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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Website: www.gvsu.edu/grad/mpas

Preprofessional Curriculum Course Requirements

  • One course in general biology
  • One course in general chemistry
  • One course in human genetics
  • One course in organic chemistry
  • One course in biochemistry*
  • One course in human anatomy*
  • One course in human physiology*
  • One course in statistics
  • One course in psychology
  • One course in microbiology
  • One course in physics

*This course must have been completed within the last five years or must be retaken. Applicants may also take higher level courses or competency examinations for credit. Waivers of the five-year rule may be granted on a case-by-case basis for candidates with documented academic excellence and appropriate clinical experience at the discretion of the admissions committee or the PAS program director.

Professional Curriculum Course Recommendations**

  • One course in medical ethics
  • One course in pharmacology
  • One course in pathophysiology
  • One course in nutrition
  • One course in immunology
  • One lab course in human cadaver anatomy

**These courses have been found beneficial for success in the program, but are not required to apply.

Professional Curriculum Course Requirements for the M.P.A.S. Degree

Professional Level Curriculum

First Professional Year

Fall Semester One (Credits: 17)

Winter Semester Two (Credits: 17)

Spring/Summer Semester Three (Credits: 15)

Second Professional Year

Fall Semester Four (Credits: 18)

Winter Semester Five (Credits: 12)

Spring/Summer Semester Six (Credits: 12)

Third Professional Year

Fall Semester Seven (Credits: 12)

Total Professional Curriculum

103 Credits

Physician Assistant Studies Program Description

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