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 more.
Why should you come to CMU?
Master’s program initiated in 1996 –
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.
- Our mission focuses on primary
healthcare and serving medical underserved populations.
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
- Affiliations with all
of the major medical teaching institutions in the Central Michigan area
and with most hospital systems throughout the state of Michigan.
affiliations with excellent clinical instructors, private offices, and
Federally Qualified Health Centers dedicated to producing quality PAs.
Field Education Coordinators identify new clinical sites, maintain
relations with clinical instructors and PA students, and perform quality
site checks as indicated.
elective rotation opportunities.
attrition rate (high
placement rate for all graduates seeking employment as a physician
provided by the program and faculty.
- Local employers seek
- We are
fully dedicated to exceeding all expectations for optimal performance as
determined by our accreditation
- Our graduates continue to mostly
outperform the majority of programs with the first
time PANCE pass rates:
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]