Administered within the Department of Family & Community Medicine, the Physician Assistant program is a 27 month course of study to educate students to become Physician Assistants. The program begins in mid-June each year. There is no opportunity for part-time study or off-site learning. The goals for the program include but are not limited to acquiring and demonstrate medical knowledge, develop interpersonal and communication skills, patient care skills, demonstrate and model professionalism and ethical behavior, internalize knowledge of health care delivery systems and health policy.
At its September 2012 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) voted to place the University of New Mexico Physician Assistant program on Accreditation - Probation until its next validation review in September 2014.