Program Information

School: McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Physician Assistant
Description: Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who work with physicians to provide health care. Under the overall supervision of a physician PAs take histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery. A PA’s practice may also include education, research and administration.

In 2008, McMaster became one of the first institutions in Canada to launch a Physician Assistant Education Program. The inaugural class of 21 students will pioneer a new role in health care provision in the province. The PA program will lead to the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physician Assistant). The program will be taught using inquiry and problem-based-learning, which enhance each student’s ability to think critically, solve problems, demonstrate initiative and independence in practice, and promote lifelong learning. The content and competency objectives of the program were defined with reference to the National Occupational Competency Profile (NCP) developed by the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA).

URL: Physician Assistant Education at McMaster University – Faculty of Health Sciences
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes supplementary fees.

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:

  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. 176] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]

If you have been asked to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum requirements as specified by McMaster. Acceptable tests of English Language Proficiency and their respective minimum score requirements are as follows: IELTS – 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening); CAE – 176 overall with minimum score of 154 in each component; PTE – 60 overall with minimum score of 60 in Writing and Speaking; CAEL – 70 overall; MELAB – 85 overall (minimum 80 in each of the three required components, minimum 3 in optional speaking component); TOEFL IBT – 86 overall with a minimum score of 20 on each of the four components (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening). Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. To view exemptions from McMaster’s English proficiency testing requirements, please visit: