- 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* 8 s.h. 1 additional animal/human Biology course** 3 s.h. Organic Chemistry I with lab*** 4 s.h. Biochemistry*** 3 s.h. Statistics 3 s.h. 1 semester of Psychology 3 s.h. Medical Terminology**** 1 semester
*Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs, or 4 s.h. of Anatomy and 4 s.h. of Physiology are acceptable ways to fulfill this requirement.
**Genetics is recommended, but other examples of additional Biology courses that will fulfill the requirement: Principles/Foundations of Biology I and II, Cell Biology, Cell Physiology, Molecular Biology, Medical Microbiology, etc. Courses in ecology, nutrition or physical education will not fulfill this requirement
***Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry may not be combined into one course.
****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 five 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 and in person.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.