University of Colorado Child Health Associate PA Program
Established in 1968 by Dr. Henry K. Silver, the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA) is a master’s level, primary care PA program preparing graduates to provide comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages with specialized education in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The program graduated the first class in 1972 and was the first PA program to award master’s degrees in 1973. The program has maintained continuous ARC-PA accreditation since 1972 and continuous funding from the Health Resources Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions for more than 25 years. In 2002, the CHA/PA Program became the first degree granting program with expanded facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Although the program continues to provide expanded training in pediatrics, the PA program’s primary care curriculum prepares graduates to diagnose and treat illness in patients of all ages. Functioning within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the program has gained national recognition for its innovative curriculum. Problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine and an extensive psychosocial medicine curriculum are successful components of the curriculum. Clinical experience during the first year of training has been an integral part of the program since its inception. The program awards a professional masters degree (MPAS-Pediatrics) to all students upon completion of the curriculum. Our standard of excellence is demonstrated by our PANCE board scores and pass rates of >98% for first-time takers and the quality of care provided to the patients served by our graduates.
Graduate PAs have functioned as colleagues of physicians and other health professionals, providing comprehensive health services, including not only the evaluation and treatment of medical disease, but also patient education and counseling, anticipatory guidance and management of behavioral, psychosocial and developmental disorders. Program graduates are employed in all areas of primary and subspecialty areas of practice including pediatrics, family medicine, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care, otolaryngology, allergy and asthma, neurology, neonatology, child protection and advocacy, and many more.
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