The PA program at Wichita State was one of the first PA programs in the nation. The program offers a Master of Physician Associate (MPA) degree and prepares students to practice evidence-based, patient-centered medicine as an integral part of the healthcare team.


Physician Associate

The Physician Associate (PA) program at Wichita State is the first and longest-running PA program in Kansas and one of the first in the nation. With a combined 130 years clinical experience and 75 years teaching experience, we are dedicated to the success of our students, and we consider every student a future colleague.

Our program has a 50-year record of excellence with board pass rates consistently above the national average and strong community affiliations across Kansas, offering students unmatched opportunities for a high-demand, high-paying career as a PA.  Trusted, rigorously educated and trained, our more than 1,700 PA graduates expand access to healthcare and transform wellness across Kansas and beyond.

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PA Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The PA program at Wichita State celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and reception for alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters.

Aaron McKinney Memorial

A photo of Aaron McKinney

The PA Department at WSU is honored to announce the Aaron McKinney Memorial.  We are honored to announce the Aaron McKinney Memorial for PA student scholarship.  Aaron McKinney, husband and father of three, graduated from the WSU PA Program 2013.  He unexpectedly lost his life in 2014 at the age of 33, when his bicycle was tragically struck by a car as he was training for a triathlon.

PA student has passion for community and giving back

Abby Warkentine, PA student and winner of the Bright Futures Innovation award, talks about her love for the community and giving back.