Mar 9, 2021
Important Information during COVID-19 Emergency
In light of the public health emergency we are all facing and the mandated restrictions for contact, the Physician Assistant Studies office is physically closed and available by remote access only. Please email your inquiries to the listed contacts and limit telephone calls to matters that cannot be handled by email. Thank you and stay healthy, calm, and informed...we will get through this together!
Welcome to Physician Assistant Studies
As part of Grand Valley State University's College of Health Professions, the Physician Assistant Studies program (PAS) is designed for students seeking a career as a Physician Assistant. Graduates of the PAS program are eligible to take the National Certification Commission on Physician Assistants’ (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE), and may apply for licensure in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Graduates seeking employment in states other than Michigan may obtain further information on submission of a state-specific licensure application from the American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA) website for the respective state.
To prepare highly competent physician assistants who embrace diversity, equity and inclusion; lead and advance the profession; and provide quality patient-centered healthcare in all communities and settings.
MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCE IN PATIENT CARE
•To provide physician assistant students with the knowledge and clinical skills to deliver effective and equitable healthcare.
•To inspire students to model the professional values and ethical behaviors expected of physician assistants.
•To develop the interpersonal skills necessary for physician assistant students to communicate with patients and work effectively in interprofessional health care teams.
•To develop the clinical reasoning and problem solving skills necessary for physician assistant students to interpret medical literature and apply that knowledge to clinical practice.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, and JUSTICE
The Grand Valley State University Physician Assistant Studies Department is committed to upholding the pillars of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. This commitment has been enhanced by the development of the Physician Assistant Studies Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Advisory Committee. This group of students and faculty are resolved to promote, advise, and assess the program in these four areas.
ACADEMIC ADVISING/CHP PROGRAM ADMISSIONS:
For questions regarding admissions or to arrange a tour, please contact CHP Student Services Office @ email@example.com
CASPA APPLICATION QUESTIONS:
CHP Student Services Office - Valinda Stokes @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) - Cathy Tomek @ email@example.com
Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit Information
Please note that some of the College of Health Professions programs require prerequisite courses to be completed with LETTER (A, B, C) or NUMERICAL (4.0, 3.0, 2.0) grades. Prerequisite courses completed with Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit will not fulfill some program’s admissions requirements. Some programs accept AP credit (advanced credit) as the exception. Please check with the advising office for specific program information regarding Pass/Fail and Credit/No credit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are planning to apply to Grand Valley State University's Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program and have questions/concerns related to your ability to complete one or more of the application requirements as a direct result of closures related to the Coronavirus pandemic, please complete the Academic Request Form Related to Coronavirus Closures.
Congratulations to the GVSU PAS Graduating Class of 2020!
Grand Rapids Class of 2020 Graduates
Traverse City Class of 2020 Graduates
"My Laker Effect is serving rural health in Northern Michigan." Majoring in Physician Assistant Studies with an undergraduate degree in Allied Health Sciences, Andrew Ashenfelter shares his Laker Effect and PAS program experience in Traverse City.
Jan 15, 2020
Four years ago, Grand Valley State University expanded its Physician Assistant Studies program to Traverse City. The goal is to encourage students to practice in Northern Michigan after they graduate.
Jul 31, 2019