Physician Assistant Studies students

Physician Assistant Program Admissions


  1. 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.
  2. Satisfactory completion (a letter grade of C or better) in the 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).
  3. 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 five years of applying. The program recommends a verbal and quantitative combined score of 297 (competitive range is 50th percentile in each section)
  4. A minimum of 500 hours clinical experience with direct patient contact completed by July 15. Although applicants may be in-progress of completing hours at the time of application, applicants who have completed and/or exceeded the minimum 500 hour requirement at the time of application are deemed more competitive.
  5. No history of drug abuse or conviction of a felony.
  6. No history of dismissal from a PA, medical, or nursing school for academic or disciplinary reasons.
  7. Applicants who have attended and/or completed a foreign or domestic medical school must have achieved a 3.0 overall GPA (program will use WES evaluation for GPA calculation for foreign schools), no history of dismissal from the medical program, and/or no failures on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
  8. 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.
  9. Applicants who have completed their degree outside the US must follow policies for Foreign Graduates.
  10. Applicants must also meet the program’s Technical Standards.
  11. Completion of a successful interview with the Admissions Selection Committee.

PA Program Comparison Chart

As applicants research physician assistant graduate programs, they can use this chart to compare the Methodist University PA Program to other programs.