Physician Assistant Studies Admissions
- A bachelor's degree from a four-year regionally accredited college or university. No specific major is required. An overall college GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
- Satisfactory completion (a letter grade of C or better) in the following medical core prerequisite courses. All coursework must be taken in the United States at a regionally accredited institution. A prerequisite GPA of 3.2 or higher is recommended (competitive GPA range is 3.4-3.6).
Course Semester Hour (s.h.) Requirement Microbiology with lab 4 s.h. Anatomy and Physiology with lab 4 s.h. 2 additional animal/human Biology courses* 8 s.h. General Chemistry I with lab 4 s.h. General Chemistry II with lab 4 s.h. Organic Chemistry I with lab** 4 s.h. Organic Chemistry II with lab** 4 s.h. Biochemistry** 3 s.h. Statistics 3 s.h. 2 semesters of Psychology 6 s.h. Medical Terminology*** 1 semester
*Examples of additional Biology courses that have counted for applicants: Principles/Foundations of Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology II, Cell Biology, Genetics, Cell Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Medical Microbiology, Developmental Biology, etc. Courses in ecology, nutrition or physical education will not fulfill this requirement
**Biochemistry and Organic Chemistries may not be combined into one course. All three courses (Org I, Org II, and Biochemistry) must be taken. No substitutions are allowed (i.e. Biochemistry will not count in the place of Organic Chemistry II if the applicant has not taken Organic Chemistry II).
***Applicants must receive a grade or Pass/Fail credit for Medical Terminology. CME credit or a certificate in Medical Terminology is not acceptable.
Requirements/FAQs about coursework:
Applicants can make application to the program, be interviewed and accepted if there are coursework deficiencies. However, to be admissible, applicants must be in progress or have a plan in place to complete coursework deficiencies by the program's start date in mid-August. If the applicant is accepted to the program, any prerequisite courses that are outstanding at the time of acceptance must be completed with a B- or higher.
No substitutions for coursework will be accepted.
There are no time restrictions on prerequisite coursework, but if courses like Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Medical Terminology were taken more than 5 years ago it is recommended to consider retaking the course(s) as a refresher.
Any course with a letter grade of C- or below must be retaken to count. Lectures and labs for the sciences are not averaged together.
To benefit the applicant upon matriculation and to make an application more competitive, it is highly recommended coursework be taken at a four-year regionally accredited college or university, or at a community college through a college transfer program. It is strongly recommended coursework such as upper level Biology, A&P, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry I and II, and Biochemistry be taken at the university level.
Online courses in statistics, psychology, and medical terminology have been accepted, but online courses for biology and chemistry requirements are highly discouraged.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Official scores must be provided to the program to be considered for an interview and scores must be within 5 years of applying. The program recommends a verbal and quantitative combined score of 297 (competitive range is 50th percentile in each section)
- A minimum of 500 hours clinical experience with direct patient contact. Applicants selected must complete all required hours by July 15th of the year planning to enter.
- No history of drug abuse or conviction of a felony.
- No history of dismissal from a PA, medical, or nursing school for academic or disciplinary reasons.
- Advanced Placement:
The program does accept advanced placement (AP) credit from high school for prerequisite coursework.
The program does not grant advanced placement into the program based on previous educational experiences. For example, if a student has been enrolled in another medical program (i.e. PA school, medical school), coursework completed in the previous program will not replace any curricular components of our program, if accepted. All required curricular components of the program must be completed.
- Applicants who have completed their degree outside the US must follow policies for Foreign Graduates.
- Applicants must also meet the program's Technical Standards.
- Completion of a successful interview with the Admissions Selection Committee.