Featured Associate: University of Colorado Child Health Associate/PA Program

Established in 1968 by Dr. Henry K. Silver, the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (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.  In 2019, the program will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

The PA Program has gained national recognition for its curriculum in primary care medicine. The Program confers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). In accordance with the mission of the program, the curriculum provides comprehensive physician assistant education in primary medical care with expanded training in pediatrics and the need for service to disadvantaged, at risk and medically underserved populations.  There are specialized tracks with exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary education and clinical experiences, integrating students with others in the School of Medicine and across the campus with similar interests.

For information about admissions, our program and curriculum visit the University of Colorado CHA/PA program page.