Physician Assistant - Phoenix (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)

First Enrollment Planned for Fall 2023

In the Fall of 2023, the School of Medicine plans to open a Physician Assistant program in Phoenix, Arizona, with a shared mission with the Omaha Physician Assistant program. If you’re driven by the desire to positively impact the lives of patients, our Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will be a perfect fit.

The Creighton University physician assistant program mission is to foster a tradition of excellence by transforming learners into compassionate physician assistants who are dedicated to exemplary patient care. Rooted in our Ignatian heritage, we empower students to realize their full potential through a commitment to professional growth and service to humanity. 

See also the Creighton University mission and the School of Medicine mission.

Phoenix Campus

Students will learn in a new, state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of midtown Phoenix in Park Central. The new, modern health sciences campus will be home to nearly 900 students across multiple professions bringing interprofessional collaborative practice and education to improve and innovate patient care. Learn more about the Phoenix Health Sciences campus.


Creighton University PA Program - Phoenix has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Creighton University PA Program – Phoenix anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2023, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2023 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

For information on Creighton University’s accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

Program Competencies

  1. Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge:Provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based medical care that is effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health while utilizing up-to-date scientific evidence to inform clinical reasoning and clinical judgment.
  2. Health Literacy and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals while engaging in shared decision-making with patients and honoring the patients’ unique personal, cultural, and social values.
  3. Interprofessional Collaborative Practice:  Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care.
  4. Professionalism and Ethics:  Demonstrate a commitment to professional behaviors and responsibilities, and an adherence to ethical principles.
  5. Systems-Based Practice: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care to deliver high-quality, safe, patient-centered care.
  6. Self-Assessment and Ongoing Professional Development: Demonstrate an awareness of personal and professional limitations and develop plans and interventions for addressing gaps.
  7. Cultural Humility: Demonstrate the ability to exercise a state of openness toward understanding and respecting important aspects of other people’s cultural identities.