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 2021 is now open. The deadline for application, all transcripts and supporting documentation is February 1.


Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.

Access to the supplementary application will be emailed to all qualified applicants at the end of February.

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 paid upon submission of your supplementary application.

The supplementary application assessment fee of $125 will be loaded on all applicants MOSAIC applicant portal. Payment methods are available here.                                                                                              All application fees for the PA Program are non-refundable.

Demographic Information

  • The PAEP receives over 800 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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