University of Iowa -
Physician Assistant Studies and Services
The University of Iowa’s Physician Assistant Program began in 1972 and has provided top notch education through the Carver College of Medicine. Currently, the University of Iowa’s PA Program is ranked #2 nationally overall and #1 among public university PA Programs. The University of Iowa's PA Program is unlike any other PA program in the country. Our unique program curriculum is purposefully designed to have the PA students complete their didactic curriculum with medical students. The innovative curriculum is intricately woven into a creative matrix of courses that prepares students to move far beyond simple memorization of facts and figures to developing skills designed to prepare them as lifelong learners. These skills produce a clinician who can adapt to new theories and technologies as they become available. Students in our program become clinicians who know how to develop questions, collect and critique information, and critically reason conclusions using evidence-based medicine principles. Clinicians who possess these skills are capable of providing excellent patient care. In addition, they learn to think in a manner that is consistent with their supervising physicians, which allows them to easily become integrated into the PA/Physician team. The combination of the innovative curriculum and clinical rotations highly prepare students to be successful on the completion of the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). With the graduating class of 2015, the University of Iowa marked its 20th consecutive year of 100% first-time pass rate on the PANCE.
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The photograph is courtesy of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program.