Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant at Western Michigan University, the first to be established with legislative approval and funding appropriation in Michigan, with one of the highest pass rates in the country for its national licensure exam.
The department offers graduate students preparation to become a generalist physician assistant. Founded in 1972, it is one of the original programs in the state. The PA program has alumni providing services throughout the United States and many of them have become leaders in the field.
The program is very competitive with more than 700 applicants per year for 36 to 40 positions. The didactic phase (first year) is completely taught within the College of Health and Human Services, while the clinical phase (second year) utilizes clinical rotation sites throughout Michigan and the surrounding states.