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:

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

Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.

Eligible applicants will be invited to complete the online supplementary application through Kira Talent. Invitations will be sent by email in mid-February. The supplementary application assessment fee is due by February 21st.

PA Program Information Night
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
@7pm in HSC 1A1
(registration is not required)

Campus Map - building #37


PA Information Night Live Stream
(Registration Required)
Password: PAEP


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.

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