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
Program Overview

Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine in collaboration with an MD or DO.  PAs 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.  PAs are all trained in primary medicine as the basis of their medical knowledge and have the flexibility to practice in any of the different specialties of medicine they desire without having to complete a residency in that field. 

There has been, and will continue to be, a significant need in health care for high-level healthcare professionals. Statistics from September 1, 2020 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that the median earnings for PAs in 2019 were 112,260/year; with employment projected to grow 31 percent more from 2019 to 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.  As demand for healthcare services continues to grow, PAs will be needed to provide care to patients.

In order to become licensed and certified, all PAs must graduate from a PA program that was nationally accredited by the ARC-PA, and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).  Graduates take the PANCE exam after successful completion from an accredited program.  Licensure is required in all states.

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.

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 students in primary medicine with a focus on rural and underserved patient populations and communities.

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.

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.

COVID-19 CHANGES

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has modified some of the requirements for the Physician Assistant Studies graduate program. 
  • Select and specific modifications due to COVID will be accepted for the Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 and will require completion of a COVID Waiver Form . Please see the Requirements tab for specific modifications that will be allowed.
    • 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.
    • Also note that a grade of P will not add “points” to the student cumulative nor pre-requisite science GPA.
  • Please note that 1000 hours of health care experience are still required.
  • Please note that three Letters of Recommendation are still required. If unable to shadow a PA, the letters should provide the program with information related to your ability to manage the rigor of the program and of the PA profession.  Again, a COVID Waiver Form must be completed.

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

Admission Qs should be directed to the program admissions coordinator as well (see email address above)
What to Expect

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 have 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.