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 will be closed to all in-person students and visitors. 

The application process for September 2020 is now closed. The deadline for application, all transcripts and supporting documentation is February 1.

Due to the changing health situation related to COVID-19 the McMaster University PAEP has elected to use online interviews to interview selected applicants. The application timeline will remain the same, those invited to participate in an online interview will be notified by email in April.

Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.


Supplementary application assessment fee:

In addition to the application fees paid to OUAC, students applying to the PA Program are subject to an additional $125 supplementary application assessment fee.The supplementary application assessment fee must be mailed (postdated) by February 28th.

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, HSC 4H31A
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.

Demographic Information

  • The PAEP receives over 700 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 2019 MMI was 3.82 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale.

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