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.


Important information for applicants:

Due to McMaster University directives regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the Physician Assistant Education Program is closed to all in-person students and visitors. 


The application process for September 2023 will open by the end of September, the deadline for application is January 12. All required transcripts and supporting documentation must be submitted by February 1.


Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.


Demographic Information

  • For the September 2022 application cycle the PAEP received over 1300 applications for 24 spaces.
  • The majority of applicants to the PAEP are enrolled in the final year of their undergraduate degree, have obtained their degree or hold an advanced degree.
  • The average undergraduate cumulative GPA for the 2022 MMI is 3.81 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale.

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