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Department of Physician Assistant Medicine 

Our MISSION is to provide students with an integrated and experiential curriculum in primary care and adult hospital medicine in a climate of high academic standards. Students will be prepared to practice evidence-based, cost-effective, compassionate care as members and leaders of healthcare teams in the communities we serve.

  • Values

    Our core values are derived from our purpose and our purpose from a commitment to our patients. This commitment influences everything from our curriculum design to the high expectations we set for academic excellence and to the requirements for thoughtful self-reflection.

    We believe that keeping the patient first and foremost will fuel a passion for learning and teaching medicine, and we are confident that if students remain connected to the purpose, they will find that the rewards outnumber the difficulties of a rigorous academic program and eventually, a demanding clinical practice.



  • Purpose

    To help us stay conncted to our PURPOSE, we use the acronym P.U.R.P.O.S.E. to outline the values of the WSU PA program.
         P  PATIENTS
         R  RESILIENCE
         S   SENSE of HUMOR
         E   EXCELLENCE


what makes us unique


Our small cohort of 20 students fosters a sense of community and enhances opportunities for classroom participation and collaborative learning. A small faculty-to-student ratio creates a strong rapport and provides students with personalized attention.


The program has a dual emphasis on primary care and inpatient hospital internal medicine. As part of their clinical training, students complete a 3-month primary care rotation and a 3-month inpatient hospital medicine rotation.  


The program employs cooperative learning and instructional methods to amplify student engagement and the overall quality of learning. Teaching strategies include:

  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Team-based learning
  • Problem-based case studies

The program is housed in a beautiful facility featuring an abundance of natural light and stunning views of the Wasatch mountains. Our building houses two dedicated classrooms, a lounge area to decompress, and a state-of-the art clinical skills space, available 24/7, where students hone their clinical skills and practice solving challenging medical cases. 

Affordable tuition and fees. 

A 24-month program equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a faster transition from eduation to employment, expediting entry into the workforce.

Our passionate and dedicated faculty and staff are committed to student success. With over 60 years of combined clinical experience, our faculty has the expertise to provide students with invaluable insights and knowledge for a comprehensive medical education.  

From the first semester, students engage in weekly simulated medical training scenarios that facilitate the transition from learning and understanding the science of medicine to analyzing, interpreting, and applying medical information within the context of complex patients with multiple comorbidities and social issues. By working in small groups, students improve interpersonal and communication skills and learn to work as compassionate members of the healthcare team. 

End-of-semester comprehensive summative exams help students solidify knowledge and acquisition of program competencies, and enhance readiness for clinical training and the PANCE exam. 

A majority of our clinical rotations are within the local area


the skills to practice medicine

The Weber State University Department of Physician Medicine will prepare you to become an exemplary medical provider, qualified to work in a variety of healthcare settings and upon graduation, be entrusted to:

  • Interview a patient/family to obtain a medical history
  • Perform a technically proficient physical examination
  • Prioritize a differential diagnosis
  • Recommend, order, and interpret diagnostic and screening tests
  • Perform basic clinical procedures
  • Identify a patient requiring urgent/emergent care and initiate evaluation and management
  • Develop and implement treament plans that include clinical and/or pharmacologic interventions, referrals to members of the healthcare team, and patient counseling/education
  • Document and present a clinical encounter
  • Participate as a member of an interprofessional team
  • Contribute to a culture of safety and quality


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