Mission and History


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.


"It is challenging to imagine a program more dedicated to both academics and clinical experience than that at UNMC. The faculty are extremely supportive and committed to the success of each individual student. I look forward to applying the knowledge I have learned, and will continue to learn with the skills UNMC has provided me." Katie Messer PA-C (Class of 2011)