2016-2017 Catalog 
    Aug 11, 2022  
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant

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IMPORTANT: These courses are intended to help you finish your pre-requisites for CU-Denver’s Pre-Child Health/Physician Assistant program. This is NOT considered a major or a minor at UCCS. UCCS does not offer a CHA/PA program. However, if you are planning to apply to the CHA/PA program at CU Denver, UCCS offers a pre-professional program to assist you in preparation for the CHA/PA program.

The CHA/PA Program is a three-year, highly academic program modeled after medical school. The CHA/PA Program is a Physician Assistant Program that offers a pediatric focus and awards a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies upon completion. Although the emphasis is on preparing a generalist physician assistant with special expertise in pediatrics, the curriculum provides the new graduate with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to function in a variety of roles within numerous clinical disciplines.


  • In accordance with the mission of the program, the curriculum provides comprehensive physician assistant education in primary medical care with an emphasis on pediatrics and the need for service to disadvantaged, at risk, and medically underserved populations. They work under the supervision of a physician to provide health care for all family members.
  • The majority of recent graduates practice in pediatrics and family medicine, with some choosing rural settings.
  • A Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant will:
    • Provide health care to adults, adolescents, and children.
    • Diagnose and treat diseases in all family members.
    • Counsel patients/parents to promote preventive health care.
    • Work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to private practice offices, HMO/outpatient clinics, specialty clinics, inpatient hospital services, and newborn nurseries.

Information about the CHA/PA program may be obtained from the website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/degree_programs/PAProgram/program/Pages/Mission.aspx

For more information on the pre-professional program, contact your advisor.

    Freshmen and Prospective Students: Bev Kratzer (719) 255-3745, bkratzer@uccs.edu
    Sophomore and above: Dr. Wendy Haggren - (719) 255-4156, whaggren@uccs.edu

Minimum Admission Requirements

The pre-professional plan is based on the admission requirements to the CHA/PA Program. One component of admission is completion of a bachelor’s degree with at least 120 credit hours, to include the following courses:

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