Canadian PA Programs

There are 3 Canadian PA programs in Canada. These PA programs are the only ones that are nationally accredited in Canada.

Once you have completed a PA program you can challenge the PA Certification Exam to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant (CCPA) in Canada.

How to Become a PA in Canada

McMaster University PA Education Program

Visit McMaster’s PA program Website

University of Toronto’s BScPA Program

  • Located in Toronto, ON
  • Also known as PA Consortium – a consortium between the University of Toronto, Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, and Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • 2 year PA Program, you graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in PA Studies (BScPA) from University of Toronto
  • 1st year in a combination of online distance education and in-classroom learning called “residential blocks”; 2nd year is clinical rotations
  • Contact: admissions.pa@utoronto.ca
  • Additional Resources:
Visit the PA Consortium Website

University of Manitoba Masters of PA Studies (MPAS)

  • Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • A ~2 year Master’s program, the only Masters in PA Studies offered in Canada
  • 1st year is in-classroom learning, 2nd year is clinical rotations
  • You are required to complete a research capstone project
  • Contact: MPAS@umanitoba.ca
  • Additional Resources:
Visit the Manitoba MPAS Website

Becoming a PA in the Canadian Armed Forces

Once you have completed a PA program in Canada, you may apply for a Military PA Position.

Canadian Armed Forces PA Website