Grand Valley State University's Physician Assistant Studies is part of the university's College of Health Professions offering a program designed for practitioners seeking a career as a Physician Assistant. Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) program is fully accredited by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA.)

A Physician Assistant takes patient histories, performs physical examinations, diagnoses and treats illnesses, gives medical advice, counsels patients, sets fractures, assists in surgery, and orders and interprets diagnostic tests.

  • Hands-on. Students works in clinics, emergency departments, and hospitals around Michigan communities, and some out-of-state or international communities.
  • Recognized. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) recognize GVSU as an official PA program.
  • Convenient. The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences puts students in the heart of Grand Rapid’s Health Hill near the Van Andel Research Institute, Spectrum Health, St. Mary’s Health Care, and other scientific health care providers and businesses.


The Master of Physicians Assistant Studies M.P.A.S. admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.

There are application deadlines for the program so please see Admission Requirements for more detail.

Courses Offered

The Master of Physicians Assistant M.P.A.S program is a minimum of 103 credits.

Click here to see the full course list.



Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

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Page last modified October 1, 2014