About the Program

The Physician Assistant (PA) Studies 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 is located at the University of Nevada, Reno Redfield Campus. Program graduates will expand access to high-quality health care services in Nevada. The PA Studies program was designed to offer students from across Nevada--particularly those with extensive experience in health care, including military veterans, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics--the opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in medicine.

The program is intended to provide an alternative career path for returning students who have interests in health care other than what is currently offered at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Upon successful completion of the program new graduates will be prepared to enter Nevada's health care workforce and make an immediate impact on Nevadans' access to medical care. These graduates are an integral aspect to the future of health care in Nevada.