PA Entry-Level: Requirements

Academic Prerequisites

PLEASE NOTE the following changes to the 2021 admissions cycle

  • For coursework completed, or in progress from March 2020 through August 2021, grades of P/NC or S/U will be accepted in lieu of letter grades.
  • Online courses from accredited institutions will be accepted toward requirements.
  • Minimum acceptable number of direct patient care hours required for application is 500 hours.

Please note: meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to the interview.
  • Have a cumulative CASPA Total Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
  • Have a cumulative CASPA Science Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
  • Have achieved a grade of C or better in the following courses with the minimum number of credits listed below:

Minimum Credit Hours

(quarter credits are acceptable)

English Composition 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences
(such as psychology, sociology, history, economics, and anthropology)
(such as philosophy, literature, women's studies, art, music, theater {not performance courses}, upper division language and religion)
Statistics or Biostatistics
(courses in statistics taken under certain majors such as psychology, sociology, and economics are acceptable)
General Chemistry
(two semesters of general chemistry {credits will vary by institution})
Organic Chemistry 3
Biochemistry 3
General Biology
(two semesters of general biology, cannot use anatomy and physiology for this requirement)
(recommend Medical Microbiology)
Genetics 3
Anatomy 3
Physiology 3

**AP courses may not be used to substitute any science prerequisites.**


The program stipulates that coursework in the natural sciences be designated for science/pre-med majors.  We prefer that science prerequisites be taken at a four-year science intensive University. It is strongly suggested that 1) all-natural science coursework be completed within seven years of application, 2) all prerequisites noted above be completed by the time of interview, and 3) a Baccalaureate degree be completed by the time of interview. 

All foreign coursework must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) and include a course by course evaluation. All applicants whose native or first language is not English must also score at least 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or an iBT total score of 90 (with no subscore lower than the minimums listed: Reading: 22, Listening: 21, Writing: 25, Speaking: 22) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years prior to admission. 

Direct Patient Care Requirements

Prior to the interview 1,000 hours (500 hours for the 2021 admissions cycle) of documented, direct patient care and/or health-related experience (either full or part-time) is required. Preference is given to those candidates with direct patient care or a broad range of health-related experience. Work experience as a paramedic, medical corpsman, respiratory therapist, emergency medical technician, nurse, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, medical laboratory technologist, counselor in a health care setting, scribe, etc. can meet this requirement. Up to 500 hours may be satisfied by direct patient-care experiences completed during clinical training in the health professions (e.g., practicums in nursing, clinical practice clerkships in allied health, graduate psychology internships, etc.). Volunteer direct patient care experiences may meet this requirement. Shadowing can be used towards this requirement, however, the program will only accept up to 200 hours of shadowing (100 hours for the 2021 admissions cycle).

Other Admission Requirements

  • Three references submitted through CASPA.
  • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS for Health Care Providers). ACLS certification is recommended if you are BLS certified and have a critical care background.  Do not take ACLS prior to the June start date of the program so that it does not expire prior to the end of the program.
  • The program requires a supplemental application.  There is a $100 non-refundable processing fee for the supplemental application which is located under the "program materials" section on CASPA. 
  • We do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), PA-CAT, or MCAT scores.
  • If you are offered an interview with the program, you will sign a condition form that you acknowledge that you have to send official transcripts to the program, show proof of current BLS certification, and successfully pass a criminal background check by June 1st (of the year you will be starting). Also, if you are offered a seat in the program you will be required to complete a specified online Medical Terminology course prior to beginning the program. Inability to meet the conditions of acceptance will result in the program rescinding the seat. 

All applicants who are interviewed are evaluated on the strength of their:

  • Academic Preparation
  • Clinical Experience
  • Personal Statements
  • References
  • Interview
  • Commitment to serving under-represented populations
  • Leadership potential
  • Commitment to primary care

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