Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant at Western Michigan University, the first to be established with legislative approval and funding appropriation in Michigan, with one of the highest pass rates in the country for its national licensure exam.

The Department of Physician Assistant offers graduate students preparation to become a generalist physician assistant. The PA program, founded in 1972, is one of the original programs in the state. Over the past five years, over 93 percent of WMU students have passed the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination on the first attempt. The PA program has alumni providing services throughout the United States and many of them have become leaders in the field.

The program is very competitive with greater than 700 applicants per year for 36 to 40 positions. The didactic phase (first year) is completely taught within the College of Health and Human Services while the clinical phase (second year) utilizes clinical rotation sites throughout Michigan and the surrounding states.

The faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students who have an interest in attending our program. Please review the following Web pages and communicate with us through our email addresses.


Eric Vangsnes, PhD, PA-C
Chair and Program Director