36 months
44155 USD/year
44155 USD/year
20393 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The three-year, innovative curriculum of the University of Colorado Denver's Physician Assistant program is designed to integrate clinical and basic sciences to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to practice medicine as part of the health care team. 


The Physician Assistant program curriculum from University of Colorado Denver is a cutting-edge, learner-centered educational platform designed to foster clinical decision-making and lifelong learning skills. The curriculum is based on clinical presentations rather than traditional courses, which mimics how patients present for care and how clinicians practice medicine. For example, during the week of the curriculum focused on the clinical presentation “shortness of breath”, all learning in the basic sciences and clinical medicine is delivered in the context of a patient with shortness of breath.

Course structure

The Colorado Curriculum consists of two didactic years, with clinical experiences integrated across both years. The third year of the program consists of 10 one-month rotations.  The program begins in July with a summer immersion course that includes fundamentals of learning strategies, PA professional roles, wellness and resilience, and clinical topics.

The curriculum is organized into seven system-oriented blocks: Hematology, Infection, Inflammation and Malignancy (Heme/IIM); Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Renal (GI/GU/Renal); Cardiovascular and Pulmonary (CVP); Dermatology and Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (Derm/HEENT); Musculoskeletal and Neurology (MSK/Neuro); Endocrinology and Reproduction (Endo/Repro); and Psychiatry.  

The curriculum is an iterative, spiral approach to learning, such that clinical topics which are introduced in the first year are revisited at a more advanced level in the second year. Each block course integrates the basic sciences and clinical medicine by employing the use of small group experiences, case-based learning, standardized patients (SPs), patient simulators, lectures, and collaborative sessions.  Additionally, students participate in thread courses over both years which provide education in clinical skills, role development, patient care, and the clinical environment. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Summer Immersion
  • Hematology, Infection, Inflammation and Malignancy 
  • Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary and Renal
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Skills
  • Professional Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Verified CASPA application including three letters of recommendation. 
  • CHA/PA Program supplemental application and a nonrefundable $55 supplemental application fee. The supplemental application for the 2022-23 admission cycle will be available mid-May 2022.
  • CASPer is required for all applicants. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based, situational judgement test that assesses non-cognitive attributes. Results are valid for one admissions cycle. CASPer dates are posted each year on the CASPer website in mid-March. You will be required to enter your CASPA ID for the CASPer assessment.
  • * Neither the GRE nor the PA-CAT is required.
  • * We only review your CASPer score. We do not require or review the CASPer Snapshot. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    44155 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 132465 USD for the full programme during 36 months.
  • National

    44155 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 132465 USD for the full programme during 36 months.
  • In-State

    20393 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 61179 USD for the full programme during 36 months.

Living costs for Denver

1310 - 2220 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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