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Native American Physician Assistant Track (NAPA)

The Native American Physician Assistant (NAPA) Track is designed to increase the number of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Physician Assistants who serve in tribal communities.

During the 12-month clinical component of the NAPA track, students complete several rotations at tribal clinics, Indian Health Service hospitals, rural and/or underserved facilities which serve indigenous communities.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies believes that NAPA graduates will significantly improve primary health care services in underserved American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

Successful NAPA Track applicants will:

  • Fulfill all admission requirements to the ASHS PA program (see the PA program “Admission Requirements”)
  • Be of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian descent
  • Demonstrate involvement in their Native community
  • Express a desire and plan to work as a Physician Assistant within American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian communities upon graduation