Opening summer 2019

Addressing a growing health care need

To help address the provider gap in primary care, Marquette University is constructing a new facility for its nationally ranked Physician Assistant Studies program. The 44,000-square-foot, $18.5 million building, which will open to students in time for the fall 2019 semester, will facilitate program growth to position it as one of the largest such programs in the region and nation.

President Michael R. Lovell

“We have a unique opportunity to make greater a world-class program that is addressing a real local, regional and national need for primary care providers.”

“Rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit tradition, Marquette was founded on a mission of access, and access to excellent health care is an important application of that ideal,” said President Michael R. Lovell. “Through this expansion, we will graduate even more Jesuit-trained health care leaders each year, many of whom will go on to work in family and emergency medicine, or in underserved areas in Wisconsin and beyond.”

In-demand, nationally ranked program

Demand for enrollment in Marquette’s PA program has grown, putting it in a unique position to address provider shortages. The PA program received nearly 1,400 applications for the available seats in the latest cycle, and interest continues to grow by approximately 10 percent per year.

The PA program, which is ranked No. 40 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, has since its inception in the 1990s grown into a highly recognized destination program. The PA program boasts a 100-percent pass rate on national board exams for the past 10 consecutive years, as well as a 100-percent job placement rate for graduates within six months of completion.

Changing a campus corridor

The facility will sit on the northwest corner of West Clybourn Street and North 17th Street, a location on the southwestern edge of campus that puts the PA program close to Schroeder Complex, which houses the College of Health Sciences’ other programs, as well as the university’s College of Nursing, School of Dentistry and planned BioDiscovery District.

The welcoming and community-facing structure will be highly visible from I-94 to the south and will begin to transform the university’s Clybourn Street corridor, a key component of Marquette’s Campus Master Plan.