Program Overview

The University of Kentucky (UK) offers a hybrid Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. Interested students are allowed to apply to the program even if they have two uncompleted prerequisite courses. However, all prerequisite courses must be completed by a specific date, which is determined by the application cycle.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education accredits this program for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Graduates may be eligible to take the Physician Assistant certifying exam at the completion of the program. Once students complete and pass the national certifying exam, they are then eligible for state certification and licensure. This program also offers international opportunities for students; students have the ability to choose to complete their rotations in many different countries like England and Kenya. Students may also choose to travel internationally on shorter trips to Mexico and Ecuador.

The curriculum aims to provide students with a comprehensive education. Students will take a variety of courses including Integrative Care for Health Sciences, Survey of Geriatric Medicine, Master’s Project 1 & 2, Clinical Methods, and Introduction to the PA Profession. The University of Kentucky requires students to complete 55 credit hours of PA courses. Students will also complete an eight-week clinical year, which consists of 38 credits.

The University of Kentucky’s PA program offers a dual degree, in which the PA program teams up with the College of Pharmacy. Students pursuing this degree should be able to apply to the PA program during the second semester of their second year in Pharmacy school. Students eligible for this dual degree must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in pharmacy courses, 1,000 patient care contact hours, 50 PA shadowing hours, additional prerequisite courses and a formal application. A couple courses in the Pharmacy program provides students with 320 hours of patient care, which can be used to achieve the 1,000 hours the PA program requires. Students who meet all of these requirements and maintain a 3.0 GPA in both programs may be awarded a Doctor of Pharmacy and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degrees.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

    Requirements

    Minimum of 900 for the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections on the old GRE. For the new GRE, the minimum score required are 150 for Verbal and 141 for Quantitative. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college with minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    School Overview

    University of Kentucky is a four-year public school located in Lexington, Kentucky. UK was founded by John Bowman in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. The school is the largest college/university in the state of Kentucky with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011. UK’s campus is about 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 200 miles northeast of Nashville. The campus lies on over 800 acres and has 15 libraries in that area. The campus is divided roughly into three parts: the North campus, the Central campus, and the South campus.

    University of Kentucky offers bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, and hundreds of degree programs. 

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