Physician Assistant Studies

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The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is the #16 graduate program in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The program continues the annual climb in the national rankings jumping 9 notches this year. Join this acclaimed program and you will study within one of the top medical centers in the U.S. and you will have opportunities to participate in clinical rotations in emergency medicine, primary care, trauma, critical care and surgery in over 50 different rotations located within and outside the university.

View our NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report for the program.

General Information:  205-975-4CDS (205-975-4237)    Email:


IconAll applications to the PA Program are made through a centralized application process called CASPA.  Please select this link to learn more about specific UAB Physician Assistant Program admissions requirements and the application process.


MSPAS MPH iconThe coordinated Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health (MSPAS-MPH) dual degree program will prepare physician assistant students for leadership roles that address community health care needs. The program aims to increase the number of high quality primary care clinicians with public health expertise and thus improve access, quality and cost of care. This plan of study provides students with a thorough understanding of the social and environmental determinants of health, population disease prevention and health promotion strategies, health disparities, epidemiological research analysis and healthcare quality improvement capabilities.


CurriculumIcon2The didactic component of the PA program consists of courses in human gross anatomy, medical physiology and pathology. There are medical and surgical courses in clinical medicine, surgical diseases, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, history and physical examination, electrocardiography and simulations laboratories. The clinical year consists of 7 core rotations and 5 elective rotations. Please check the Graduate Catalog for the current curriculum.


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Learn more about the UAB PA Program from our Frequently Asked Questions. And do know that we provide information sessions, open to anyone interested, to discuss our application process, mission, curriculum, costs, and outcomes throughout the year. The next sessions are set for spring 2016 and a seat may be reserved by calling 205-934-3209 or emailing us at

Clinical Education Sites

Clinical IconThe didactic year provides relevant theoretical frameworks for patient care necessary to provide excellence in patient care management.  Clinical education reinforces these concepts by providing opportunities to apply knowledge in clinical settings with actual patients.


PA IconThe UAB PA program knows that our students and graduates are the strength of our program. The diversity of our students'  backgrounds and regional diversity enhance the richness of the experience at UAB. Focusing on academics and clinical rotations is only a part of the education experience. Community service, increasing the PA visibility (locally, regionally and nationally), professional involvement and participation in the SAAAPA Challenge Bowl and student organizations are also very important. See what our students and alumni are doing...

Faculty and Staff

FacultyStaff IconOur faculty create a culture of innovation and collaboration that embraces social responsibility and entrepreneurial principles. UAB faculty are teachers, scholars, researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs who earn the highest honors in their fields, lead professional societies and provide exceptional mentoring and training.

Program Outcomes

Outcome IconThe UAB PA program faculty has established performance indicators, outcome objectives and goals for the program. The program faculty regularly monitors and evaluates progress towards meeting its stated goals and objectives. Program faculty continually assess student's acquisition of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors. Student and graduate surveys are conducted to determine satisfaction with the following: admissions and orientation; student services and resources; policies and procedures; and the didactic and clinical. Goals, Indicators, and Outcomes Report

Program Accreditation

ARC-PA Icon2The Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).
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The Physician Assistant Studies Program degree program is designed to lead to a professional licensure (certification), Master of Physician Assistant Studies. While there is a national professional exam, Physician Assistant National Certification Examination, associated with the physician assistant licensure, specific licensure requirements still vary from state to state and by professional organization (if applicable). UAB is working to develop an online, publicly-accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact UAB State Authorization at, or call Dr. Lisa Reburn at (205) 934-3258.