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MEDEX Northwest, established in 1969, has the long-standing mission to train health care providers who will practice primary care in medically underserved and rural areas of the UW School of Medicine's service region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho -- or WWAMI). MEDEX also has a formal agreement to train students from Nevada.

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Clinical Health Sciences

Admission Requirements

  1. Clinical Experience: two years minimum (4,000 hours minimum)
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology: Minimum 10 quarter or 6 semester credits. Preferably these courses should be completed within the past five years. Minimum 2.7 grade in each class.
  3. Other Medically Related Sciences (e.g., biology, microbiology, chemistry). Minimum 5 quarter or 3 semester credits. Minimum 2.7 grade in each class.
  4. English. Two college English courses at the 100 or higher level. At least one must be a composition course. Minimum 2.7 grade in each class.

Major Requirement

129 credits as follows:

MEDEX 450, MEDEX 451, MEDEX 452, MEDEX 453, MEDEX 454, MEDEX 455, MEDEX 456, MEDEX 457, MEDEX 458, MEDEX 459, MEDEX 460, MEDEX 461, MEDEX 462, MEDEX 463, MEDEX 465, MEDEX 466, MEDEX 467, MEDEX 468, MEDEX 469, MEDEX 470, MEDEX 471, MEDEX 472, MEDEX 473 MEDEX 474, MEDEX 475. These courses are taken over eight quarters, not all in numerical order. (Although MEDEX 450 and MEDEX 451 must be taken the first summer quarter of the program, they do not count toward the 180 credits required for the Bachelor of Clinical Health Services degree. The remaining 129 credits shown in this paragraph constitute the major for this degree.)

Graduate Program

Master in Clinical Health Services

Offered through MEDEX Northwest and the UW School of Medicine in Seattle and Spokane, the Master of Clinical Health Services (MCHS) for physician assistants is designed for professionals who have worked as PAs for at least two years and hold a bachelor's degree. The EMCHS helps students assume leadership roles through the development of skills and techniques needed to manage the rapidly changing world of health care.

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent foreign institution. No preference of college major
  2. Minimum 2.7 grade for each class
  3. Minimum two years (4,000 hours) clinical experience
  4. Human anatomy and physiology (completion preferred within the last five years): 10 quarter credits, or 6 semester credits.
  5. Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  6. Medically related sciences (e.g., biology, microbiology, chemistry). (15 quarter credits, or 9 semester credits).
  7. Meet UW Graduate School requirements

Degree Requirements

162 credits, as follows:

  1. First summer through first spring (four quarters): MEDEX 550, MEDEX 551, MEDEX 552, MEDEX 553, MEDEX 554, MEDEX 555, MEDEX 556, MEDEX 558, MEDEX 559, MEDEX 560, MEDEX 561, MEDEX 562, MEDEX 568, MEDEX 569, MEDEX 570, MEDEX 571, MEDEX 572, MEDEX 573, MEDEX 574, MEDEX 575, MEDEX 577
  2. Second summer through third summer (five quarters): MEDEX 540, MEDEX 541, MEDEX 542, MEDEX 543, MEDEX 562, MEDEX 565, MEDEX 566, MEDEX 581, MEDEX 582, MEDEX 583, MEDEX 584, MEDEX 588
  3. Minimum 2.7 grade in all required courses
  4. Minimum 3.00 GPA