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About Us

Founded in 1968, the University of Colorado’s Physician Assistant Program is consistently ranked as one of the best PA programs in the country. The program is a master’s level, primary care PA program preparing graduates to provide comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages.

What does “CHA/PA” mean?

“CHA/PA” stands for “Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant.” When established in 1968, the Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado focused exclusively on providing education to care for infants, children, and adolescents.

The adult curriculum was added in 1991. Since then, graduates have received training across the full lifespan. CHA/PA continues to offer additional training in pediatrics, but graduates pursue numerous specialties after graduation.

Director's Welcome

Jon Bowser, PA

Welcome to the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. I invite you to explore our Web site to learn more about our program and students. You will see that we are unique among Physician Assistant programs in terms of our curriculum and courses. We are proud to be a part of this dynamic educational program that is consistently among top-ranked programs by US News and World Report.

Our program is defined by the success of our students and graduates who practice in a wide-range of clinical and academic settings. Our graduates are leaders in the field; recently, two of our former graduates served as presidents of the Physician Assistant Education Association and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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A graduate of our program at her workplace


Read about current students, graduates, and preceptors who are making a difference.

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Preceptor reviewing medical records with a PA student


Find out about the advantages of precepting for CHA/PA, links to evaluations, and contact information for the clinical team.

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Curricular Options

Curricular Options

CHA/PA offers several specialized track options, including a Rural Track, Global Health Track, and Pediatric Critical and Acute Care.

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Contact Info

University of Colorado PA Program
Mail Stop F543
13001 E. 17th Place, Room E7019
Aurora, Colorado 80045

Phone: (303) 724-7963
Fax: (303) 724-1350

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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Celebrating 50 Years

In 2019, our program celebrated its 50th anniversary. In this video, you will meet three members of our very first graduating class, learn about how our program has evolved since 1968, and meet some of our current students and recent graduates, including:

Alejandra Borunda

Alejandra Borunda, who is focusing on care for the medically under-served

Josh Millard

Josh Millard, who will be graduating in the class of 2021

Linsay MacLaren, PA

Lynsay MacLaren, who graduated in 2010 and now works at a primary-care health center in Washington, DC

Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA)

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Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Room E7019

Mail Stop F543

Aurora, CO 80045

(303) 724-7963

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