Program Description

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 Requirements

Admission to the Physician Assistant program requires:

  • completion or near completion of an undergraduate degree
  • completion of a minimum of 500 patient care hours, of which 100 of those hours are compensated (paid work hours)
  • a minimum 3.25 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
    • pathophysiology
    • microbiology (with or without a lab)
    • biochemistry
    • 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
  • completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with the scores sent directly from ETS to CASPA. Find the ETS codes on our website.

CMU course equivalencies for these requirements can be found on the PA program website.

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.

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Graduation Requirements

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
  • pediatrics
  • 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)

For More Information

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions
Office of Admission
Health Professions Building 1212
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859