What Sets UM-Flint's Physician Assistant Program Apart?

The Master of Science, Physician Assistant (PA) Program at the University of Michigan-Flint will provide exceptional classroom, laboratory, and clinical training so that graduates of the program will be highly prepared to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and apply for licensure in any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Our first cohort class of 40-50 students will be admitted for a January 2021 start-date. Please fill out an inquiry form to stay updated. 


The University of Michigan has a storied history of outstanding health care degrees. From Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor to the Doctor of Physical Therapy in Flint, our programs are among the nation’s best in preparing successful physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical leaders. The PA program on the Flint campus looks to continue that reputation by employing leading faculty, utilizing state-of-the-art laboratory space, and offering high-quality clinical experiences. 


Students in this program will look forward to delving into many different types of clinical opportunities. Rotations will take place throughout Michigan Medicine, UM health affiliates, Genesee County hospital systems, and Hamilton Community Health Center among others with options for specialty clinical rotations. Our curriculum is strengthened by collaborations within and across UM partnerships such as the School of Dentistry and PTHeart, our pro-bono health education and physical therapy clinic.


UM-Flint’s first cohort of 40-50 students will be admitted for a January 2021 start-date. Over a 27-month period, students will blend campus coursework with clinical experiences. Instruction will be primarily on-campus lecture and laboratory format with online supplementation during year one. Students’ second year will be primarily clinical with some online and on-campus requirements.


The workplace demand for physician assistants is well-documented. Given our aging population and the projected retirements of our health care workforce, the number of currently uninsured and underinsured individuals, and the projected retirements of our health care workforce, major shortages are projected for the U.S. health care job market in the coming decades. This is especially true for practicing physicians, who are complemented heavily by PAs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of PAs will increase 37 percent from 2016 to 2026. UM-Flint will help satisfy the demand with an annual admission class of 40-50 students per year.


In addition to the job growth taking place, the physician assistant profession is currently ranked second in Best Health Jobs by U.S. News & World Report and a Top 10 Best Master's Degree by Forbes. 


Statement from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

The University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) Master of Science, Physician Assistant (PA) Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). UM-Flint anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appears to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

In the event accreditation is not granted, program admissions will be delayed until accreditation is received.  Program applicants will be notified as soon as we are informed of accreditation process results.  Should the program not receive accreditation, all deposits will be returned to candidates.  Information on accreditation is available at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/.  The proposed Physician Assistant program would grant the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) degree. 

Information on accreditation is available at www.arc-pa.org or at: Accreditation review commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097, (770) 476-1224.