What you'll learn in the program

Our new wisPACT@UW-Platteville program is a smart investment in your future career as a physician assistant. As a graduate, you will be prepared to provide high quality health care to individuals and families in rural communities. Through an innovative partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison, you will gain rural-focused clinical experiences and rotations, and earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from UW-Madison, while completing all of your coursework at UW-Platteville.

We offer two program tracks to help you reach your goals. Save time and money with our accelerated five-year bachelor’s to master’s degree program track or choose our traditional program track. Both options allow you to ensure a seamless transition to graduate school, maintain your affordable education costs, and learn from dedicated UW-Platteville and UW-Madison faculty who will prepare you for a rewarding career.

Careers in rural health care

If you’re seeking a meaningful career where you can make a difference in people’s lives, we’re ready to support your goals.

Wisconsin and the tri-state region (WI, IA, IL) are experiencing a significant shortage of health care professionals, especially in rural communities. This collaborative program is designed to address geographic disparities in access by offering a learning option targeted at educating the students most likely to practice in rural areas.

Physician Assistant

PATH #1: ACCELERATED

Save time and money with the accelerated 3+2 program track.

  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UW-Platteville in three (3) years.
  • Earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from UW-Madison in two (2) years.
  • All coursework will be taken at UW-Platteville.
  • No GRE required for admission.

Qualified UW-Platteville students can apply to the 3+2 program in the sophomore year of their undergraduate studies. Pre-health advisors will guide students in reaching required academic and experiential benchmarks preparing them for matriculation into the wisPACT@UW-Platteville program in their 4th year of college.

Application Requirements for 3+2 Candidates

  • Must attain a solid math placement score to avoid delays in chemistry coursework and increase the likelihood of overall success.
  • Must declare Bachelor in Science in Biology with Health Science emphasis.
  • Must be accepted into the 3+2 track after freshman year.
  • Must provide evidence that undergraduate coursework in the major and general education requirements will be completed prior to or as outlined in the approved degree completion plan.
  • Must complete at least 90 credit hours prior to starting the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.
  • Must earn a “B” or better in PA program prerequisites.
  • Must obtain a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience.
  • Must complete Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification summer before or after first year.
  • Must participate in health care enrichment activities, that can include Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Activities, such as Wisconsin Express, Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) Internships, and AHEC Scholars.
  • Must participate in Preparing Undergraduate Medical Professionals (PUMP) Seminar.

Additional requirements regarding academic advising may be required.

PATH #2: TRADITIONAL

You can also choose the traditional program track.

  • Apply to matriculate into wisPACT@UW-Platteville after earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in any area of study, and completing the minimum requirements for admission.
  • Earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from UW-Madison.
  • All coursework will be taken at UW-Platteville.
  • No GRE required for admission.

Graduates of UW-Platteville will have priority acceptance into the wisPACT@UW-Platteville program, pending an admissions interview.

Application Requirements for MPAS Program

These requirements are specific to UW-Platteville students applying to the MPAS program.

  • Submit Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) summer before third year.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from the UW-Platteville Pre-Health Advising Team.
  • Complete applicant interview at UW-Platteville.
  • Attend required PA orientation during the spring of third year.

 

About the collaboration

UW-Platteville is committed to training knowledgeable, skilled, professional, and compassionate physician assistants to meet the health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond through distinction in education, research, patient care, and service, while significantly contributing to and advancing the physician assistant profession.

The UW-Madison Physician Assistant program has a strong commitment and long history of success recruiting students from rural, urban, and underserved communities and training them for primary care or specialty practice in those communities. We are pleased to partner with UW-Madison to provide enhanced opportunities for our students at UW-Platteville.

Program structure

We anticipate accepting 10 students into the program in Year 1 (May 2023); 12 students in Year 2 (May 2024); and 14 students in Year 3 (May 2025). The following outlines the structure of the MPAS program in Year 1 and Year 2.

Year 1

One year of didactic coursework done primarily through videoconferencing. Faculty leading the class may be at the UW-Madison or UW-Platteville campus. Gross Anatomy and Human Dissection, history and physical exams, clinical labs, and workshops will be led by faculty at UW-Platteville.

Year 2

One year of clinical rotations done primarily in southwestern Wisconsin and focused on rural and often underserved communities. Students will spend one year doing clinical rotations primarily around the southwest part of the state. Each rotation is four to eight weeks in length.

