Physician Assistant Program

Photo of PAs assisting during a surgeryThe Gundersen Medical Foundation plays an integral role in the education of Physician Assistant students. Started in 1995, the UW-L/Gundersen/Mayo PA Program is a unique cooperative partnership with a strong track record of quality PA education. Students receive both didactic and clinical training by expert educators at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., regional sites. Twelve students are admitted to each class, with a Master’s degree in PA studies awarded at the end of the 24-month training.

Mission Statement
The mission of the program is to educate highly competent and compassionate physician assistants who excel in meeting the healthcare needs of the regions served by the partner institutions.

Vision Statement
The program will continue to be nationally recognized by:
  • Selecting students with the academic background, interpersonal skills and maturity necessary to be outstanding physician assistants.
  • Educating students who will excel in improving the health and wellness of patients through the supervised practice of medicine.
  • Developing students who are grounded in professional ethics and cultural sensitivity with research skills to improve patient care.
Photo of a PA with a patientProgram Highlights
  • 100% first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE).
  • More than 97% of graduates are in clinical practice as physician assistants.
  • The program has ranked in the top 10% nationally in 4 of the last 7 years (based on PANCE scores).
  • Most graduates have located in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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