Physician Assistant Studies

  • Master of Physicians Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

Physician Assistants (PAs) are valued members of the health care team. Working alongside and under the supervision of doctors of medicine and osteopathy, PAs take histories, perform physical examinations, make clinical diagnoses, treat illnesses, provide patient education, counsel patients, assist in surgery, create patient orders, interpret laboratory and diagnostic studies, and prescribe medication.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students who apply to the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) program possess a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, have completed prerequisite courses, and at the time of application have fulfilled a minimum of 500 hours of work, volunteer, and/or shadow experience in health care settings with patients. Admission to the M.P.A.S. program is highly competitive.


PA students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Clinical medicine and application
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Medical pathophysiology
  • Physician assistant professionalism
  • Clinical pharmacology

Career Options

PAs are employed in a wide variety of settings including:

  • Academia
  • Acute care settings
  • Administration
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Public clinics
  • Veterans care facilities

Why Study Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Small student to faculty ratios. The program accepts 48 students per year with 12 full-time dedicated program faculty members.
  • Excellent resources. The program has two locations, the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of the medical community of downtown Grand Rapids and The University Center in Traverse City, MI.
  • State of the art distance learning through the use of ITV.
  • Superb board preparation. Five year first time pass rate for NCCPA Certification is 99% (national average 94%).
  • Recognized faculty. Whether state or national presentations, master teacher awards, or national leadership excellence awards, the faculty members are of the highest caliber.
  • Fully accredited. The PAS program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (

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I really enjoyed the small class sizes because I didn't get lost in the mix. The faculty interaction is just fantastic. I think that contributes to the success of all the students in the program.


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