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 closed. The deadline for application, all transcripts and supporting documentation was February 1. The application process for September 2022 will open in the fall, the deadline for application, all transcripts, and supporting documentation is February 1.

Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.

The PA Program has emailed all offers of admission and preliminary waitlisted candidates have been notified. The Admissions Office will update the MOSAIC application status for all applicants who do not receive an offer of admission or waitlist notification in early June.


Demographic Information

  • For the September 2021 application cycle the PAEP received almost 1200 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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