Q: What degree options are available through MEDEX?

A: MEDEX Northwest, the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine, offers a Master of Clinical Health Services degree (MCHS). All students who complete the program successfully also earn a Certificate of Completion, which qualifies them to take the national certification examination.

Starting with the 2018/19 application cycle, MEDEX is no longer accepting applications to the BCHS degree option. All applicants must be eligible to apply to the Master’s degree option to qualify to apply to MEDEX.

MEDEX has campus locations in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Anchorage, AK.


Q: What if I don’t have a campus location preference? Can I go anywhere?

A: Applicants will indicate their first and second campus location preference on their MEDEX Supplemental Application.

Applicants must meet the academic and clinical prerequisites to be eligible to apply to MEDEX, regardless of the campus location they are applying to. Applicants will be considered primarily for their first campus location choice.

Q: If I go to Tacoma or Anchorage do I have to stay the second year for my clinical training?

A: Not necessarily, although the Anchorage campus is meant to train students who want to practice in Alaska to help meet the health needs of that state. Alaska students are encouraged to stay for both years. Clinical year placements are open to students from all campuses and are located throughout the WWAMI region. We expect that applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Nevada would desire to be closer to home during their second year, however clinical placements are made on an individual basis in collaboration with the MEDEX Clinical Team.  All students are expected to travel for some assignments during the clinical phase. The ultimate goal is to provide students with the best clinical training opportunities to become a solid primary care clinician.

Q: Where will I do my clinical training?

A: MEDEX has over 700 clinical training sites throughout the WWAMI region, plus Nevada. There may also be underserved site options in the western US. There are clinical training opportunities in hospitals, private clinics, prisons, specialty clinics, community health centers, farmworker clinics and Indian Health sites. All students are expected to travel during their clinical rotations and each student will have an underserved community experience.

Q: Do I have to come to Seattle if I apply for the Spokane, Tacoma, or Anchorage campuses?

A: Yes. Students are required to be at the Seattle site for 6 weeks during the first summer quarter. This includes a 2-week in-class wrap-up to the online Anatomy and Physiology course and the 4-week Basic Science in Clinical Medicine course. Attendance at these courses is required of all MEDEX students. Passing both the Basic Science in Clinical Medicine course and the Anatomy and Physiology course is necessary to proceed into autumn quarter.

Additionally, students are required to be in Seattle for two weeks during the summer between the classroom and clinical phases (second summer quarter).