Physician assistant interacting with a patient

Program description

This two-year physician assistant program is a quad-partnership through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital, Marshfield Clinic and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Students enrolled in the physician assistant (PA) master's program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse complete clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic or other practice sites as part of their education.

The program's curriculum includes a 12-month preclinical phase consisting primarily of classroom and laboratory activities at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A subsequent 12-month clinical phase involves rotations in a variety of clinical areas, including a two-month family medicine preceptorship.

These clinical experiences are provided at Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital, Marshfield Clinic and other practice sites in southwestern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.


The Physician Assistant Program quad-partnership through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen La Crosse Hospital, Marshfield Clinic and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This association allows program graduates to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institution

To participate in the Physician Assistant Program, students must be enrolled in the PA program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Contact the school for more information:

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Physician Assistant Program 
1725 State St. 
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608-785-8470

Facilities (clinical rotations)

Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Health System is composed of facilities in more than 60 communities across southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa to provide both inpatient and outpatient experiences.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this program, graduates from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse receive a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in physician assistant studies.

Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Class size

Each year, the Physician Assistant Program admits up to 31 students. This class size ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

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