Physician Assistant Program Overview

Please click on the categories below to learn more about the Physician Assistant Academic Program Curriculum, Accreditation, and Graduate Outcomes.

General Information

Degree Information

Degree: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

Program Length: 27 months, full-time

Class Size: 17

Start Date: Mid-June

Coursework Information

  • No part-time or off-site distance-learning option.
  • No advanced placement is awarded or granted for experiential learning or previous education.
  • Due to the fast-paced nature of the program, students are highly discouraged from engaging in paid employment while enrolled in the program.

Problem Based Learning

A large part of the PA professional curriculum is based on the principle of small group, problem-based learning tutorials. Generally six hours a week is devoted to the tutorial. Through this method of learning, the student is exposed to pathophysiology, behavioral medicine and population health. Learn more about Problem-Based Learning here.


Clinical rotations are located throughout New Mexico.  Housing and travel are the responsibility of the student.


PA Curriculum Course Grids

Credit Breakdown


SUMMER – 7 credits

  • PAST 501 FMS I Population Health
  • PAST 502 FMS I Foundations of Research Methodology
  • PAST 535 Clinical Seminar I
  • PAST 540 ICM I Dermatology
  • PAST 541 ICM I Orthopedics


FALL – 17 credits

  • PAST 510 FMS I Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine I
  • PAST 515 FMS I Adult &Geriatric Medicine I
  • PAST 520 FMS I Pharmacology I
  • PAST 530 FMS I Clinical Skills I
  • PAST 536 Clinical Seminar II
  • PAST 542 ICM I Human Structure, Function & Development
  • PAST 543 ICM I Mechanisms of Disease Genetics & Neoplasia
  • PAST 546 ICM I Immunology


SPRING – 16 credits

  • PAST 531 FMS II Clinical Skills II
  • PAST 513 FMS II Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine II
  • PAST 518 FMS II Adult & Geriatric Medicine II
  • PAST 523 FMS II Pharmacology II
  • PAST 514 FMS III Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine III
  • PAST 519 FMS III Adult & Geriatric Medicine III
  • PAST 524 FMS III Pharmacology III
  • PAST 537 Clinical Seminar III
  • PAST 545 ICM II Neurosciences
  • PAST 547 ICM II CV-Pulmonary-Renal


SUMMER – 6 credits

  • PAST 560 Clerkship Family Medicine
  • PAST 562 Clerkship Pediatrics


FALL – 17 credits

  • PAST 525 FMS IV Emergency Medicine
  • PAST 527 FMS IV Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine IV
  • PAST 529 FMS IV Adult & Geriatric Medicine IV
  • PAST 533 FMS IV Pharmacology IV
  • PAST 532 FMS III Clinical Skills III
  • PAST 550 ICM III GI-Nutrition-Metabolism
  • PAST 548 ICM III Infectious Disease
  • PAST 549 ICM III Sexuality & Reproduction
  • PAST 551 ICM III Endocrinology


SPRING – 15 credits

  • PAST 564 Clerkship Emergency Medicine
  • PAST 561 Clerkship Women’s Health & Prenatal Care
  • PAST 563 Clerkship Behavioral Medicine-Psychiatry
  • PAST 565 Clerkship General Internal Medicine
  • PAST 566 Clerkship Elective
  • PAST 600 Program to Practice


SUMMER – 8 credits

  • PAST 568 Clerkship Surgery
  • PAST 575 Clerkship Primary Care
  • PAST 610 Independent Study 1-14 possible credits

Professional curriculum credits 59

Clerkship credits 27

Total semester credits 86


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of New Mexico Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of New Mexico. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the program director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).