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Harding University


Program Director:  Michael Murphy, MD, Program Director


Description:  The Physician Assistant Program is a 28-month graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies.  Graduated its first class in 2007.

As the first PA program in the state of Arkansas, they are very excited about the potential impact of this program on the local community, the people of Arkansas and worldwide mission fields.

The Harding University Physician Assistant Program has had 235 graduates since its inception in 2005. Program graduates are practicing throughout Arkansas and at least 15 other states in a variety of settings that include Primary Care, Urgent and Emergent Care, Orthopedic, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Surgery specialties, Mental Health, Urology, and Pediatrics. (info from Harding University website)


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Office of Admissions

501-279-5642 (phone)

501-279-4811 (fax)


University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Program Director:  Patricia Kelly, PhD, PA-C, Program Director


Description:  The UAMS Physician Assistant Program is a continuous 28 month, full-time professional program that accepts new students once a year beginning in mid-May and finishing a little over two years later at the end of August. UAMS graduated its first class in 2015.  The Program strives to prepare physician assistants in a broad range of medical knowledge and skills and educate them to provide high-quality and compassionate health care to diverse patient populations with the supervision of a licensed physician.

This is a cohort-based full time program with a lock-step curriculum.  Students must complete all courses each semester and be in good standing to continue to the next semester. The first 13 months of the curriculum consists of an intensive didactic phase and includes classroom, laboratory, seminars, patient simulation, service learning, and clinical patient encounters

The second fifteen months of the program is the clinical phase which comprises 10 core rotations, 2 elective rotations, a Capstone Project, and a Summative Evaluation.  The core rotations include Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Inpatient Medicine, OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Orthopedic Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.  Clinical Rotations will take place at UAMS and clinical facilities around the state.​​  ​(info from UAMS website)


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Arkansas State Medical Board (ASMB)

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1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340

Little Rock, AR 72201-2936



National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

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12000 Findley Road

Suite 200

Duluth, GA 30097

678-417-8100 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ET)

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