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If you are interested in admission to the physician assistant program at WMU, you must submit an application to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and submit the WMU Department of Physician Assistant supplemental fee.

  • The supplemental $50 fee must be paid online before your application will be considered. 

The admission process is highly competitive. Select candidates are interviewed, and admitted students are chosen from those interviews. Recently admitted students have a GPA well above the minimum and have documented hours above the minimum of 1,000. Competitive applicants will have superior oral and written communications skill and have an understanding and commitment to the physician assistant role and mission.

The following qualifications should be considered a minimum for application:

  • An undergraduate degree, earned prior to the fall start date of the WMU PA program curriculum.
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of health care experience, which must include direct patient contact. Shadowing experiences do not count toward this requirement. Volunteer hours may be considered at half of the total amount if direct patient care is evident.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent 60 credit hours.
  • Six required prerequisite courses, completed prior to Dec. 31, with a grade of C or above.

COVID-19 Grade Considerations

Considering the recent decision of many Universities which allows students to change the grading of courses to Credit/No Credit for Spring 2020, the WMU Physician Assistant Admissions Committee has approved the following for Spring 2020 (January start date) ONLY: 

•Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail grades, as long as the minimum grade required for credit or a pass grade is a C or higher.

•We highly recommend that students earn a grade for their course if possible.

WMU's Physician Assistant Program requires prerequisite coursework be assessed at a “C or 2.0” grade or higher, we would kindly ask that your home institution (registrar or course instructor) provide written verification that the Passing, Satisfactory or Credit grade meets this standard. 

Please note that this policy DOES NOT apply to other programs offered at Western Michigan University. Please note that although a Credit or Pass course does not have a negative impact on your GPA, it does not have a positive impact either.  

International applicants

Minimum English proficiency scores:
  •  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT graduate level (WMU Institutional Code: 1902)
  •  International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5 graduate level
  •  Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54 graduate level
  •  Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77 graduate level 

Degree verification

All international applicants must have their degree evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). If ECE or WES determine that your degree is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree it will fulfill our requirements.  If you are uncertain about your degree evaluation (i.e., first professional degree), further clarification will be required, please submit your WES or ECE to pa-info@wmich.edu.

Things to consider

Before submitting an application to this competitive selection process, consider if you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Have you exhibited an ability to meet the demands of the program as shown by GPA and grade trends or patterns?
  • Do you have solid clinical experience at a competitive level of responsibility (e.g., paramedical or other allied health profession)?
  • Is your clinical experience primarily comprised of direct patient contact?
  • Do you comprehend the physician assistant role as a primary care provider?
  • Are you committed to fulfilling the mission of the program and the profession?
  • Have you completed all prerequisite courses and health care experiences prior to the application deadline? (Grades for courses completed by the end of the fall semester of the application year will be accepted. The bachelor's degree must be completed prior to the Fall program entry date.)

Note

  • The GMAT, GRE, MCAT, etc. are not required for application to the WMU PA program.
  • Central Application Service for Physician Assistants starts accepting applications mid-April.
  • Deadline: Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the application service by Dec. 1.
  • Deadline: Supplemental fee must be paid by Dec. 1.
  • Do not send transcripts or any paperwork to WMU's Department of Physician Assistant unless instructed to do so.
  • After a review of submitted materials, students will be informed of a complete/incomplete application by email. Please save pa-info@wmich.edu in your contacts to ensure delivery of email from our program.
  • Selected candidates are invited to participate in an interview session.
  • Candidates for admission to the program are selected from the interview pool.
  • Candidates for admission begin their studies in the fall semester and then follow the continuous 24 month curriculum.  

Questions

Refer to our Advising Guide with any questions. More resources are available on the Resources page of our website.

Advising Guide