Can International Students apply to PA School in Canada?
International Students cannot apply to PA school in Canada
Right now in Canada, you MUST be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada in order to apply to a Canadian PA Program.
Why? Although I can’t speak to why PA Admissions has made this a criteria, I suspect that it is because right now, PAs who study in Canada and become Canadian Certified Physician Assistants (CCPAs) can ONLY practice in Canada.
You cannot become a CCPA in Canada and then practice in the US, UK, or other countries.
Only the American PA Degree (PA-C) allows that kind of mobility.
See below for more information.
How to Study PA as an International Student
Canada does not accept International PAs EXCEPT if you are an American PA.
As mentioned above, to attend a Canadian PA program you MUST be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
The way to practice in Canada or the US, is to either:
Become a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, and then apply to a Canadian PA Program OR
Go to an American PA School as an International Student, get certified, then you can practice in Canada or the U.S.
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