Wayne State University

Program FAQs

  • How much does the program cost?

    Graduate tuition is established yearly by the Wayne State University Board of Governors. The WSU PA Studies program is a 54- credit hour graduate program, of which 30 credits are in the first year and the remaining 24 credits in the second year. For more information about tution, review Wayne State University tuition information. WSU PA Studies program tuition is the least costly of all Michigan physician assistant programs. The WSU PA Studies program offers quality graduate education for a very reasonable price!

    ***As of August 2017 a proposal was submitted by the PAS program to the university in order to review the credit hour allocation of all PAS courses. If accepted the program credit hours will increase to 72 credit hours from the current 54 credit hours. These changes would begin as of May 2018. 

  • How do I get an application?

    Applications are available May 1 each year through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The WSU PA Studies program only accepts applications submitted through CASPA. Additionally, students must apply to the WSU Graduate School by the September 1 deadline. Both applications must be completed and submitted by September 1 in order to be considered for admission to the program.

  • How many students do you accept?

    We accept approximately 48-50 students into our program yearly.

  • What kind of health care experience are you looking for?

    To be considered, the 500 hours of direct hands on patient care experience must fulfill the following criteria: the work experience must involve the applicant's use of medical terminology on a regular basis; the applicant must apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in their direct hands on patient care experience in a health care setting; and the experience must involve familiarity of medical documentation and patient education. It is preferable that students have direct patient care experience in settings such as hospitals or clinics.

    Some examples of experience include, but are not limited to, EMT or paramedic, health educator, RN, patient care attendant or nurse's aide, clinic assistant, physical therapy or occupational therapy aide, exercise physiologist, international health care volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, medical technologist, therapist, clinical research assistant, etc. Some examples of experience not acceptable are PA or physician observer or shadow (in lieu of other direct hands-on health care experience), non-clinical research assistant positions, student clinical experience (student nurse, student EMT, student athletic trainer, or other health care student), student "intern" experiences, candy striper or junior volunteer positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, home health aide, wilderness medicine instructor, patient transporter, pharmaceutical representative, pharmacy technician, ski patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, patient sitter, medical secretary or other clerical positions. It is not required of applicants to have this experience as part of a paid position; but it is strongly encouraged. Please note that the minimum hours are just that - a minimum. Most individuals selected for the program greatly exceed this minimum.

  • What kind of student are you looking for? Is there a specific profile?

    There is no specific profile. However, we aim for students whose goals are aligned with the mission of our program, having beliefs and actions consistent with professionalism in medicine, an academic record reflective of high achievement, hands on direct patient care experience high on quality and quantity, favorable recommendations, leadership and commitment to community service, and the motivation to study intensively for long hours!

  • Is your program accredited?

    Yes. See the WSU PA Studies program accreditation page for more information.

  • Can I continue to work at my job while enrolled in your program?

    Students are strongly urged not to engage in employment for the duration of the program. Due to time commitments and scheduling, students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Studies program are not excused from program classes or clinical obligations because of full, part-time, or contingent employment. All classes and program sponsored/authorized activities are mandatory. If a student does engage in employment, he/she must insure that the employment shall in no way interfere with classes or program related activities