Valley of the Sun
The Physician Assistant program through Northern Arizona
University allows you to study in downtown Phoenix, the Valley of the Sun.
If you like warm weather, laid back lifestyles, and a city
atmosphere, then Phoenix is right for you.
Downtown Phoenix is where all the action
happens—sports games, theatre, art walks, concerts, and a vibrant nightlife.
Valley of opportunity
Phoenix provides opportunities for research and studies in
one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.
Your first year of the program will be conducted at the new
Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix.
Part of the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus is a 30-acre medical
and bioscience campus right in the metropolitan area of downtown Phoenix. The campus is still in construction, but when
complete, it will boast more than six million square feet of research,
academic, and clinical facilities.
The Biomedical Campus will attract high-caliber researchers,
doctors, and doctorally prepared faculty ready to educate you and provide real-world
experience. Not only will there be reputable
educators, but the facilities alone will provide great opportunities for
- The Translational Genomics Research Institute
(TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) headquarters opened in December 2004 in a six-story,
170,000 square foot laboratory and research facility that focuses on
- The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) works towards finding susceptibility
genes for diabetes and obesity.
- The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix continues to grow and allow students to complete
their training in Phoenix based hospitals.
- The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy - Phoenix opened an office in the city-owned TGen facility in
2007 and offer MS, PhD, pre-pharmacy, and PharmD degrees.
- St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center research laboratories is where collaboration begins
between TGen and investigators from Barrow Neurological Institute, the
Heart & Lung Institute and other academic and clinical divisions of
St. Joseph's Hospital.
- VisionGate, is another biomedical
research entity committed to the early detection of lung cancer and will
establish and operate a research lab within the TGen / IGC facility.
- BioAccel is a non-profit organization
that drives economic development through the accelerated commercialization
of late-stage basic and applied research in the life sciences.
- The Arizona
Biomedical Collaborative I (ABC I) houses the ASU Department of
Bioinformatics and wet lab space for the U of A College of Medicine,
diabetes, cancer, and neurological research.
- Phoenix Union Bioscience High School
educates future medical professionals by fostering intensive collaboration
among students with the academic and scientific communities in downtown
See what the Phoenix
Biomedical Campus can offer you.
Big city means more hospitals
Your second year in the program will consist of clinical
rotations located throughout Arizona.
As you may know, Arizona is home to the well-known Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and
a variety of specialized health centers.
- The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix was named the top
Cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. in 2010, providing care to people from all
over the world.
Joseph’s was named one of the top ten hospitals by the U.S. News and World
Report alongside the Barrow Neurological Institute.
- The Banner Health system offers over 20
hospitals and clinics in Arizona alone.