Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Welcome to Colorado Mesa University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Program. The program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 27 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.

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Admission Requirements
Our Mission
The mission of the CMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program is to provide a learner-centered environment that educates competent and compassionate PAs that are committed to serving and leading 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.


This program will not commence unless and until both ARC‐PA and the Higher Learning Commission have approved the program.

*Colorado Mesa University Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Colorado Mesa University anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2019, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2018 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.