Physician Assistant Studies

  • Master of Physicians Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

Physician Assistants (PAs) are valued members of the medical and surgical care team. Working alongside and under the supervision of doctors of medicine, osteopathy, and/or in some states podiatry, PAs take histories, perform physical examinations, make clinical diagnoses, treat illnesses, provide patient education, counsel patients, assist in surgery, create patient orders, interpret laboratory studies, and prescribe medications.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The M.P.A.S. program consists of students who possess a baccalaureate degree from GVSU or other universities, have completed prerequisite courses, and at the time of application have fulfilled a minimum of 500 hours of work, volunteer, and/or shadow experience in health care settings with patients. Admission to the M.P.A.S. program is highly competitive. Application information is available at


PA students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Clinical problem solving
  • Clinical medicine and application
  • Medical pathophysiology
  • Physician assistant professionalism

Career Options

PAs are employed in a wide variety of health care settings including:

  • Academia
  • Acute care settings
  • Administration
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Public clinics
  • Veterans care facilities

Why Study Physician Assistant Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Small student to faculty ratios. The program accepts 48 students per year with 8 full-time dedicated program faculty members.
  • Excellent resources. The program is located in the state-of-the-art Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in the heart of the medical community of downtown Grand Rapids.
  • Superb board preparation. 98% of graduates have passed the NCCPA certification examinations since program inception (1995).
  • Recognized faculty. Whether state or national presentations, master teacher awards, or national leadership excellence awards, the faculty members are of the highest caliber.
  • Fully accredited. The PAS program is proud to be fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

For More Information

College of Health Professions
Physician Assistant Studies Program
(616) 331-5700
Admissions Office

I really enjoyed the small class sizes because I didn't get lost in the mix. The faculty interaction is just fantastic. I think that contributes to the success of all the students in the program.

David Klungle, PA-C

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