Discover what makes a competitive candidate to our PA program, what our admission process entails, and learn the differences between our required and recommended requisites.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, educate patients, and prescribe medications. The WSU PA Program is a two-year, full-time, intensive graduate level program that will train individuals with clinical experience and a strong academic background for careers as physician assistants and leaders in the field of medicine.
The WSU PA Program has not yet been accredited. WSU has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The WSU PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January, 2023 pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September, 2022 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.
This webpage will be updated in October, 2022 to reflect the accreditation decision. In the event that Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted by the ARC-PA, the WSU PA Program will not commence in January 2023 as planned. Weber State University will not be responsible for refunding fees/expenses incurred by applicants during the application and/or interview process (CASPA fees, travel to/from campus, etc.).
The healthcare industry aims to achieve patients' success and well-being through what's called the Triple Aim. This term means the simultaneous pursuit of high quality care at a low cost, with all demographic and socioeconomic access.
At the Dumke College of Health Professions we believe your education should be treated the same way! And our award-winning University is dedicated to your student success!
The Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University far exceeds expectations in meeting students’ educational aspirations and the healthcare needs of the communities they serve. Starting a PA program is the next step for this college to continue its legacy of preparing exceptional health professionals who deliver accessible, quality care to patients. Your gifts to the newly launched Physician Assistant program at WSU will support faculty and students in reaching new heights of care excellence that will impact patients and families for generations to come!
—F. Ann Millner
Utah State Senator, Regents Professor, & Former WSU President
I am excited to see Weber State University invest in the training and education of Physician Assistants. There is growing demand for advanced practice professionals in healthcare and Ogden Regional Medical Center is fully supportive of this program since we see a growing need to hire and utilize PAs in the hospital environment. Weber State always provides an outstanding educational experience for healthcare related programs and I expect and look forward to the same level of commitment and excellence from the PA degree program.
Chief Executive Officer, Ogden Regional Medical Center
As a hospital CEO, I see the vital role physician assistants fulfill in caring for our patients. A Physician Assistant program will be a unique and valuable resource as we continue to care for our community. I am thrilled that Weber State University continues to grow with great medical education program. At McKay-Dee Hospital, we see the many benefits that the Dumke College of Health Professions offers.
Chief Executive Officer, McKay Dee Hospital