The Western Michigan University Department of Physician Assistant offers an entry-level, full-time, 24-month, professional education curriculum that leads to a Master of Science in Medicine (MSM).
- The first year focuses primarily on classroom and laboratory instruction, and includes a component that addresses research issues pertinent to physician assistants.
- The second, or clinical year, includes a variety of experiences in community teaching hospitals, clinics and physician offices.
What is a physician assistant?
Physician assistants are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. We practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving health care access and quality.
Zoom meeting info:
- Meeting ID: 930 3363 0665
- Passcode: 6sNy8W
The Department of Physician Assistant has utilized a holistic process for the last two years. The process requires more time and effort, but the result has been positive.
While it remains largely white, the profession has become more racially and ethnically diverse in recent years. Holistic admissions processes will only further aid that movement toward diversity.
Candidates are scored on more than 50 individual data points that assess academic ability, recommendations, grit and other non-academic attributes in a scoring system that more accurately reflects a whole person. Undergrad GPA is one factor, but there is no standardized test requirement.
Our students are actively engaged in our program and in our community. The WMU PA Student Society is a registered student organization at the University. Our students regularly compete (and win) quiz bowls at the MAPA annual event. And they're community advocates, leading donation drives each year around the holidays.
The College of Health and Human Services building is on WMU's East Campus. While it's not centrally located, the building's many amenities make it a comfortable home for our students.
News and Events
2020 CHHS Impact Report
The Department of Physician Assistant is featured in the 2020 College of Health and Human Services Impact Report, both in the photos of our safe return to campus this summer, and in an article highlighting our holistic admissions process.