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Welcome to Bechtel Physician Assistant Program!

The program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 28 months. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and will be able to apply for licensure through the Board of Medical Examiners in the state in which they wish to practice medicine. 

Our Mission
The mission of the CMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to provide a learner-centered environment that educates competent and compassionate PAs, committed to leading through service in their career and communities.
Our Vision
Our graduates will be agents of excellence and innovation in the delivery of quality health care while promoting health and wellness to the communities of Western Colorado and beyond.
For questions regarding admissions, please contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Tricia Schillig.


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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to Colorado Mesa University, Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Colorado Mesa University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.  
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2033. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at