Admission Criteria

Due to the limited number of available seats, the selection process for admission to the PA department is extremely competitive. We accept applications for admission from freshmen and transfer students.

Review admissions criteria:

Incoming Freshmen

Admission to the Physician Assistant program is offered to a select group of students who meet the following criteria:

  • Combined SAT score of at least 1100 (Math & Critical Reading sections) or a composite ACT score of 24 or higher.
  • Rank in at least the upper fourth of his/her graduating class.
  • A minimum class average of 85 percent.
  • Three years of math, one year of Chemistry and one year of Biology. Math and science subjects must have a minimum grade of at least 83 (B-).
  • Provide official documentation of at least 80 hours of direct patient contact hours either through volunteer activities or employment activities.
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application.
  • Submission of all required supplemental application materials postmarked by November 1st.

Transfer Students

Admission to the Physician Assistant program is offered to a select group of transfer students who meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum overall and science GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earned grade of B- or better in all science courses (which can only be transferred in for direct credit to the program if they are less than six years old at the time of acceptance into the department).
  • Provide official documentation of at least 80 hours of direct patient contact hours either through volunteer activities or employment activities.
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application.
  • Submission of all required supplemental application materials postmarked by November 1st.

Following review of application materials, select applicants are invited for an interview by PA department faculty and practicing physician assistants. Not all applicants who meet the minimum application requirements will be invited to campus for an interview.

Qualified applicants are determined on the basis of several criteria:

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Written application materials
  • Results of personal interview
  • Ability to master the rigorous academic content of the program
  • Emotional maturity and understanding of and motivation to enter the profession

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Program History

Since 1995, the program has graduated over 550 physician assistants who work across the nation in a broad spectrum of medical disciplines.

Physician Assistant Faculty with students
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