Chatham University

Chatham University Physician Assistant Program - Puerto Rico

Chatham University provides a cohort of Chatham MPAS students the opportunity to complete almost all of their didactic coursework and clinical rotations in Puerto Rico. Through a partnership with Universidad Metropolitana (UMet), Chatham MPAS students in the Puerto Rico cohort will complete two didactic semesters at UMet's Bayamón Campus located in the San Juan metropolitan area. In addition, most clinical rotations will be completed at affiliated clinical sites in Puerto Rico. Classes start in August. Students from the Puerto Rico cohort are required to attend three short seminars (2-3 weeks long) at the Pittsburgh Campus. The first seminar takes place the first three weeks in August (at the start of the first year) and the second seminar takes place the second and third weeks in May (at the end of the first year). The third seminar (3 weeks) takes place during the summer of the second year (at the end of the program). Please review the program's curriculum for specifics on the courses taught during these seminars. Additional information about the seminars will be presented during the New Students Orientation, before classes begin.

The Puerto Rico cohort builds on the unique problem-based learning method that has been so successful at our Pittsburgh campus. It combines on-the-ground and distance learning components to enhance the educational experience for our students.

In addition, most clinical rotations will be completed at affiliated clinical sites in Puerto Rico. Clinical rotations in Puerto Rico are not guaranteed. Some clinical rotations may need to be completed at affiliated clinical sites within the continental U.S.

Applicants to the Puerto Rico cohort must be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Program Director Luis Ramos talks about Puerto Rico legislation for PAs on radio show Partners in Practice