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What will I learn?

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.

Interested applicants will apply to the Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA, Tacoma, WA, Anchorage, AK or Kona, HI campus locations.

MEDEX Northwest has taken a competency-based approach to curriculum design since it opened in 1969. The two primary components of the curriculum are the classroom (known as didactic) phase and the clinical phase. Each section spans approximately one year, including an additional quarter of material preparing them for advanced clinical and leadership roles, for a total of 27 months and 162 credits.

Program timing:

The MEDEX master’s program will be a total of nine (9) quarters. The second summer quarter will begin with an on-campus intensive in Seattle, followed by six weeks of online course participation to complete the quarter.

Which department am I in?

UW School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (162 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$85,365.00 per year
TUITION: USD $9,485 per quarter for a total of 9 quarters (total for both 1st & 2nd Year): USD $85,365
Start date

Expected June 2023


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 2 years (90 quarter or 60 semester credits) of coursework

A baccalaureate degree must be completed at a regionally accredited institution

Each prerequisite course must be completed with a B- (2.7) or better (per course).

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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