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Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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Master of Physician Assistant Science

Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) is a professional graduate program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Science, which prepares individuals for licensure and entry into the physician assistant profession. PAs diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. The PA profession is committed to improving healthcare access and quality.

Physician Assistant ranked number one in 100 Best Jobs of 2021 by U.S News & World Report. The profession also ranked first on U.S. News' list for Best STEM Jobs and Best Health Care Jobs. The rankings take into account the most important aspects of a job, including growth potential, work-life balance and salary.

Consider this position if you:

  • have a passion for working with others
  • want to be involved in team-based, patient care
  • have a strong aptitude for science

Oakland University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Oakland University anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2024, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the June 2024 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 appear 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.  

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Admissions Requirements

Please direct all admissions questions to pascience@oakland.edu.

Admission Requirements

The MPAS program will follow the university graduate admission policies and expectations for admission to the university.

  • Attendance of an Information Session is highly recommended.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution is required prior to applying to the program.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • International Students: Please review How to Apply.
    • If the degree received was awarded from outside the United States, the submitted transcript must be evaluated by a current member of NACES.
    • If English is not your first language, you must prove your proficiency of the English Language.
  • Transfer credits from other PA programs are not accepted.
  • Applications must be submitted to Oakland University's Graduate School.
    • Applications will open Spring 2023
    • Application deadline will be January 2024
  • There is no standardized exam (GRE, MCAT, PACAT) requirement.
    • Submitting PCAT scores are encouraged
  • Healthcare and/or Direct Patient Care experience of at least 500 hours is required prior to submitting application. Please review list of acceptable experiences.
  • Shadowing two (2) Physician Assistants is required.
    • Experience shadowing other healthcare professionals is encouraged.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation are required.
    • Letters of Recommendation should be solicited from Professional References who can attest to your work ethics.
      • Employers
      • Supervisors
      • Colleagues/Co-workers
      • Advisors/Professors
  • Minimum grade of 3.0 is required for each prerequisite course.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • All prerequisites must be completed within ten (10) years prior to applying.
Prerequisite Requirements
  • Human Anatomy and Human Anatomy Lab
  • Human Physiology
  • English Composition
  • General Chemistry and General Chemistry Lab
  • Statistics
  • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Physics (encouraged, but not required)

Oakland University Courses that meet the prerequisite requirements:

  • Anatomy: BIO 2006 or BIO 2100
  • Human Physiology: BIO 2600 or NUR 2011 or CDS 4010 or EXS 3010 or BIO 3620
  • English Composition: WRT 1050 or WRT 1060 or WRT 3081
  • General Chemistry with Lab: CHM 1040 or CHM 1430 or (CHM 1440 and CHM 1470) or (CHM 1450 and CHM 1480)
  • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry: CHM 2010 or CHM 2340 or CHM 2350 or BIO 3230 or BIO 3232 or CDS 4250
  • Nutrition: HS 2500 or NTR 2500
  • Statistics: PSY 2510 or STA 2220 or STA222 or STA2226
  • Developmental Psychology: PSY 2250 or PSY 3210 or PSY 3220 or PSY 3230
  • Microbiology: CDS 4300 or CDS 3300 or BIO 2200 or BIO 3500
  • Medical Terminology: CDS 2100
  • Physics: PHY 1010 or PHY 1020 or PHY 1080 or PHY 1090

To determine if the course(s) you took from another institution meet the prerequisite requirements:

  1. Go to: https://www.oakland.edu/registrar/transfer-equivalencies
  2. Select the Institution of interest by entering the name or selecting from the list by pressing the down arrow, once the institution is selected click “Display Transfer Information”.
  3. Enter an Oakland University course listed above in the box “Search for a class…”, press Search (please remember to leave a space between the letters and numbers for the course).
  4. The course(s) listed under the selected institution are equivalent for the  prerequisite requirements and will be accepted.

If no course is listed under the selected institution, then there is not an equivalent course to the specific Oakland University course entered (or you didn’t leave a space between the letters and numbers).

If you would like someone to review the course for consideration to determine equivalency requirement, please forward the syllabus AND link to the syllabus for review to pascience@oakland.edu.

Additional Application Considerations
  • Volunteer experience is highly encouraged and may also count toward Healthcare/Direct Patient Care hours/experience
  • Leadership experience is highly encouraged
  • Participation in a Pre-PA Society Club is highly encouraged
How to Apply
  • Oakland MPAS will not be participating in the CASPA application cycle for our first cohort (October 2024)
  • Applications must be submitted to Oakland University's Graduate School
    • Applications will open Spring 2023
    • Application deadline will be January 2024

Please continue to monitor this website for information on availability of the MPAS application.

The first cohort will commence October 2024, pending ARC-PA approval.

Curriculum

The MPAS program includes theoretical, clinical practice, and research courses and experiences to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the application process, degree requirements and curriculum.

Resources

Financial Aid
There are stipends and some scholarships available for students enrolled in the program. Specific information is given to students at the time of MPAS orientation. Information concerning financial aid and financial resources can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services, 120 North Foundation Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, (248) 370-2550.

Tuition and Books
Estimated cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks for in-state and out-of-state tuition to be announced.

Information Session

We invite you to attend one of our Information Sessions that will cover prerequisite requirements, application instructions, and application timeline.

  • December 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. - Online*
  • January 17, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - In Person (1050 Human Health Building)
  • February 21, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - Online*
  • March 21, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - In Person (1050 Human Health Building)
  • April 18, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - Online*

*Link for online sessions will be provided on this page the day of the event.

Please note: The Information Sessions are not designed to go through each person's transcripts to determine equivalencies and qualifications.

For more information, please email pascience@oakland.edu.

Career Information

Physician assistants are versatile and collaborative medical professionals. PAs practice in every medical setting in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. They work in hospitals, medical offices, community health centers, nursing homes, retail clinics, educational facilities, workplace clinics, federal government agencies, and correctional institutions.

Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of PAs is projected to grow 31 percent from 2019 to 2029, significantly faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for healthcare services grows, PAs will be needed to provide care to patients.

Average Salary
The BLS reports that the median annual salary for PAs was $115,390 in May 2020.

Contact Us

Please direct all admissions questions to  pascience@oakland.edu

Constance Burke, JD, MS, PA-C
Program Director and Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Science
caburke2@oakland.edu

Daniel Burns
Office Assistant