Physician Assistant Education

The University of Dayton's Master of Physician Assistant Practice (MPAP) program will prepare you to become a knowledgeable, service-oriented and self-assured mid-level healthcare practitioner. Our program will use state-of-the-art technology blended with traditional hands-on experiences to provide our students with the best possible experience to prepare them for clinical practice.

The 27-month, seven-semester, modular-based curriculum program will be located on the fifth floor of the University's College Park Center, three floors above the University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Mission Statement

The Physician Assistant Education Department's mission is to produce physician assistants who are committed to the service of the human person through the skillful, compassionate, and ethical provision of health care within the context of the Catholic Marianist tradition. We emphasize excellent generalist care for the whole person, particularly upholding dignity for society's most vulnerable, in a learning environment which emphasizes leadership, life-long learning, and service.

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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Dayton Physician Assistant Program.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

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Wulff, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Susan 

Founding Chair and Director, Physician Assistant ProgramFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean
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Riddiford, M.D., Terri Wilkerson

Medical DirectorPart-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean
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Sheidler, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Jeb O.

Director of Didactic EducationFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean
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Huesman, MPAS, PA-C, Kelli K.

Director of Clinical EducationFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean
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Kidwell, Amy 

Senior Administrative SecretaryStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Office of the Dean

What will you be learning?

The table below provides the schedule of courses for the physician education program. 

Course Schedule

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You may also download the course schedule (pdf) >>

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Sue Wulff Recognized as Distinguished Fellow

Image of Sue WulffThe director of the University of Dayton's physician assistant program has received a national honor in her profession.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants recently recognized Sue Wulff, chair of the University's physician assistant education department, as a Distinguished Fellow. According to the AAPA, fellows are recognized for "their service to the physician assistant profession, their commitment to advancing health care for all people, and by their exemplary personal and professional development."

Wulff is one of 13 physician assistants in Ohio to be named Distinguished Fellows. Jeb Sheidler, the University's director of didactic education for the PA program, previously received this recognition in 2009.

"The national recognition of our director and one of our clinical faculty members as distinguished fellows in their profession is a testament to their professional contributions and the quality of the education they will offer in the University's new program," said Kevin Kelly, dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences.

What do you need to get started?

Admission to the University of Dayton PA department is highly competitive. In order to be considered for the interview process prior to admission, all applicants must have achieved all of these prerequisite elements prior to matriculation. 

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA, a prerequisite non-natural science GPA, and a prerequisite natural science GPA of 3.00. Only grades of C or above will be considered. A C- will not qualify for consideration into the prerequisite GPA.
  • Completed the prerequisite courses. See the link in the For More Information box.
  • Obtained health care experience. Students must provide proof of experience in the health care field. See the link in the For More Information box.
  • Obtained community service experience. Students must provide proof of a community service experience. See the link in the For More Information box.
  • Obtained 20 hours of physician assistant shadowing experience. Students must provide proof of shadowing experience. See the link in the For More Information box.
  • Provided three (3) letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a recent college professor and one from a health care professional who has known the applicant for at least six (6) months. Reference letters from relatives will not be accepted.


If an applicant has completed their prerequisite courses in a quarter system, please convert to semester using the following: each quarter hour of credit divided by 1.5 = semester credit hours. For example, a 6 quarter hour course = 4 semester hours.

  • Human anatomy with lab: 4 semester hours
  • Human physiology with lab: 4 semester hours
  • Microbiology with lab: 3-4 semester hours
  • Organic chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Biochemistry (lab preferred): 3-4 semester hours
  • General psychology: 3 semester hours
  • Second psychology course: 3 semester hours (i.e., life span development, abnormal psychology)
  • Statistics: 3-4 semester hours
  • Medical terminology: 2-3 semester hours


Applicants can apply prior to completing all prerequisite courses with the following conditions:

  • They have no more than two outstanding science courses.
  • All outstanding course(s) must be able to be completed prior to matriculation.

Any prerequisite courses completed after acceptance must meet the admission GPA. All science courses must have been successfully completed within 10 years prior to application. Any exceptions must be presented to the Department Chair for individual consideration.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is not required for admission to the program.

Download the complete admissions requirements for further details (pdf) >>

Ready to join the program?

The University of Dayton Physician Assistant Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications must be electronically submitted, completed and verified by CASPA by December 1 of the year prior to the expected date of matriculation. Applications remaining unverified by CASPA for any reason after the December 1 deadline will not be processed.

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The deadline for applying is December 1 of the year prior to the expected date of matriculation.

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Students will be selected for the interview process based on evaluation of their completed application. This interview is an essential part of the selection process used for PA students at the University of Dayton. Students will be assessed on their communication abilities, both written and oral, as well as their interpersonal skills. Completion of prerequisites does NOT guarantee an interview.

Candidate Selection for Admission

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Successful interview, which includes satisfactory written and oral communication skills as well as demonstrated maturity, motivation, and interest in the UD and PA Department mission
  • Knowledge of the PA profession
  • Vote of acceptance by the Admission Committee of the PA Department


The Physician Assistant program has 10 goals. Download PA program goals (pdf) >>

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) statistics will be posted when available. (The results of the first graduating class will not be available until 2017.)

Contact the Physician Assistant Program

Have questions? Not sure? Let us know how we can help you.

Physician Assistant Education
School of Education & Health Sciences
University of Dayton
College Park Center, Room 510
1529 Brown Street
Dayton, OH 45469-2958

Phone: (937) 229-2900
Fax: (937) 229-2903