What is a Physician Assistant?
Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who work with physicians to provide health care. Under the overall supervision of a physician PAs take histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery. A PA's practice may also include education, research and administration.
More information on the role of the Physician Assistant in Ontario can be found at:
Who should apply?
If you are looking for a career in health care and are an energetic self-motivated individual with a minimum of two years of university education this may be the program for you.
Where can I find more answers to my questions?
Why should you come to McMaster?
McMaster University through its Faculty of Health Sciences and its medical, nursing, occupational and physiotherapy and midwifery programs has established a leading role in health care education in Canada. McMaster has a tradition of innovation in health care education starting 40 years ago with the establishment of its revolutionary medical school using small group, problem-based, self-directed learning.
The Physician Assistant’s first class of 21 students, selected from a pool of more than 250 applicants, will pioneer a new role in health care in Ontario. The students come from varied backgrounds including paramedic training, social work, genetics, epidemiology and engineering. The inaugural class began in September 2008, and graduated in November 2010.
Important information for applicants
The application for September 2015 is now closed.
The Physician Assistant Education Program admissions committee adheres to the admissions policies posted on the Physician Assistant Education Program website and applies the same rules and guidelines to all applicants.
As a supplementary application is required the status for every PA Applicant will load as initiated. This status will be updated on MOSAIC by mid-March.
The date of the MMI has not been finalized, it will take place at the end of April/early May. Generally the PA Program finalizes the date of the MMI just before interview invitations are emailed by early April.
The PA Program interviews all applicants on the same day. Interviews are held in person at McMaster University.