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Physician Assistant Program

The University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Studies Program is offered on the campus of Morehead State University, providing students in MSU's service region an opportunity to study close to home. Physician Assistants (PAs) are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), a mark of professional accomplishment, and are licensed by the state. They are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting physical exams
  • Diagnosing and treating illnesses
  • Ordering and interpreting tests
  • Counseling  patients on preventive health care
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Prescribing medications
  • PAs promote quality, cost effective medical care to all members of society.

As a graduate of the program, you'll not only have the skills and training to pursue a successful, rewarding career, you will have the opportunity to have a direct impact on the health and well-being of your community.


Program Requirements

Admission to Morehead State University is not required for admission to the program. You must ba admitted to the University of Kentucky

Career Opportunities

The physician assistant functions under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician and is competent to:  

  • Elicit a comprehensive health history  
  • Perform physical examinations 
  • Interpret and evaluate diagnostic data 
  • Establish basic treatment plans 
  • Counsel and educate patients 
  • Respond to commonly encountered emergency care situations  

Physician assistants serve in a variety of clinical settings, such as primary care practices, geriatric long-term care facilities, hospitals, correctional institutions and community-based clinics. Program graduates also are competitive for positions in clinical research, health care administration and higher education.  

 Physician assistants serve in a variety of clinical settings, including:

  • Primary care practices
  • Geriatric long-term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional institutions
  • Community-based clinics

Graduates from the program offered at MSU also are competitive for positions in clinical research, health care administration and higher education.

  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
  • Admissions
    121 E. Second St., Morehead, KY 40351
  • MSU at Ashland
    1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
    3400 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
  • MSU at Prestonsburg
    6 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
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