The mission of the University of Michigan-Flint Physician Assistant (UM-Flint PA) Program is to prepare students to become exemplary physician assistant practitioners, leaders, and advocates for the profession and public health through best practices in teaching, learning, and service to our diverse local community and beyond.

The UM-Flint PA Program is dedicated to providing a cadre of PAs capable of caring for the diverse medical needs of the people of the state of Michigan and beyond. Those needs range from diagnosing illness, developing and managing treatment plans, prescribing medications, to patient education and advocacy.  This PA Program trains PA students who will be directly involved in patient care, who will learn to teach and lead the next generation of PAs.

The UM-Flint PA Program utilizes a holistic admission process that take into account the following information used to assess individual potential will include:

  • Academic record
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) Test
  • Hands-on Health Care Experience, paid experience preferred
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Community service, volunteer experience, and non-health care related employment
  • Supplemental essays and information (i.e. writing sample taken on the interview day)
  • Interviews with UM-Flint PA Admissions Committee (by invitation)

The admissions process follows the guidelines and policies regarding diversity and nondiscrimination as put forth by the University. The UM-Flint PA Program complies with all applicable federal and state laws. The UM-Flint PA Program defines diversity as the inclusion of individuals with varying backgrounds and perspectives so as to enhance the learning climate and promote innovation, mutual respect and connections with the communities being served. Factors taken into consideration include, but are not limited to, educational background, life experiences, cultural knowledge and socioeconomic background. The UM-Flint PA Program is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, or admissions.

Invitation for University of Michigan Graduates to Interview:

In keeping with the UM-Flint PA Program emphasis on public health, applicants who meet the admission minimum requirements and are enrolled or graduated from the UM-Flint Public Health and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Pre-PA track, will be offered an interview. UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences students who are enrolled in the Pre-Physician Assistant Tracks with declared minors in public health and meet all minimum requirements will also receive an invitation for an interview.

Notification of Admission:

In the months following interviews, interviewees will be notified of their status as decided by the Admissions Committee- Offered Admission, Denied Admission, or Alternate List.

Communication of UM-Flint PA Program admission status will be through email notification. Admission decisions will not be discussed with applicants, nor will there be the opportunity to review their admission status and file, or engage in discussion with UM-Flint personnel.

Accepted applicants must meet the following requirements to matriculate into the Program:

  • Each applicant offered a placement in the class must acknowledge acceptance of the offer within 10 business days of notification of acceptance and submit a non-refundable deposit of $500.00.
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Pass drug screen
  • Provide evidence of compliance with CDC guidelines for healthcare workers regarding immunizations, screening and freedom from communicable diseases, as outlined by the UM-Flint PA Program.
  • Meet Technical Standards prior to and throughout the PA Program.