Physician Assistant Studies

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Become a Physician Assistant with UW-La Crosse!

PA Class of 2024
Physician Assistant Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony
Students and faulty practicing exam techniques
PA Class of 2024 Winter Clothing Drive
PA Class of 2025
Students practicing exam techniques
Class of 2023 Graduation
Class of 2024 at the Mayo Clinic

Program partnerships

The UWL PA program represents a unique collaboration with our clinical partners:

Students benefit from the expertise of dedicated academic and clinical instructors each of the four institutions. In the first year, didactic instruction is completed at the UWL Health Science Center. Second year clinical instruction occurs within the healthcare systems represented by our three clinical partners. 

UWL PA program logo

Accolades for graduate preparation

Program director and student at PA hooding ceremony

What is a physician assistant?

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed, certified healthcare professionals who practice medicine in partnership with physicians. PAs work in a variety of practice settings, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and research centers. Duties include:

  • Take medical history
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Diagnose & treat illness
  • Order & interpret tests
  • Develop treatment plans
  • Provide preventive care
  • Assist in surgery
  • Write prescriptions
  • Make rounds
  • Perform clinical research
PA students practicing eye exam

A day in the life of a grad student

Our students were challenged to describe their graduate experience with one image and six words. Below are the 2021 "Say it in 6" entries from the Physician Assistant Studies program. 

Contact our program


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