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Admission Preference Program

Admission Preference candidacy is a unique opportunity to have first priority consideration for admission into the Methodist University PA Program at the completion of undergraduate coursework. Students who satisfactorily complete the course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree in Biology, Chemistry, Athletic Training, or Exercise Science at Methodist University, and who successfully complete all Admission Preference requirements, will have first consideration in the graduate PA program. This program applies only to high school seniors or entering college freshmen (transfer students are not eligible) who declare one of the above majors on their Application for Undergraduate Admission.

Applicants must meet the following initial requirements in order to be considered for the Admission Preference Program:

  • Minimum score on SAT of 1000/ACT minimum score of 22 or higher (recommended SAT score of 1150 or better)
  • Graduate with an overall high school GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale

Interested students must contact the Admissions office for more information and or an application. Once accepted, the student is designated "Admission Preference" by the PA Program. The student will receive preferential consideration for the PA Program upon completion of the following requirements while at Methodist University:

  • Completion of a four-year course of study leading to a B.S or B.A. in the previously mentioned majors at Methodist University
  • Completion of all required medical core prerequisites courses (refer to AP course of study), maintaining an overall medical core GPA of 3.4 or better
  • Competitive score on the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) with a recommended score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections. GRE's are to be completed in the senior year of undergraduate studies.
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or better in all course work taken at Methodist University
  • No science grade below a "C"
  • Completion of a minimum of 500 hours of program approved direct patient contact
  • Completion of all other requirements as listed in the Methodist University Academic Catalogue

Students who fail to maintain these standards will lose their "Admission Preference" designation and will no longer receive primary consideration into the PA Graduate Program. The student may still, however, be eligible to apply to the PA Program and be admitted through the normal channels.