Extended Master of Clinical Health Services
The Extended Master of Clinical Health Services (EMCHS) at the University of Washington School of Medicine has been carefully designed to meet the demand of bachelor’s-trained PAs who would like to earn their master’s degree while still working at their clinical practice.
Please note: this degree program is open only to those who are already PAs. If you wish to apply to become a PA, please refer to the MCHS and BCHS options.
Prerequisites for the Extended Master of Clinical Health Services (EMCHS) degree option include the following:
- Successful completion of an ARC-PA accredited PA program
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or equivalent international institution
- Grade point average of 3.0 for the most recent two years of full-time equivalent coursework (90 quarter or 60 semester credits)
- The UW Graduate School requires the TOEFL for some international students.
- Please note: the GRE is not required for this degree option.
- Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
- Letter of support and release time from current employer
Advantages to this degree option:
- As a practicing PA you can continue your clinical practice.
- Receive credit for the patients you treat.
- Receive credit for the improvements you make in your clinical practice while enrolled in the EMCHS program.
Coursework is delivered primarily online! Each of the five academic quarters will include online coursework and continuing work on a capstone project. UW School of Medicine faculty teach all online courses, and the four focused study options provide opportunities for professional and personal growth in the areas that are of most interest and relevance to you.
There is an on-campus requirement in the first two weeks of the extended master’s program but the overall program requires minimal time away from home. The on-campus commitment is quite brief: 2 weeks in June at the beginning of the master’s course of study, and then the final week preceding graduation 15 months later. (Summer housing is available on campus at a very reasonable rate.)
The MEDEX Extended Master’s Degree is an excellent way to meet the needs of bachelor’s-trained PAs who want to take that next step in their careers. Please take a minute to review the details provided at http://outreach.washington.edu/emchs/ and familiarize yourself with the design of the program.