Icon 1 $104,860 Median Annual Salary(National Median Pay, U.S. BLS)
Icon 2 37% Job growth
Icon 3 2 Campuses in Lexington and Morehead

Physician Assistant Studies (master’s degree)

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What is a Physician Assistant?
Physician assistants (PA) are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. PAs promote quality, cost effective medical care to all members of society. Physician assistants are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and state-licensed.

How do PA graduates become eligible to practice?
Physician Assistant Studies graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. After successful completion of the examination, they are eligible for state certification and licensure to practice as certified physician assistants.

Program Locations
The University of Kentucky PAS Program has two campuses: the Lexington campus is located in the Charles T. Wethington Building at the University of Kentucky and the Morehead Campus, which is housed in the Center for Health Education and Research (CHER Building) at Morehead State University.

At its 2017 March meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant program sponsored by University of Kentucky on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in 2019 March.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Program Director's Response to Accreditation Status

UKPAS Program PANCE Performance
UKPA Program PANCE Pass Rates please click here for the full report:   UKPA PANCE Results

Estimated Program Tuition & Fees (click here)

This document is subject to change due to changing tuition costs each academic year.  You may check the University of Kentucky Registrar's website for the current tuition fees of the academic year.  The UKPA program will update the tuition and fee document for each new incoming cohort before matriculation in January.

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Physician Assistant Program
College of Health Sciences
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200

General Inquiries
Lexington 859- 218-0567
Morehead 606-783-2051

Admissions Advisement
Lexington 859-257-5001
Morehead 606-783-2558

Transfer Credit

Clinical Placement

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

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Physician Assistant Studies

College of Health Sciences

205 Wethington Building

900 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536-0200

Lexington: (859) 218-0567


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