Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program

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.

For more information regarding the PA Program and for details about applying to the UToledo PA Program, please view the UToledo PA Program Manual. For those individuals who wish to attend the comprehensive information sessions, the dates and times are listed under the Information Sessions tab.  Candidates are urged to carefully review the Manual before applying.  The deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 1 of the year prior to enrollment.

State-of-the-Art Campus

The UTPA 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

The University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio, which is in a scenic area of northwest Ohio and is within easy driving distance of three major metropolitan areas: Cleveland (110 miles), Detroit (60 miles), and Chicago (294 miles).

Expert Faculty

The Physician Assistant Program also enjoys the contributions of the expert faculty at UToledo and the greater Toledo area including basic scientists, physicians, physician assistants, and other health care practitioners.

Diversity Leader

The University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program is the proud recipient of the 2011 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Excellence Through Diversity Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in fostering diversity in PA education through outreach and advocacy. Read more about this prestigious award.

The University of Toledo understands the importance of having a diverse student body, faculty, residents and staff and has a number of diversity initiatives to support these efforts. Please find further information about these initiatives on our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

professional licensure information

The University of Toledo (UToledo) programs leading to licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement, whether delivered online or face-to-face, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.               

Requirements for licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement eligibility vary from one profession to another and from state to state.                

For students who wish to practice in a state other than Ohio, please contact the program director/advisor to discuss if you will need to satisfy additional requirements in that state. The following national site contains state board directories.

About Physician Assistants

Physician assistants are health care professionals, prepared and licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Within the physician/PA relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in decision-making and provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The role of the Physician Assistant includes provision of primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practices located in rural, urban or suburban areas. Physician Assistant practice is patient care centered but may include education, research and administration duties. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national organization that represents graduate PAs. The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) serves the interests of PA students. The UToledo PA Program is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), which is the national organization representing Physician Assistant education and is accredited under the high standards of the ARC-PA, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant, Inc.

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Last Updated: 9/6/22