The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to educate a diverse student population as entry-level practitioners of primary care medicine, working with physician supervision, in order to provide the citizens of Nebraska, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, with quality medical care.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program was established as a result of a mandate from the Nebraska State Legislature in November of 1971. The purpose of the PA Program was to provide primary care providers for rural and underserved areas of Nebraska.
The first students graduated from the Program in 1975 with a bachelor's degree. In 1993, the Program began awarding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and at the time, was one of the first PA programs nationally to offer a master's degree.
As the demand for a master's degree level of physician assistant education increased, in September of 1996, the PA Program established the Distance Learning Program. This Program allowed practicing PAs with a bachelor's degree earn master's degree while continuing to their PA practice.
The UNMC PA Program has had a long history of supporting the training of PAs in the military. In October of 1972, an affiliation agreement was made with the US Air Force PA Program to award a master's degree to military PA students who successfully completed their PA training. Currently, the PA Program awards master's degrees to all branches of the military through the Interservice Physician Assistant Program.
- About the Profession
- Our Program
- Admission to the Program
- MPAS Degree Advancement Option (Distance Learning Program)
Handbooks & Policies
- Advancing Rural Primary Care Conference