MEDEX collaborates with other departments and institutions to offer a limited number of unique degree options for specialized educational programs. Please review the options below carefully to determine whether one of these opportunities is appropriate for you.
MEDEX Northwest and the PharmD Program at University of Washington have agreed to cross-train a limited number of students for a developing role as PharmD/PA-C. MEDEX places a high priority on the development of new niches of physician assistant practice as a strategy for increasing healthcare access throughout the region. The PharmD-PA joint training program creates the unique opportunity to place cross-trained individuals in academic instructional settings, such as residencies, in clinics providing care to the urban and rural medically underserved, and in newly developing hospitalist roles.
The PharmD-PA option is only available to students already enrolled in the Pharmacy Doctorate Program at the University of Washington. Students must be second-year PharmD students in good academic standing. Applicants must meet all MEDEX academic prerequisites, however the clinical experience prerequisite is more flexible.
Satisfactory grades in basic science and pharmacy courses taken within the PharmD program will allow MEDEX Northwest to waive the first summer Basic Science course, and the Patient Mangement course offered by MEDEX Northwest may be waived for students in the MEDEX-PharmD collaborative program.
Year one and two: Enrolled in UW Pharmacy program
Summer after year two: Make an application directly to the MEDEX Physician Assistant Program submitting all required documentation and application materials no later than October 1st. UW PharmD students will be required to complete a CASPA online application. The link to the CASPA website can be found on the Apply to MEDEX page of the MEDEX website. We will also require a MEDEX supplemental application before October 1st.
Year three: Pharmacy school
Summer after year three: Pharmacy rotations and start MEDEX.
Years four & five: The fourth year of Pharmacy School will be partially replaced by years 1 and 2 of PA training. The second year of PA training is comprised of clinical clerkships that will satisfy the elective clerkship requirements for the PharmD program. PharmD-PA students will receive their Pharmacy degree in June of their fifth year, followed by their PA certificate in August.
MEDEX and the Executive Master of Public Health (eMPH)
A collaborative master’s pathway is available with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine’s Executive MPH degree program. This collaborative pathway is currently being offered to MEDEX students in the bachelor’s degree option only (students in the master’s option are not eligible for the concurrent program at this time). The eMPH program is designed to be completed in three calendar years and requires the following components.
- Four weeks of intensive in-residence study on the UW campus for each of three summers
- Two academic years of coursework through directed independent study
- Attendance at four on-campus weekend (Fri-Sat) seminars at approximately two-month intervals during the first two academic years
- Completion of a thesis or an agency-related project
- Completion of a practicum (if needed)
MEDEX BCHS students are eligible to apply for the MPH program during their first year of PA training (February application). Acceptance is competitive and students choosing to apply for this option must meet all prerequisites for the MPH program.
Students in the MPH option will be expected to attend MPH classes in Seattle during 3 summer quarters, and also 4 weekends per year over a two-year period. Students accepted by the Executive MPH program will normally begin their public health coursework during the summer between their first and second year of the MEDEX program. Alternative timing would be to start near the end of the clinical phase. MEDEX training will satisfy 6 elective credits, and depending on your rotations, may satisfy 3 required practicum credits in the MPH program. MEDEX will consider a public health focus in arranging your clinical year. The MEDEX clinical elective rotation will be classified as “Public Health”, allowing a student to participate in the MPH required summer courses on campus during the MEDEX clinical year. The MPH degree will require a thesis or project, which can be developed during the physician assistant clinical year and completed after graduation from PA school.
Prerequisites for the MPH option include:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- 3.0 grade point average on the most recent 90 quarter or 60 semester credits
- Three years experience in a healthcare field
- GRE within the last six years
Current MEDEX students must consult with designated personnel at MEDEX prior to beginning an application for this dual program option. Contact the main office at (206) 616-4001.
For more information about the UW Executive MPH program:
MEDEX and Canadian Training Opportunities
In Canada, over the last 50 years, only the Canadian military trained and utilized physician assistants as part of the medical team. Recently, the Canadian Medical Association granted civilian physician assistants recognition as well. This opens the door to new training opportunities for qualified allied health practitioners to join the field. In May 2013 MEDEX Northwest will accept applications for the 2014 academic year from Canadian applicants to train at our Seattle or Spokane classroom locations.
Canadian students selected for the program must be eligible for a student visa and will choose to attend either the Seattle or Spokane training site for didactic instruction (year one) beginning in June 2014. The clinical training year will be arranged in sites throughout the WWAMI region and possibly some sites in Canada. Canadian applicants must meet all the same academic and clinical experience prerequisites as other MEDEX applicants.
It is our intent that MEDEX graduates will meet the Canadian requirements and professional standards for PA practice in Canada.
Fax: (206) 616-3889
For more information about the PA profession in Canada please visit the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants