Canadian PA Programs

There are four Canadian PA programs in Canada, 1 military and 3 civilian programs. 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.

1. McMaster University

Official PA Program Website | Email: paprogram@mcmaster.ca

  • Located in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 2 year PA Program, you graduate with a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences in PA Studies (BHScPA)

  • 1st year is in-classroom learning, in the style of PBL; 2nd year is clinical rotations

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2. PA Consortium

Official PA Program Website | Email: admissions.pa@utoronto.ca

  • Located in Toronto, Ontario

  • A consortium between 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

3. University of Manitoba

Official PA Program Website | Email: MPAS@umanitoba.ca

  • 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

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4. Canadian Forces (Military PA Training)

Learn about Becoming a PA in Canada:

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6 Steps to Become a PA in Canada