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 2022 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that the median earnings for PAs in 2020 were 121,530/year; with employment projected to grow 31 percent more from 2021 to 2022, 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.

ADEIB (anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The PA Program at Concordia University Ann Arbor is intentional in creating an environment of diversity and belonging, welcoming students from diverse backgrounds to become competent medical providers.  We welcome and embrace students of any age, race, color, gender, religion, national and ethnic origin, and mental and physical abilities/ disabilities who meet the technical standards. In addition, we are committed to creating a safe and compassionate learning environment for all seeking to improve and influence communities through clinical service and leadership with compassion and respect

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.

In meeting our mission, the program has applied for, and been funded, a grant from HRSA to provide student stipends for rural clinical rotations to offset the cost of housing, travel, and food for those students who commit to clinical experiences in rural and underserved areas, in Michigan, as well as any rural and/or underserved areas of the United States.

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.

Accreditation Status

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Concordia University Ann Arbor Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Concordia University Ann Arbor. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at: http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-concordia-university-ann-arbor/

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 required NCCPA certification requirement 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, but licensing requirements may differ in each state.