College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Studies

The UKPA Program admissions cycle will open April 22nd and close July 15th. Applicants may apply with 2 outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application as long as they are completed by August 10, 2015.

You may contact Julia Flannery with any concerns or questions as well as for collection of documents:

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at UK was initiated in 1973 and is one of two Physician Assistant programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree is conferred by the UK Graduate School for students at the UK Lexington campus and at the rural campus located on the campus of Morehead State University. Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. After successful completion of the examination, they are eligible for state certification and licensure to practice as certified physician assistants.

In 1996, the program was extended to include instruction at Morehead State University. Now, 10 dedicated faculty members, two based at Morehead State University, and eight based in Lexington, provide instruction. Each year, an average of 40 students are admitted to the Lexington campus, and 16 to Morehead State site.

The PA program also offers international opportunities for its students including some who choose to do their clerkship rotations in various countries including Kenya, Swaziland and England. There are also other opportunities within the college to travel internationally on short-term trips to Ecuador and Mexico, with other partnerships developing as well.

Dual Degree Program

Additionally, the College of Pharmacy and the Division of Physician Assistant Studies offers a dual degree program which allows enrolled students to distinguish themselves while completing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The dual degree program requires additional formal application, admissions and course work. Students are eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) following the second semester of the second professional year in Pharmacy with a minimum pharmacy GPA of 3.0., 1000 direct patient care contact hours, 50 PA shadowing hours, and additional pre-requisite courses. Two courses in the Pharmacy program provide 320 hours toward the direct patient care hours needed for application. Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative pharmacy/PAS GPA and satisfy all requirements of both programs will be awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy and the MSPAS degree simultaneously. To learn more about the program please visit the website.


Pre-PA Club 

UK Pre-PA Association will meet at 5:00 p.m. in CTW room 415 on the following dates:

January 27th- Program Overview, didactic/clinical year

February 24th- Club members, no speaker

March 31st- KAPA speaker

April 21st- Admissions speaker 

Please visit the new website for updated information.

Upcoming events

 JDRF benefit walk on September 20th

UKPPA President Marie Hoffman

Upcoming speakers at the UK Pre-PA Meeting

January 28th: Professor Schwarz for program overview/ Dr. Gairola discuss graduate school versus professional school. Valentin discuss KAPA. Meet and greet Program Faculty? Possible refreshments

April 29th: Last meeting- will ask members what else they would like to hear about and go from there


KAPA/Student Involvement at State/National level/Faculty Mentoring/Student Organizations

PA Admissions Information Sessions

Admissions information sessions are informal, consisting largely of a question and answer period. 

Upcoming Admissions Sessions:

Lexington Campus

February 23 @ 3pm (CTW 127, Commons)

April 15 @ 12pm (CTW 127, Commons)

Morehead Campus

February 27 @ 3pm

March 25 @ 1pm

Location: CHER 312 at Morehead

RSVP for Lexington or Morehead sessions here

The link to RSVP for Spring 2015 dates will be added in December 2014.




Physician Assistant Program
College of Health Sciences
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
859-323-1100, Ext. 80492

Attend a PA Admissions Information Session


Download a printable
UK PA program
brochure here (pdf).