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Class size

Each year, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital and Mayo School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program admit up to 19 students. This class size ensures that students receive one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

  • Nov 4, 2016
  • ART864242