Covid-19 Requirements for Fall 2021

Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required in all indoor spaces for students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Students and employees must be vaccinated by September 30, 2021, unless approved for an exemption.  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.



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.



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.

Contact Information

For questions regarding admissions or to arrange a tour, please contact CHP Student Services Office @

CHP Student Services Office - Valinda Stokes @

Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) - Cathy Tomek @

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



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 2021!

Grand Rapids Class of 2021 Graduates

Grand Rapids Class of 2021 Graduates

Traverse City Class of 2021 Graduates

Traverse City Class of 2021 Graduates

PAS Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming PAS Upcoming Events at this time

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