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What is a PA?

With a projected physician shortage by 2020, Physician Assistants will provide a critical role in meeting the primary care needs of an aging population in the United States. Physician Assistant is one of today's fastest growing health care professions.

Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Trained mainly in primary care, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and may also write prescriptions. PAs practice in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and surgery. They may also work in specialty fields such as cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics and emergency medicine. Find out more about the Physician Assistant Profession at the American Academy of Physician Assistant's web site.

The University of Detroit Mercy's PA Program offers two admission pathways for those interested in applying to the PA program.

If you have questions, contact us, or if you are ready, apply online.

Certification Rates

Detroit Mercy's College of Health Professions has been educating PAs since 1972. We offer diverse opportunities for clinical education taught by an experienced PA faculty.

We have been continuously accredited since 1972 and our graduates have excellent national certification rates. You can view the current results by clicking below.

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    PANCE Results

    The Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), holds membership in the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, and is host to a student chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Our graduates have excellent national certification pass rates. Click this link to view the PANCE Results Summary - Pass rates.

    Detroit Mercy's Physician Assistant Program has been educating PAs since 1972. Our graduates go on to work in all areas of medicine and many can be found in leadership position in most of the major health systems in the metro Detroit area. Several of our graduates have continued their education in selective post graduate residencies. See the FAQ page for more information.

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    Accreditation

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Detroit Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of Detroit Mercy.  Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2019.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

    Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
    12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
    Johns Creek, GA 30097
    770-476-1224
    http://www.arc-pa.org
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    Preceptors

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    Additional Resources

    PA Professional Organizations

    MAPA Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants home page
    AAPA American Academy of Physician Assistants
    NCCPA National Commission on Certification of PAs web site

    Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

    The SAAAPA Web Site functions as an information resource for PA students across the country as well as those interested in exploring a career as a physician assistant.

    Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards.

    Job and Financial Aid Links

    Medical Opportunities in Michigan MOM is a free service of the Michigan Health Council, a nonprofit organization established in 1943. MOM helps physician assistants connect with the Michigan communities and healthcare employers that need them.
     
    MedCareers Online database of healthcare job opportunities and resumes.
    PAWorld.net Physician Assistant Resources "For the love of medicine and patients"
    Michigan State Loan Repayment Program The Michigan SLRP provides loan repayment assistance to medical, dental and mental health care professionals who are willing to provide full-time health care services in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) at a not-for-profit health clinic for two or more years.
    Federal and state help to pay off students loans From ExploreHealthCareers.org,  a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website.
    The National Health Service Corps The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), through scholarship and loan repayment programs, helps Health Professional Shortage Areas in the U.S. get the medical, dental, and mental health providers they need to meet their tremendous need for health care.

    Academic Resources

    Medscape Medical news and information, continuing education and conference coverage. From WebMD.
    Prescribing Reference PA prescribing reference
    12 Lead EKGs Reading 12 lead EKGs
    US National Library of Medicine U.S. National Library of Medicine The world's largest medical library and creator of MEDLINE/PubMed
    HSTAT HSTAT is a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. HSTAT's audience includes health care providers, health service researchers, policy makers, payers, consumers and the information professionals who serve these groups.
    PubMed Central (PMC) PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PMC is free and unrestricted.
    Postgraduate Medicine Free access medical research and articles on medical topics.
    Biomed Central

    The research articles in all journals published by BioMed Central are open access. They are immediately and permanently available online without charge.

    Other Professional Organizations

    AMA American Medical Association web page

    Related Links

    Alumni eConnect eConnect is Detroit Mercy's online alumni update including news, events and activities through a web-based communication. This site contains the link to the College of Health Professions Healthy Times newsletter online, a periodic web-based newsletter from the University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions
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