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Master of Physician Assistant Studies coming January, 2021—pending SACSCOC and THEC approval.

Our program strives to graduate competent, confident Physician Assistants who will serve the needs of the community with health, wellness, and education in collaborative medical practice.

The 27-month long curriculum happens in two phases. First, the 15-month didactic phase has students involved in classroom, laboratory, small-group, standardized patient experiences, problem-based learning, active-learning and flipped classroom techniques, along with experiential learning opportunities.

Then, during the 12-month clinical phase students are assigned to supervised clinical rotations at various hospital and outpatient offices.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Physician Assistant Program is to enhance the interdisciplinary medical team through the development of highly qualified Physician Assistants who demonstrate compassionate person-centric, evidence-based care, and embrace equity and inclusion in order to meet the needs of all communities served.

Why become a Physician Assistant?

The Physician Assistant Department is committed to enhancing the medical team by providing evidenced-based education to high-quality Physician Assistant graduates able to meet the diverse needs of the community, region, and beyond. After completing an intensive training program modeled after physician education, PAs can treat patients with significant autonomy.

Physican Assistants provide almost all the clinical services that physicians provide, including making clinical decisions and providing a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, and health maintenance services, including prescribing medications. The physician-PA team relationship is fundamental to the PA profession and enhances the delivery of high-quality health care.

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The Physician Assistant Program is contingent on the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). This approval should take place in the beginning of 2020.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga anticipates matriculating its first class in January of 2021, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the June, 2020 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The physician assistant education program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received in June of 2020.