Preparing you to provide quality health care to those in need

Are you looking to take the next step in your medical career? Becoming a Physician Assistant is a great option. You’ll have the advanced training to collaborate with one or more physicians and be able to examine, diagnose, treat, and counsel patients. There is a significant need in health care for high-level professionals. At CUAA, we strive to prepare you to provide quality health care in a respectful, caring manner. If you value the same things we do, consider pursuing your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) with us.

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Program Overview

Becoming a Physician Assistant is a great option if you are looking for a rewarding career in medicine. You’ll have the advanced training to collaborate with one or more physicians and be able to examine, diagnose, treat, and counsel patients. PAs have the flexibility, once certified, to practice in any field they desire without having to complete a residency in that field, as all PAs are trained in primary medicine as the basis of their medical knowledge. There has been, and will continue to be, a significant need in health care for high-level professionals.

Statistics from 2019 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics note that median earnings in 2018 were 108,610/year; number of jobs available (in 2016) were 106,200; the job outlook is 37% (much better than average per the BLS), and employment increases are expected to exceed 39,600 between now and 2026.

At CUAA, we strive to prepare you to provide quality health care and to do so in a respectful, caring manner addressing mind, body, and spirit.  If you value the same things we do, consider pursuing your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) with us.

Program Vision

The vision of the PA program at Ann Arbor is to provide the local and global community with competent medical providers who will improve lives and influence communities through clinical service and leadership, and do so in a compassionate and respectful manner that changes the lives of all patients who seek our care.

Program Mission

The mission of the PA program at Ann Arbor is to educate Physician Assistant graduates who will demonstrate competency in all aspects of patient primary medical care.

Applicants should note that the program's mission is to train students in all aspects of primary care medicine. This will not be a program curriculum focused on specialty surgery, or latest advances in specialty care.

COVID-19 CHANGES

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has made changes to our admission requirements policies for the Physician Assistant Studies graduate program.
  • The following changes have been updated in the Requirements and Admissions tab on this website:
    • Pass/Fail grades will be accepted temporarily for the Spring and Summer 2020 terms within certain timelines and will require completion of a COVID Waiver Form. Note, that if P/F is optional, prospective applicants are encouraged to take a letter grade if able to do so. The rigor of the PA program requires the need for strong performance in the pre-requisite coursework. A grade of P will not add “points” to the student cumulative nor pre-requisite science GPA.
    • Online labs will be accepted temporarily for the Spring and Summer 2020 terms. (Please complete this section on the COVID Waiver Form as well).
    • The program will no longer require PA job shadowing. If you were unable to accomplish that task before clinics were closed due to COVID, please complete this section in Waiver Form).
  • Please note that 500 hours of health care experience are still required.
  • Please note that three Letters of Recommendation are still required. The program will waive the need for one to be from a PA that you shadowed. However, the letters should provide the program with information related to the student’s ability to manage the rigor of the program and of the PA profession.

The COVID Waiver Form should be submitted using the link to download the form, complete the required sections, save it, and email it to either the admissions coordinator: Thomas.dobberteen@cuaa.edu; or the program director: Jacqueline.kazik@cuaa.edu.

What to Expect

Physician Assistants (PA) are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine in collaboration with an MD or DO. Pas, in conjunction with their collaborating physician, provide patient care by obtaining histories, performing physical examinations, diagnosing injuries and illnesses, prescribing, assisting in surgery, ordering and interpreting lab and radiologic results and educating patients on their conditions, as well as prevention. PAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, universities, governmental services, and industries.

Graduates must successfully complete all aspects of the PA program, which must be accredited by the ARC-PA, and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to obtain a license in the state(s) in which they desire to practice. Upon graduation, graduates will the ability to practice in any of the different specialties of medicine. Licensed and certified PAs are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and pass the Physician Assistant Recertifying Examination (PANRE) every ten years in order to maintain certification.

Licensure / Certifications
Graduates take the PANCE exam after successful completion from the program. Licensure is required in all states.