Physician Assistants (PAs) are trained in the medical model, similar to the way that physicians are trained in medical school. Students attending the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program at GVSU have a diverse experience in health care. GVSU PAS students have had careers as medical technologists, paramedics, nurses, phlebotomists, medical assistants, and radiology technicians prior to starting the PA program just to name a few.
The PAS program at GVSU is fully accredited and includes four semesters of didactic coursework followed by three semesters of clinical training. The didactic courses include human anatomy, medical physiology, clinical applications, clinical medicine, pathophysiology, practical therapeutics, PA professional issues, and evidence based medicine. Once graduated from the program GVSU PAs work in a variety of healthcare fields and locations.
PA's receive 16 months of didactic training followed by 12 months of clinical training (clinical rotations) at Grand Valley State University.
Fall—Semester One Credits: 17
Winter—Semester Two Credits: 17
Spring/Summer—Semester Three Credits: 15
Fall—Semester Four Credits: 18
Winter—Semester Five Credits: 12
Spring/Summer—Semester Six Credits: 12
Fall—Semester Seven Credits: 12
103 Credits Total
* GVSU PAS core rotations include: Behavioral Health, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Rural/Underserved Medicine, General Surgery, and Women's Health