The Physician Assistant Program at Central Michigan University is a 27-month program that provides the academic and clinical training that prepares its graduates to be certified and licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision in an ethical, compassionate and professional manner.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of the CMU PA Program are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) degree. The first students matriculated in academic year 1996, and the first class graduated in 1998.
The program was created by CMU in order to address the health care needs of mid-Michigan and north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which includes many rural and medically underserved communities. The CMU Program is located further north in the state than other PA programs in Michigan.
CMU, founded in 1892, is a public institution of higher education accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and currently enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The PA Program is housed in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, which enrolls more than 2,500 students in four programs.