Physician Assistant Studies


The University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program (UTPA) is a 27-month graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) degree with a Physician Assistant concentration. It was the first graduate level PA Program in the State of Ohio. The charter Physician Assistant class of twelve students was accepted in the Fall of 1996.

There will be 40 applicants accepted for the next incoming class.

State-Of-The-Art Campus

The UToledo PA Program and the College of Nursing share the fine facilities of the Collier Building on the Health Science Campus. The Physician Assistant Program classrooms and laboratories are state-of-the-art and include modern educational technology such as the Interprofessional Immersion Skill Center, The Center for Creative Instruction and The Ruth M. Hillebrand Clinical Skills Center

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Why UTOledo Physician Assistant Studies Program

  • Well-established PA Program: We are one of the first accredited PA programs in Ohio since 1996 and are the first graduate-level PA program in the state.  
  • Interdisciplinary training: Students participate in an interprofessional education (IPE) course with up to twelve other healthcare programs. 
  • Experience with underserved populations: Students see patients at the student-led Community Care Clinic in partnership with local clinicians, medical, pharmacy, nursing, and respiratory therapy students.  
  • Service-learning opportunities: Student engagement within the local Toledo community, like at a local urban garden that provides fresh, healthy foods to the community.  
  • PA Faculty: PA faculty are clinicians with experience in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and OBGYN. The PA Program faculty includes several military veterans. Also, several of the faculty are graduates of the UToledo PA Program.  
  • Curriculum:  
    • Follows a block course schedule that is highly structured, detailed, and focused on pertinent material. 
    • PA faculty are practicing clinicians knowledgeable about current topics in medicine.  
    • Faculty engage students in interactive learning with patient cases in the classroom and the SIM center.  
    • Curriculum fosters critical thinking, independent learning, and professionalism. 
    • Experienced academic faculty conduct continuous curriculum assessments for ongoing improvement.  
  • Student success: Promoted by personalized student-faculty academic support and the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) that provides comprehensive academic and wellness support services. 
  • Student leadership: Extensive leadership opportunities are available through the PA program, Physician Assistant national organizations, and student organizations within the University. 

Video: P.A. Patch Ceremony

“This patch means everything to me.”

Hear from our P.A. students, who received special patches for their white coats as they transition to clinical rotations for the last part of their 27-month program.



The University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio, on the western shore of Lake Erie. Nicknamed The Glass City, Toledo has the cultural amenities of a big city and the close-knit feel of a small town. We are within hours of most major Midwestern cities.

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Meet Marta Hernadi, MSBS, PA-C

Class of 2022, Physician Assistant Studies

"I am honored to be part of UToledo’s student community, where diversity truly matters. I appreciate our PA program and the exceptional faculty members for providing in-person education during the COVID pandemic; I believe the extended hands-on experience and on-campus learning will make us better providers. I could not be more excited to finally start my PA career that I have been preparing for the past six years!"

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Meet Stephen Brown

Class of 2022, Physician Assistant Studies

"PA school was one of the most challenging but rewarding times of my life. I feel confident that the didactic education and clinical experience I have received will serve as a strong foundation when I start my career as a healthcare professional. I look forward to transferring what I have learned into practice and continuing to learn in an exciting, new environment."

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Accreditation Status 

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Toledo. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.               

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2027 September. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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Last Updated: 3/13/24