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About the Program

The Physician Assistant (PA) program at Wichita State University is the only one of its kind in Kansas. It prepares students to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician.

One of the key advantages of attending Wichita State is our location in Kansas' major medical and metropolitan center.

  • We offer one of the largest university-based programs for health professionals west of the Mississippi.
  • Our location provides a wide base for training in one of the area's many medical facilities.
  • Students get the chance to learn from top professionals in the state.
  • Of the more than 1,400 program graduates, 56% work in rural communities; 47% in primary care; 39% in medically underserved areas.

A successful student will demonstrate critical thinking abilities, sound judgment, exemplify medical ethics and utilize interpersonal skills. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality, and a commitment to patient welfare are essential attributes for students to demonstrate.

ARC-PA Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Wichita State University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018.

Program Outcomes


Excellence in physician assistant education


Transform students into highly competent physician assistants

Guiding Principles

  • Foster an enthusiastic learning environment committed to student success
  • Promote patient-centered collaborative care
  • Model and cultivate compassion
  • Respond to the need for primary care providers in Kansas
  • Encourage health care for rural and underserved populations
  • Emphasize evidence-based practice and promote lifelong learning