The Physician Assistant Program at Central Michigan University (CMU) 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. The first students matriculated in May 1996 and the first class graduated in July 1998.
The program was created by CMU to address the healthcare needs of residents in the northern lower peninsula and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which includes many rural and medically underserved communities.
CMU, founded in 1892, is a public institution of higher education accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and currently enrolls more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The PA Program is housed in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of the CMU PA Program are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) and may apply for licensure in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Graduates seeking employment in states other than Michigan may obtain further information on submission of a state-specific licensure application from American Academy of Physician Assistant's website or the respective state.