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Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S.

Physician assistants (PAs) are valued members of the medical community who work as part of a collaborative health care team. They take medical histories, perform physical examinations, make clinical diagnoses, treat illnesses, provide patient education, counsel patients, assist in surgery, create patient orders, interpret lab studies, and prescribe medications.

National Job Growth

Job opportunities for physician assistants are expected to grow by 15% in the U.S. by 2026.

Michigan Job Growth

Job opportunities for physician assistants are expected to grow 10% in Michigan by 2026.

Graduate Pass Rates

Ninety-six percent of GVSU MPAS graduates pass their licensure exams on their first attempt post-graduation.

Source: EMSI, 20232.

Program Overview

The Grand Valley State University M.P.A.S. program was established in 1995. The main campus is located at the GVSU Health Campus in Grand Rapids. In 2015, the program expanded to include Traverse City to serve the needs of Northern Michigan. The program is now simultaneously delivered to the two campuses through telepresence videoconferencing.

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

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree and have satisfied admission criteria, including completion of prerequisite courses, GPA requirements, GRE, Altus Assessment (Casper and Snapshot) tests, minimum healthcare experience hours, and recommendation rubrics.

In addition to general admission requirements, admission consideration for the Traverse City campus include previous/current residence and/or connections to Northern Michigan.

Further details can be found at, the M.P.A.S. website. Applications are submitted through the CASPA system: The deadline is September 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Why Choose Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley?

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Details