Physician Assistant Studies

COVID-19 Updates and PA Program Applications

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayne State University will be implementing an optional P/N grading policy for undergraduate students for the Winter 2020 semester. Students can find more information on the Office of the Registrar's Winter 2020 Pass/No Pass Grading page. A compiled list of responses regarding the P/N policy is linked for applicant convenience.  Please continue to check back as the PMHSC staff will update as information is received. 

Wayne State University offers an excellent Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies through the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The PMHSC supports students intending to apply to this program throughout their undergraduate career. Additionally, we encourage and support applications to all programs where the applicant will be competitive. WSU students preparing for PA school who would like to receive the communications, services, and support of the WSU PMHSC should plan to attend a Pre-PA Information Session.  Students can RSVP by visiting the Information Sessions page. 

Students must earn a bachelor's degree prior to beginning this program. While the admissions committee does not prefer one major over another, it is important to pick a major that allows you to achieve excellent grades while working on the program prerequisites. All program prerequisites for WSU's program must be completed with a B (3.0) or better. Keep in mind that other PA programs may have different grade minimums and prerequisites.  


BIO 2870 - Anatomy & Physiology 5 cr
BIO 3200 (Human Physiology) and one other physiology course 6-7 cr

BIO 2270/2271 - Principles of Microbiology 


BIO 3250/3251 - Molecular Mechanisms of Microbiology 

5 cr


Recommended WSU/EMU/UDM only
CHM 1100/1130 - General Chemistry 1 CHM 1020 - Survey of Gen Chm
CHM 1240/1250 - Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 1030 - Survey of Organic/Biochemistry
*Biochem (BIO 3100) Required for many programs


CLS 3300 - Medical Terminology 1 cr
NFS 2030 or 3230 - Nutrition 3 cr
STA 1020 or PSY 2030 or PH 3200 or MAT 2210 - Statistics 3 cr
PSY 2400 - Developmental Psychology 4 cr
ENG 1020 - Basic Composition 3 cr
ENG 3010 or 3050 - Intermediate Comp or Technical Communications 3 cr

It is extremely important for competitive applicants to spend time getting hands-on patient contact hours prior to applying. The most complete description of appropriate experiences can be found on the website under Admissions Requirements. Please read the description carefully as you consider what type of work opportunity to pursue.

All interested potential applicants are encouraged to attend an information meeting. The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Please sign up prior to attending. 

There are other PA programs within the state of Michigan. Each program may have different requirements for admission and it is the student's responsibility to research those various requirements.

View a comparison chart of admissions requirements and statistics for Michigan physician assistant studies programs.

Central Michigan University

Concordia University - Ann Arbor

Eastern Michigan University

Grand Valley State University

Lawrence Technological University

Michigan State University

University of Detroit-Mercy

University of Michigan - Flint

Western Michigan University


Most PA programs participate in a centralized application system called CASPA. The website has helpful tips and suggestions as well as detailed instructions about the application process. It is the student's responsibility to educate themselves about the application and its various deadlines.

Applicants are required to take the GRE as part of their application. The GRE is a general examination of a student's verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing skills. Get more information.

Students interested in learning  more about the PA profession can review PAEA's infographic for descriptions and statistics related to the field.