Three PA students on the Anschutz Medical Campus

Welcome, Prospective Students!

The Physician Assistant program at the CU School of Medicine is a graduate-level program awarding a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) upon completion. The 35-month, full-time curriculum provides comprehensive physician assistant education in primary care across the lifespan, with expanded training in pediatrics and care of the medically underserved.

One class of 44 students is enrolled in the summer semester each year through a competitive admissions process. Please read on for details on how to apply, prerequisites, and much more!

PA students monitoring a patient's vitals in a simulation

Admissions Procedures

How do I apply? Information on deadlines, the CASPA application, the supplemental application, and CASPer.

Admissions process - An overview of requirements, application processing, and interviews.

Admissions Timeline - Table outlining the admission's timeline from application to orientation.

Prerequisites and Program Requirements

Prerequisites and Program Requirements

Information on prerequisites, including minimum GPAs, courses required before applying, courses required before matriculation, and coursework taken outside the U.S. You can find a Prerequisite Worksheet on this page to help you determine what prerequisite coursework you still have outstanding, as well as a list of advisors at local institutions.

CHAPA Technical Standards - Outlines the technical standards required for admission, promotion, and graduation.

PA student raising her hand in class


Information Sessions - Attend an information session to get an overview of the CHA/PA program and prerequisites. Following the presentation, current students will answer your questions and give you a tour of the campus!

Frequently Asked Questions - Review for commonly asked questions about the program, applications, and courses.



Admission Statistics - Detailed statistics including number of applications received, average cumulative GPA, and average science GPA of admitted classes for the last two years.

Graduate Statistics - Students pursue various specialties after graduation from family medicine and pediatrics to surgery and emergency medicine.

Learn More About CHA/PA

Learn More About CHA/PA

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accountability (DEIA) Committee

Silver Society

Read about​ the experiences of students, graduates and preceptors.

Further Information

Further Information

What is a Physician Assistant? Find out more about the PA profession.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Expenses - Information on CO residency, scholarships, tuition, and financial aid.

PA Focus - PAEA website featuring a weblog and resources for people interested in learning more about PA careers and admissions.

Student Right-to-Know Information - Find out more regarding your legal rights as a student.

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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