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!

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.

Welcome to Physician Assistant Studies

Our mission is to educate individuals to become competent Physician Assistants

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.


What is a PA?

What is a PA?

What is a PA?

Congratulations to the GVSU PAS Graduating Class of 2020!

Grand Rapids Class of 2020 Graduates

Grand Rapids Class of 2020 Graduates

Traverse City Class of 2020 Graduates

Traverse City Class of 2020 Graduates

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Laker Effect - Andrew Ashenfelter

January 15, 2020

"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.

GVSU Campus in Traverse City Encourages Students to Stay in Northern MI

July 31, 2019

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.

Physician Assistants Fill the Gap

June 10, 2015

Physician Assistants and the MPAS Program at GVSU are helping increase patients access to care.

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