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Welcome Prospective Students

The Physician Assistant program at the CU School of Medicine is a graduate level program awarding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) upon completion.  The 36-month, full time curriculum provides comprehensive physician assistant education in primary care across the lifespan, with expanded training in pediatrics and care of the medically underserved. 

One class of 44 students is enrolled in the summer semester each year through a competitive admissions process.   Please read on below for details on how to apply, prerequisites, and much more!

Admissions Procedures

How do I apply?  Information on deadlines, the CASPA application, the supplemental application, and CASPer.

Admissions process - An overview of requirements, application processing, and interviews.

Admissions Timeline - Table outlining the admission's timeline from application to orientation. 

Prerequisites & Program Requirements

Information on prerequisites, including minimum GPAs, courses required before applying, courses required before matriculation, and coursework taken outside the U.S.  You can find a Prerequisite Worksheet on this page to help you determine what prerequisite coursework you still have outstanding.   On the left side of the Prerequisite webpage, there is a list of advisors at local institutions.

Technical standards - Outlines the technical standards required for admission, promotion, and graduation.


Information Sessions - Attend an information session to get an overview of the CHA/PA program and prerequisites.  Following the presentation, current students will answer your questions and give you a tour of the campus!

Frequently Asked Questions - Review for commonly asked questions about the program, applications, and courses.


Admission Statistics - Detailed statistics including number of applications received,  average cumulative GPA, and average science GPA of admitted classes for the last three years.

Graduate Statistics - Students pursue various specialties after graduation from family medicine and pediatrics to surgery and emergency medicine.

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Learn More About CHA/PA

Read about​ the experiences of students, graduates and preceptors.


Further Information

What is a Physician Assistant?  Find out more about the PA profession.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Expenses - Information on CO residency, scholarships, tuition, and financial aid.

PA Focus - PAEA website featuring a weblog and resources for people interested in learning more about PA careers and admissions.