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Traverse City - Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are valued members of the medical community who work in collaboration with a supervising physician. They take histories, perform physical examinations, make clinical diagnoses, treat illnesses, provide patient education, counsel patients, assist in surgery, create patient orders, interpret laboratory studies, and prescribe medications.

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Traverse City Campus

Located in the Traverse City Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Regional Center, the Traverse City campus location allows students to gain experience in trauma services, regional cardiac care, and several other medical specialties available in the northern Michigan region.

Admission to the M.P.A.S. Program

Admission to the M.P.A.S. program is highly competitive. Students who apply to the M.P.A.S program must possess a baccalaureate degree and have completed the admission criteria (GPA, prerequisite courses, minimum healthcare experience) which can be found at the M.P.A.S. website

Why Study M.P.A.S. at GVSU in Traverse City?

  • Four semesters of live, interactive lectures delivered electronically between the Grand Rapids and Traverse City campuses. Three semesters of hands-on clinical training located near each campus.
  • Successful: Over the last five years GVSU graduates have a first time pass rate of 99% on the NCCPA certification examination.
  • Small Student to Faculty Ratio: Our small student to faculty ratios of 6:1 allow students easy access to faculty and allows for increased small group discussions.
  • Recognized Faculty: Whether state or national presentations, master teacher awards, or leadership excellence awards, the faculty members at GVSU are of the highest caliber.
  • Accredited: The GVSU PAS program, including the Grand Rapids and Traverse City locations, is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA;

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For More Information

Physician Assistant Studies
(231) 995-1785
2200 Dendrinos Dr. Ste 102
Traverse City, MI 49684

Traverse City Regional Center


During the 28 months in the M.P.A.S. program, students take a variety of classes, some of which include: anatomy, medical physiology, interprofessional education, clinical problem solving, clinical medicine and application, pathophysiology, pharmacology, professionalism, simulation, and evidence-based medicine.

Career Options

PAs are employed in a wide variety of health care settings including:

  • Family practice
  • Rural practice
  • ER/urgent care
  • Cardiology
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics and gynecology