History and Future

Dr. Henry Silver, CHA/PA Founder

Established in 1968 by Dr. Henry K. Silver, the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) is a master’s level, primary care PA program preparing graduates to provide comprehensive medical care for patients of all ages with specialized education in the care of infants, children and adolescents. Although the program continues to provide expanded training in pediatrics, the PA program’s primary care curriculum prepares graduates to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. The program graduated the first class in 1972 and was the first PA program to award master’s degrees in 1973. The program has maintained continuous ARC-PA accreditation since 1972.

Functioning within the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the program has gained national recognition for its innovative curriculum. Clinical experience across all three years of training has been an integral part of the program since its inception. The program awards a professional master's degree (MPAS) to all students upon successful completion of the curriculum. Our standard of excellence is demonstrated by our PANCE board scores 5 year average pass rate of greater than 94% for first-time takers and the quality of care provided to the patients served by our graduates.

Graduate PAs function as colleagues of physicians and other health professionals, providing comprehensive health services, including the evaluation and treatment of disease, but also patient education and counseling, anticipatory guidance, preventive care, and management of behavioral, psychosocial and developmental disorders. Program graduates are employed in all areas of primary and subspecialty practice including pediatrics, family medicine, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care, otolaryngology, allergy and asthma, pulmonology, hosital medicine, neurology, neonatology, and many more.

Anschutz Medical Campus

The Denver Metro Area is privileged to have two University of Colorado campuses – the Denver campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Anschutz Medical Campus fosters collaboration among students, researchers and clinicians. Campus architecture and state-of-the-art technology bridge education and research with three world-class hospitals: University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. The Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is a nationally renowned education, research and patient care campus. Built as state-of-the-art, the campus consists of three zones that promote collaboration and innovation: an education zone with remarkable facilities for training future health professionals; a research zone with ground-breaking, internationally renowned research; and a clinical care zone.

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

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Room E7019

Mail Stop F543

Aurora, CO 80045


(303) 724-7963

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