M.Sc. On Campus

Physician Assistant Studies

The University of New Mexico

27 months
26636 USD/year
26636 USD/year
8509 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Physician Assistant Studies program at The University of New Mexico is administered within the Department of Family & Community Medicine.


What is a Physician Assistant?

Student instruction at the Physician Assistant Studies program offered by The University of New Mexico is provided by the physician assistant faculty as well as by integrative instruction with the School of Medicine. Students will spend a large part of their mornings in basic sciences lectures and labs given by School of Medicine faculty and at least 6 hours in small group tutorials in the PA classrooms. Afternoons are devoted to PA classes, workshops, and clinical skills.

Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician assistants are qualified through graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of physician assistants includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings in rural and urban areas. Physician assistant practice is centered on patient care but may also include educational, research and administrative activities.

A commitment to quality patient care is the foundation of the PA profession. By assuming some of the duties traditionally performed by a physician, the PA enables the supervising physician to spend more time with patients who have serious or more complicated problems.

For over 40 years, PAs have been integral members of the health care team. In New Mexico, PAs have been providing patient care since the early 1970's and have had prescriptive authority since 1989. Responding to the rural health care needs of the state, the legislature in 1994 funded the development of a Physician Assistant Program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Population Health
  • Foundations of Research Methodology
  • Clinical Seminar I
  • Dermatology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
  • Adult & Geriatric Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Skills
  • Clinical Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 27 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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To ensure that your application is verified by the deadline, submit yourcompleted application at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline.


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements

  • BA or BS degree completed by August 1st of the application cycle;
  • Graduate Record Exam by August 1 (UNM PA CASPA code 7347);
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (calculated from the most recent 60 credits);
  • A science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (calculated from the pre-requisite science and math courses);
  • Grade of C or better on all prerequisite courses;
  • Applicants must have three letters of recommendation in CASPA by the August 1st deadline.
  • A minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26636 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26636 USD per year during 27 months.
  • National

    26636 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26636 USD per year during 27 months.
  • In-State

    8509 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8509 USD per year during 27 months.

Living costs for Albuquerque

870 - 1360 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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