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?​​​

  • ​​​​Our Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program was established in 1996 with a strong foundation in medicine and primary care.  Read mor​e.
  • CMU, through its College of Health Professions and its allied health programs, has established a leading role in health-​care education in Michigan.  CMU students benefit from our state-of-the-art, technology-rich building, and team of international faculty in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.
  • CMU established the nation's 137th College of medicine; the inaugural class of 64 students began in August 2013.  Have the College of Medicine next door will further enrich the PA student experience through shared inter professional education and practice opportunities.
Who should Apply?​

If you are ​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 May 2014]