About the Program

Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant with pediatric patient

The Physician Assistant (PA) master's degree program is a full-time, 25-month, 7-semester, academic professional degree program that includes basic science and clinical coursework, clinical skills training and supervised clinical practice. Outside employment is highly discouraged while enrolled in this full-time program of study, due to the rigorous study requirements. The program was developed to become a signature academic program of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and will take place at the University of Nevada, Reno Redfield Campus. Once fully implemented, the PA will bring workforce diversity and cultural competence to the medical industry in Nevada. The PA Program was designed to offer students from all of Nevada's colleges and universities the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in medicine and to provide an alternative career path for returning students who have interests in health care other than what is currently offered at the School of Medicine.

Upon successful completion of this program (anticipated graduation of the first class in August 2020), 24 new graduates will be prepared to enter the health care workforce directly and make an immediate impact on access to health care for Nevadans. These graduates are an integral aspect to the future of health care in Nevada. The school has applied for Accreditation-Provisional with a conditional meeting scheduled for March 2018. Pending receipt of formal Accreditation-Provisional, the first PA class will be enrolled in the summer of 2018. (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).