laboratoryThe UAB Physician Assistant Studies program was founded in 1967. It is the second oldest PA program in the nation and was established only two years after the birth of the PA profession. The UAB PA program provides intense didactic and clinical experiences in primary care, medicine and surgery. In fact, our program is one of the few PA programs that offers both a cadaveric dissection experience to supplement our anatomy course, and a live pig lab to provide a practical, hands-on experience to strengthen the surgical component of our core curriculum.

Students in the PA program have an opportunity to study within the UAB Hospital system, which is noted to be one of the top medical centers in the U.S. Our students also have opportunities to complete clinical rotations in emergency medicine, primary care, trauma, critical care, and surgery, at clinical sites located within and surrounding the Birmingham area. Graduates of our 27-month program earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree.

View information about the coordinated Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and Master in Public Health (MSPAS/MPH) dual degree program.

View our NCCPA PANCE Performance Summary Report and Student Attrition Table for the program.

For more information about the Physician Assistant Studies program, call us at 205-975-4237 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Professional Licensure and Certifications

The UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that will prepare them for professional certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). While there is a national certification exam that is offered by NCCPA, board certification does not confer state licensure. Specific licensure requirements vary by state. Please visit the Professional Licensure and Certification General Disclosures webpage for more information on state licensure requirements.

External Addiction Medicine Rotation

The UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program welcomes qualified PA students from other institutions to apply for the four-week addiction medicine elective rotation. The opportunity is made possible through the PA Training Enhancement Initiative, which was awarded funding from HRSA. The specialized elective, available June-November 2022, will enhance students' training in opioid and other substance use disorders.

Applications are due March 31, 2022. Accepted applicants are provided free housing.

View more information about the Addiction Medicine Rotation and apply today. 


Faculty & Staff


PA Program: $1.4M+ HRSA Grant

PA Program: $1.4M+ HRSA Grant

Chair Kathy Nugent

Chair Kathy Nugent

UAB PA Awards

UAB PA Awards