UW MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program Admissions
Up to 20 students may be admitted to the Anchorage training site of the University of Washington MEDEX program annually, in accordance with the joint selection process established in the collaborative agreement between UAA and UW. Applicants are evaluated on their previous clinical experience and their commitment to practice in Alaska, particularly in under-served areas, in addition to their overall academic performance.
Alaska students admitted into the MEDEX program spend their junior year of the PA program at the UAA training site where they receive intense clinical and didactic instruction.
The senior year of the BSHS program is spent in training sites throughout Alaska and the WWAMI region currently utilized by the MEDEX program. The practicum year corresponds to UW’s year of clinical placement and supervision that completes the MEDEX certificate program. The clinical year begins in September and ends in early September the following year. The clinical placements call for 35-40 hours a week in supervised clinical training and 10-20 hours a week in self-study.
At the completion of the MEDEX PA program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants. The University of Washington School of Medicine grants a Physician Assistant Certificate upon successful completion of the MEDEX PA program. Upon successful completion of degree requirements (see below), the University of Alaska Anchorage awards a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences.
For more information, visit the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program web site.