Physician Assistant Program

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant (PA) program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a fantastic opportunity for individuals interested in health care. This is also an opportune time to advance health care knowledge in Nevada due to increasing demands for physicians and the flexibility to change specialties. By participating in the PA program, students will gain the knowledge to perform physical exams, order and review medical testing, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgeries, counsel patients and families on preventive health care, and much more, as part of a physician-PA health care team.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine will offer a high quality educational experience with exceptional faculty that will boost students' prospects for career opportunities upon graduation. Since most PAs will have extensive health care hours prior to admission, and without having to complete a residency program after their education, PAs, after passing a national certifying exam, they can immediately begin working in the health care industry.

Nevada has numerous career opportunities due to its dire need of primary care providers in its many rural and under-served urban communities. This career-path is continually listed as one of the top job choices in America and has an expected 38 percent job growth rate through 2022. The average salary for a PA in Nevada is $94,660, and with a 27-month educational program (which means less tuition than an M.D. program), a PA has more economic and lifestyle flexibility. Opportunities for student loan forgiveness supported by The Nevada Health Service Corps (NHSC) are available for qualifying students and graduates. The NHSC, established in 1989, was created to designate areas of underservice within the State and match practitioners to those areas of need. Go to Nevada Health Service Corps/Nevada State Office of Rural Health for additional information.

The PA program at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine will undoubtedly be beneficial to individuals interested in health care and to local communities unable to keep up with health care demands. As the program nears accreditation, more information will be communicated.

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program - University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). The Physician Assistant Program - University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine anticipates matriculating its first class in May of 2017, pending receipt of Accreditation - Provisional by the ARC-PA commission meeting scheduled for March of 2017. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.

About the physician assistant program

About the Program

The Physician Assistant master's degree program is a full-time, 27-month academic professional degree that will become a signature program of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Mission of the physician assistant program


This program will train the next generation of physician assistants in Nevada. Graduates will be prepared in a strong clinical and educational setting to practice excellent primary care.

physician assistant program highlights

Program Highlights

The physician assistant program will be open to all qualified applicants. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements for admissions. Find out more about prerequisites.

Q&A With a PA

Q&A With a PA

Physician assistants practice medicine under the direction of physicians. The School of Medicine had a moment to chat with a Physician Assistant about her job.