Pre-PA Student Resources

What is a Pre-PA Student? A Pre-PA Student who is in their undergraduate studies and is interested in pursuing PA studies to become a Physician Assistant (ever heard the term pre-med? similar concept applies here!). Pre-PA Students are also known as a prospective Physician Assistant student.

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Pre-PA Student Resources

What is a Pre-PA Student? A Pre-PA Student who is in their undergraduate studies and is interested in pursuing PA studies to become a Physician Assistant (ever heard the term pre-med? similar concept applies here!). Pre-PA Students are also known as a prospective Physician Assistant student.

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Basics of the PA Profession in Canada

Before you move any further in your PA journey, you must understand What is a Physician Assistant? Being able to describe the role, education, scope of practice and how PAs are able to provide patient care is an important first step. I have a few Infographics about Canadian PAs which provide a good summary of where PAs can practice in Canada. PAs function as physician extenders within a health care team, within a unique  PA/MD supervisory relationship.

PA Salaries in Canada differ from PAs make in the United States, because we work within different health care systems. PA salaries d between provinces, specialties,  practice settings and with individual PA experience. I’ve also written about the benefits of being a Physician Assistant, including work/life balance, length of school, continuing education and more.

Scroll to the bottom to learn more about how PAs find jobs in Canada (Under the section “Canadian PA Job Market”). 

There are several steps to become a Canadian Certified Physician Assistant in Canada:

  1. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to Apply to a Canadian PA program. No exceptions.
  2. Review the requirements to apply to Canadian PA programs, which differ by school:
    1. You must have 2-4 years of undergraduate studies (university level, not college level)
    2. Meet minimum GPA requirements
    3. Have clinical experience hours (UofT only)
    4. Letters of reference (Manitoba and UofT only) and more.
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      * Always check official PA programs websites for the most up-to-date information on PA schools.
      ** PA programs are competitive just like other health care programs, I list a few articles below on how to strengthen your PA application.
  3. If you received your undergraduate degree outside of Canada, there are a few extra steps you have to follow (this includes International Medical Graduates/IMG) to credential your grades.

What is helpful sometimes is understanding the difference between a PA vs. MD, vs. NP, or other health care providers:

If you’re looking for more resources (apart from this blog) on where to learn about Physician Assistants in Canada, check out the Top 10 Resources to Learn about the PA Profession in Canada

If you are an American PA-C, you can practice in Canada: Right now, Canada only accepts American Certified Physician Assistants (PA-C’s) who have trained in the United States to work in Canada.

If you are a PA from another country (e.g. United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ghana, India), you would have to complete a PA education program in American or Canada to work as a PA in Canada. International PAs who are not American PA-Cs cannot currently practice in Canada.

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Learn about the PA programs in Canada

There are only four PA programs in Canada. You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada in order to apply.

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Canadian PA Student Profiles

Hear from 1st and 2nd year PA program students from the 3 civilian PA programs in Canada!

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Recommended Prep Books for PA Admissions

Whether you are preparing your PA supplementary application, statement of intent, or doing research on how to excel on the Multi-Mini Interview, these are the most helpful books I have found for preparing for Canadian PA Admissions!

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Join the Canadian Pre-PA Student Networking Group on Facebook. Its a community of Canadian Pre-PAs, current PA students, and practicing Canadian PAs answering Q&A.

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