Featured Associate: Grand Valley State University

Established in 1995, the Physician Assistant Studies Master’s degree at Grand Valley State University has been instrumental in the growth of the healthcare community on “medical mile”, in Grand Rapids, MI. The program is located in the heart of the developing and expanding community of health care institutions.

The PA program at GVSU is a 28-month program, of which 16 months are spent immersed in the didactic phase of medical education, followed by 12 months of clinical experiences, throughout the state of Michigan. The program uses a system-based approach to the delivery of the medical content, utilizes courses such as Clinical Medicine, Clinical Pathophysiology and Practical Therapeutics. The program also includes problem-based courses, evidence-based medicine research courses, and hospital community courses in which PA students observe various disciplines within and outside of medicine including PT, OT, Pharmacy, and nursing.

The GVSU PAS program expanded to Traverse City, MI, in fall of 2015. This expansion addresses the needs of the health disparities seen in the underserved populations of Northern Michigan. The program accepts 36 students every fall at the main campus in Grand Rapids and 12 students at the distant campus in Traverse City.

There are 11 full time faculty in the PAS program including 7 PA’s, 2 PhDs, a Registered Dietician, and a doctoral prepared Pharmacist. The five-year, first time pass rate on the national certification examination (PANCE) is 100%.

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