As a student in the CMU physician assistant program, you'll learn in a team environment to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to effectively care for patients. You will develop the poise and confidence required by a PA by working alongside seasoned professionals who have decades of medical care experience.
The program is housed in the state-of-the-art Health Professions Building which offers advanced learning environments and resources including a multiservice outpatient clinic, an advanced instructional wing customized to support all styles of learning, and a laboratory and research area.
Dedicated faculty coupled with a modern learning environment contribute to our students' success. CMU students regularly score in the top 5-15 percent of all students taking the
Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
Admission to the Physician Assistant program requires:
- completion or near completion of an undergraduate degree
- note that any CLEP exam scores are subject to the Registrar's evaluation and credit approval
- completion of a minimum of 500 paid patient care hours
- a minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA
- a GPA of 3.0 or above in each prerequisite
- completion of prerequisite coursework within a six (6) year timeframe (from the time of applying to the PA program) in each of the following areas:
- anatomy with lab
- physiology with lab
- microbiology (with or without a lab)
- developmental psychology (from birth through old age)
- no more than two prerequisite courses can be outstanding at the time of application
- all prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31 of the application year
CMU Course Equivalencies
Anatomy w/Lab : BIO 337 OR HSC 214
Physiology w/Lab: BIO 392 OR HSC 215
Pathophysiology: HSC 411
Microbiology (with or without lab) : BIO 208 OR BIO 320
Biochemistry: CHM 421 OR CHM 425
Developmental Psychology : PSY 220
See our website for details on course equivalencies.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required and all
three must be submitted via CASPA, in accordance with CASPA guidelines, and
received by our application deadline. CASPA will process an application and
deem it "complete" with only two letters of recommendation received.
The admissions committee reviews the applications and the most qualified applicants are invited to campus for interviews. Applicants are assessed on traits such as professional motivation, background knowledge, academic performance, interpersonal skills, diversity of life and professional experiences and orientation to the medical practitioner role. Advance Placement (AP) is subject to the PA Program Director's approval.
Waiver of Courses and Transfer Credit(s) for Courses
A waiver of the six-year requirement, or grade
requirement, for a prerequisite course may be requested by the applicant if (1)
there is a continuous employment history that would demonstrate knowledge of
the course content, or (2) the applicant has a B grade or better, within the last
six years, in a more advanced course in the same subject. Knowledge-based
testing does not satisfy any of the prerequisites.
All waiver requests must be
sent electronically to the attention of:
Any waiver(s) must be approved by the Program
Northern Michigan University (NMU) Articulation Agreement
Statement of Agreement: The
PA Program of Central Michigan University (CMU) agrees to admit up to four (4)
suitably-qualified and duly-enrolled full-time students from Northern Michigan
University (NMU) to the PA Program who satisfy all of the criteria.
How to Apply
See our website for Application Instructions.
Completion of CMU's physician assistant graduate program curriculum takes 27 months. The first 15 months are spent primarily on campus in the classroom and laboratory, complemented with an off campus clinical mentorship experience. The remaining 12 months consist of clinical rotations in various medical specialties, such as:
- primary care family medicine
- women's health
- mental and behavioral health
- general surgery
- emergency medicine
The Physician Assistant program is accredited by the
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).