Rotations include:

  • Family Medicine: including prenatal, gynecological, pediatrics, and behavioral health
  • Internal Medicine: general and subspecialties in both clinic and hospital settings
  • Surgery: general and subspecialties
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Electives: various specialties

Program costs

For information about tuition costs and fees for the wisPACT@UW-Platteville program, learn more here.

Program accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has applied for approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to establish a distant campus in Platteville, Wisconsin. The campus anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2023, pending approval at the September 2022 ARC-PA meeting.

The development of this distant campus is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $259,363 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Learn By Doing

The Physician Assistant Program at UW-Platteville offers a student-centered approach. Focused on experiential learning that connects your education to your future career, you will prepare to provide high quality health care to rural communities.


Jordan (Johnson) Perry
Jordan (Johnson) Perry

UW-Platteville, 2012; UW-Madison PA Program, 2015

I’m very excited to hear about the partnership between UW-Platteville and UW-Madison PA Program. Platteville was a fantastic place to start my education. The smaller class sizes at Platteville made my learning experience much more personal. I felt very prepared to take on PA school.

Joe Stader
Joe Stader

UW-Platteville, 2014; UW-Madison, 2018

I had a great educational and personal experience at UW-Platteville. The variety of classes really helped shape my 'big picture' perspective of the world. PA school seemed to be more of an extension of my UWP education, versus a next step. The rural nature of UWP allowed me to enjoy outdoor activities as I always have.

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  • BS in Biology (Health Sciences Emphasis) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

    FALL I (15-16 credits)

    SPRING I (15 credits)

    BIO 1650* - The Unity of Life (5cr)

    BIO 1750 - The Diversity of Life (5cr)

    BIO 1020 - BioQuest (1cr)

    CHEM 1140* - General Chemistry I (4cr)

    MATH 1830 - Elementary Statistics (3cr)

    ENG 1230 - College Writing II (3cr)

    ENG 1130 - College Writing I (3cr)

    PSYCH 1130* - General Psychology (3cr)

    SPEECH - 2 or 3cr

     

    HHP 1000 - Fitness Assessment (1cr)

     

    FALL II (16 credits)

    SPRING II (16 credits)

    BIO 2420 - Fundamentals of Bio Investigations (3cr)

    BIO 2240* - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (5cr)

    BIO 2140* - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (5cr)

    CHEM 3540/3510* - Organic Chemistry w/ lab (4+1cr)

    CHEM 1240* - General Chemistry II (4cr)

    BIO 3450 - Ecology and Evolution (3cr)

    HUMANITIES - 3cr

    SOCIAL SCIENCES - 3cr

    HHP - Health & Human Performance Activity (1cr)

     

    FALL III (14 credits)

    SPRING III (16 credits)

    FINE ARTS - (3cr)

    BIO 3240* - Microbiology (5cr)

    CHEM 4630*/4610 - Biochemistry (3+1cr)

    BIO 4990 - Capstone Course: The Study of Life (1cr)

    BIO 4440 - Human Gross Anatomy (4cr)

    HISTORY/INTERNATIONAL - 3cr

    ETHNIC AND GENDER STUDIES - 3cr

    BIO 3330 - Genetics (3cr)

     

    BIO 2040 - Cell Biology (4cr)

    *PA Program prerequisites

    UW-Platteville students will take the following courses in the UW-Madison MPAS Program during their senior or fourth year of college study:

    Semester One (Summer) - 15 cr.

    • Anatomy 629 Human Anatomy Laboratory for Physician Assistants: 7 cr.
    • PA 550 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine: 3 cr.
    • PA 616 Professional Seminar I: 1 cr.
    • PA 619 History and Physical Examination for Physician Assistants: 4 cr.

    Semester Two (Fall) - 18 cr.

    • Medical Microbiology 704 Infectious Diseases of Human Beings: 3 cr.
    • PA 601 Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants I: 5 cr.
    • PA 610 Clinical Prevention and Community Practice I: 1 cr.
    • PA 617 Professional Seminar II: 1 cr.
    • PA 620 Advanced Patient Evaluation in the Primary Care Setting I: 1 cr.
    • PA 630 Women’s Health: 3 cr.
    • PA 640 Clinical Pharmacology I: 2 cr.
    • PA 650 Diagnostic Methods I: ECG, Laboratory

Contact us

For questions regarding admissions and program requirements regarding UW-Platteville, contact Professor Rich Dhyanchand, MD, MS, at dhyanchandr@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.6155.

For questions regarding the UW-Madison Physician Assistant program, contact Erin McCarthy Orth, Director of Admissions, at emmarthy@wisc.edu.