McMaster University

McMaster University

Physician Assistant Education Program

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.

Additional News


Important information for applicants:

The application process for September 2018 is now closed. The deadline for application, transcripts and all supporting documentation is February 1st.

Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.

The supplementary application invitations have now been emailed to eligible applicants through Kira Talent. Emails were sent directly to the email provided on the OUAC application form. The supplementary application must be completed by February 28th at 12pm EST. The supplementary application assessment fee is due (postdated) by February 21st.

Invitations to the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) will be sent by email in early April.

Supplementary application assessment fee:

In addition to the application fee paid to OUAC, students applying to the PA Program are subject to an additional $85 supplementary application assessment fee due by February 21st.

Fees are payable by cheque or money order only and must be made out to:
McMaster University — PA Program

Please send to:

Physician Assistant Education Program
McMaster University, MDCL Rm. 2201
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton ON  L8S 4K1

Please ensure your full name and OUAC reference number or McMaster student number are indicated with your cheque or money order. If you require confirmation please ensure you include an email address.

All application fees for the PA Program are non-refundable.

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