Physician Assistant (PA)
​​​What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants (PAs) are academically prepared, highly skilled healthcare professionals who work with physicians and the healthcare team in providing a broad range of medical services.  Under the overall supervision of a physician, PAs take histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, perform various medical procedures, and counsel/educate patients and their families for promoting disease prevention and health.  Read mor​​​e. ​

Why should you come to CMU?​​​

  • ​​​​Master’s program initiated in 1996 –  Read mor​e.
  • CMU, through its College of Health Professions and allied health programs, has established a leading role in health-​care education in Michigan.  CMU students benefit from our technology-rich building and team of international faculty in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.
  • Since CMU established the nation's 137th College of medicine in August 2013, the PA Program has benefitted with use of the patient simulation center and more interdisciplinary professional education and shared practice opportunities.  
  •  CMU is a public school of higher learning offering financial assistance guidance, including in-state tuition and fees for most qualifying PA students.
  • Excellent student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Our mission focuses on primary healthcare and serving medical underserved populations.
  • First year PA students are assigned integrated clinical education (ICE) mentorship experiences in primary care starting in the spring third semester.
  • Enriched resources dedicated for the second year supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE):
    • Affiliations with all of the major medical teaching institutions in the Central Michigan area and with most hospital systems throughout the state of Michigan.
    • Additional affiliations with excellent clinical instructors, private offices, and Federally Qualified Health Centers dedicated to producing quality PAs.
    • Clinical Field Education Coordinators identify new clinical sites, maintain relations with clinical instructors and PA students, and perform quality site checks as indicated.
    • Expanded elective rotation opportunities.

  • Low attrition rate (high graduation rate).
  • 100% placement rate for all graduates seeking employment as a physician assistant:
    • Assistance provided by the program and faculty.
    • Local employers seek CMU graduates.

  • We are fully dedicated to exceeding all expectations for optimal performance as determined by our accreditation commission (ARC-PA).
  • Our graduates continue to mostly outperform the majority of programs with the first time PANCE pass rates:
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Who should Apply?​

If you are a ​self-motivated individual with a minimum​ of a bachelor's degree and have explored careers in the healthcare industry through pursuit of direct patient care opportunities and community service, this may be the program for you.  Please visit our Prospective Students and Admissions webpage!

[Revised March 2015]