Physician Assistants

Physician Assistant Education Program (PAEP)

In 2008, the Province welcomed the first class of PA students to the Physician Assistant Education Program (PAEP) at the University of Manitoba. A joint partnership between the faculties of Graduate Studies and Medicine, the two-year program is the only Master’s level program in Canada. The education and training the students receive in this program enable them to practice in a wide range of healthcare settings. For more information on the program, please visit the University of Manitoba.

Physician Assistant Regulation in Manitoba

Manitoba is currently the only jurisdiction in Canada that has specific legislation in place regarding physician assistant (PA) practice. PAs are regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) and have their own distinct category of registration.

Resources for Physician Assistants in Manitoba

For further questions regarding PA’s in Manitoba contact the PA/CA Program.

Clinical Assistant

A clinical assistants (CA) is a highly skilled health professionals with healthcare/medical background that provides medical services under the supervision of a licensed physician. The principal difference between a clinical assistant and a physician assistant (PA) is that a CA is not a graduate of a PA degree program.

All CAs are required to undergo an assessment of their skills before they are eligible for registration with the CPSM. This assessment is conducted through the Department of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Manitoba.

For more information on requirements for registration visit the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

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