Physician Assistant Studies

The Physician Assistant Studies program offers students the opportunity to pursue a career as a physician assistant (PA) -- one of the most in-demand positions in health care today.

What is a physician assistant?

Physician assistants work with physicians and other members of a health care team to deliver many types of patient care. PAs routinely perform physical exams, order and review medical testing, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgeries, counsel patients and families on preventive health care and handle numerous other high-level medical tasks.

When compared to the process required to become a physician, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program offers a more streamlined path to working in health care. Unlike doctors, who must complete a residency program upon completion of their classroom studies, graduates of the physician assistant program can immediately begin work in their field after passing a national certification exam.

What's next?

For more on the MPAS, visit the University's Master of Physician Assistant Studies page or the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's program overview.