Do I meet Admission Criteria for Canadian Physician Assistant Programs?

Do I meet Admission Criteria for Canadian Physician Assistant Programs?

Canadian Physician Assistant Program Admission Requirements

There are four PA programs in Canada, one military and three civilian programs. The most common questions we get in our Canadian Pre-PA Student Networking Group often have to do with, “I have a GPA of X, is this good enough to get in? What courses do you recommend taking? Do I need health care experience  to apply to the PA Programs in Canada?” Each PA Program differs in terms of what they want submitted (e.g. transcripts, letters of reference), pre-requisite courses, GPA, supplementary application format and even the format of the Multi-Mini Interview.


University of Manitoba McMaster University PA Consortium
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba Hamilton, Ontario Toronto, Ontario
Degree Master’s Bachelor’s Bachelor’s


The three Canadian Physician Assistant schools all start in September, and set their deadlines for September start in January/February of the year.  Here are the deadlines for September 2018 intake start:

University of Manitoba McMaster University PA Consortium
January 15, 2018
Deadline for Application Submission through Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Radius PortalAll material must be submitted (MPAS Supplementary application, letters of reference, transcripts, Police Check, etc.)
Deadline 1: February 1, 2018
OUAC Application, transcripts & supporting documentation submitted to PA office
Deadline 1: January 15, 2018
University of Toronto Online Application through OUAC, keep track of your OUAC reference number
Deadline 2: February 21, 2018
Supplementary Application fee due ($85) access to supplementary application will be emailed mid February.
Deadline 2: February 1, 2018
1) Transcripts & Proof of English Language Proficiency
2) All supplementary documentation

What are the admission requirements of Canadian PA schools?

Each school is slightly different depending on the school and the year. Always check the PA program websites for the most up to date informationThis post was last updated in November 2017.

Don’t forget to download our free Canadian PA Admissions Cheat Sheet.

University of Manitoba’s

Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies

Website: http://umanitoba.ca/physicianassistant/ | Twitter: http://twitter.com/MBMPAS


  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Degree: Master’s of PA Studies
  • ~2 year program / 96 weeks of medical education:
    • 1st year: Late August to July
    • 2nd year: 13 months of clinical rotations in Manitoba, with 1/4 of clinical education in rural environments
  • MPAS takes 15 students each year

Admission Requirements: 

  • Canadian citizen or Permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum 4 year Bachelor’s degree from recognized colleges and universities
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4.5.
  • 3 letters of recommendations (one must be a current/recent employer, supervisor, student advisor or professor)
  • Required Courses: Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Biochemistry. Helpful courses: Microbiology and Psychology

Attributes of Competitive Applicants: 

From their MPAS Application Bulletin:

  • Adjusted Cumulative GPA 3.5/4.5
  • Submit a “Statement of Intent” that answers 4 questions (see the MPAS Application Bulletin for four questions).
  • Achieving minimum grade B in Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Complete all aspects of MPAS Supplementary Application
  • Submit all supporting materials (letters or references, transcripts, police check)

Interview Format: 

University of Manitoba Application Deadlines: 

  • January 15, 2018: Submission of ALL documentation including online application through Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Radius Portal
  • Late February 2018: MMI Interview date released
  • Mid-March 2018: Invites to MMI sent out
  • Early April 2018: MMI Interview takes place

Be sure to read our posts about University of Manitoba’s Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies: 

  • University of Manitoba Physician Assistant Program Overview

McMaster University’s

Physician Assistant Education Program 

Website: https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/physicianassistant/ | Student Website: http://mcmasterpa.weebly.com
Twitter: @MPASA_Mac | Instagram: @MPASA_Mac

McMaster PAEP Info

  • Location: Hamilton, Ontario
  • Degree: Bachelors of Health Sciences in PA Studies (BHSc PA)
  • ~2 year program
    • 1st year: September to August
    • 2nd year: 48 weeks of supervised clinical placements
  • Number accepted: 24 applicants

Admission Requirements: 

  • Canadian citizen or Permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum 2 year undergraduate university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (OMSAS 4.0 scale)
  • No specific course requirements, no letters of reference.

Supplementary Application: 

  • Approximately mid February after you have registered for OUAC
  • Online supplementary application completed through Kira Talent
  • Both written and video component

Interview Format: 

  • Multi-Mini Interview (MMI)

McMaster University PAEP Timeline: 

  • February 1, 2018: Submit OUAC Form 105 and all transcripts
  • Mid-February 2018: Access to supplementary application released
  • Early April 2018: Invitations for MMI Interview sent out
  • Mid May 2018: Multi-Mini Interviews
  • Early June 2018: Offers of acceptance sent

Be sure to read our posts about McMaster PA Admissions:

University of Toronto’s

Consortium of Physician Assistant Education

Website: http://paconsortium.ca
Twitter: @PA_Program | Facebook: PA Program UofT | Facebook: PASA UofT

McMaster PAEP Info

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • Format: Distance and distributed education program, with majority of program delivered online
  • Degree: BScPA
  • ~2 year program
    • 1st year (3 semesters): September to August, 15 courses total, 120 hours of longitudinal clinical experience, 4 mandatory residential blocks
    • 2nd year (3 semesters): 40 weeks of supervised direct clincial contact in rural and urban settings. Half of the placements in northern Ontario, other half of placements in southern Ontario.

Admission Requirements: 

  • Canadian citizen or Permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum ~2 years undergraduate university (10 full year courses, 20 half year courses, or 4 semesters full time undergraduate study form recognized university)
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA (OMSAS 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum 910 health care experience hours (can be paid, as part of clinical placements or voluntary)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Supplementary Application

Preferred Admission Criteria

  • One full course equivalent (two semesters, or one full year course) of: Human Anatomy, Chemistry, and Physiology
  • Health care experience that is within the last 5 years
  • Direct hands on patient care experience, paid position as a health care provider
  • Current resident of Ontario
  • Residents of northern or rural community

Supplementary Application: 

  • Supplementary application is completed online through OUAC
  • PDF version of the application is available on the website, with questions for you to answer

Interview Format: 

  • Multi-Mini Interview (MMI)

PA Consortium Admissions Timeline: 

Be sure to read our posts about University of Toronto PA Admissions:

  • Physician Assistant Program course in University of Toronto

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About the Author:

Anne is a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant working in Orthopaedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ontario. She is the founder and a writer at canadianpa.ca. She is long time blogger and web graphic designer, and loves to use social media and tech as a medium to promote medical education and the PA Profession.