Admissions for Physician Assistants
Students apply as freshmen for the five-year, entry-level Master's program. Within the five year period, students earn both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. The admissions criteria for these applicants are posted below. Because the process of admissions is very competitive, students must have a strong academic record. There are some additional strategies to improve your chances of gaining admission.
- Advanced Science & Math Skills: Applicants should demonstrate academic success with high-level science and math courses.
- Leadership Skills: Demonstration of leadership in school or community organizations is a benefit and strengthens your application.
- Demonstration of knowledge of the PA Profession and Shadowing Experience: Applicants should have an understanding of the PA profession. Observing a PA in clinical practice is a great way to gain that understanding. Shadowing can be accomplished by contacting a PA and asking if you may observe them during their practice. Although there is not a required number of hours to successfully shadow a PA, applicant should use this as an opportunity to learn as much about the profession and the various roles of a PA as possible.
Freshman Admission Requirements
Admission to the Physician Assistant program at the freshman level requires the following:
- a minimum Q.P.A. of at least 3.0 (admitted freshman usually have a GPA much higher than the minimum)
- a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,100 if the test was taken prior to March 2016. For tests taken March 2016 and later, a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,170; or a composite ACT score of at least 24 (admitted freshman usually have test scores much higher than the minimum)
- a minimum of seven units of math and science
- evidence of extracurricular activities during high school
- knowledge of the physician assistant profession
It is recommended that students begin shadowing/observing a physician assistant while in high school to become more familiar with the profession. Students who meet all academic and program requirements during the pre-professional phase will be guaranteed admittance into the accredited phase.
The application deadline for freshmen is December 1st. Applications will not be accepted after that date.
Due to capacity constraints we are not accepting transfer or second-degree applications to the PA program. Any student with more than 12 post-secondary credits is considered a transfer student.
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