PA Program Requirements
PA Admission Fast Facts
Degree OfferedBachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant Program is 28.5 months in length, starting in August and ending approximately 2 ½ years later in December.
Admissions RequirementsAdmission to the Physician Assistant Program requires the applicant to successfully complete the following prior to matriculation:
All required prerequisite course work must be completed prior to application submission. 60 transferable credits from an accredited college or university. The applicant must complete approximately 2 years of required course work in specific disciplines as shown below:
Biological Sciences:1 year sequence recommended
|General Biology I & II w/labs||8 Credits|
|Anatomy and Physiology I & II w/labs||8 Credits|
|Chemistry; 1 year sequence recommended|
|General Chemistry I & II w/labs||8 Credits|
|Organic Chemistry I & II w/labs||8 Credits|
|Inorganic Chemistry I & II w/labs||8 Credits|
|Additional sciences recommended but not mandatory|
|Microbiology w/labs||4 Credits|
|Biochemistry (lab recommended)||4 Credits|
|Mathematics - (Pre-calculus orhigher)||3 Credits|
|English – 1 year sequence recommended|
|English Composition and Literature 1 & 2||6 Credits|
|Additional Writing or Literature (recommended but not mandatory)|
|Social Science/Humanities||12 Credits|
|Courses can be chosen from general education core or electives:|
|Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, etc.|
|Art, Music, Literature, History, Philosophy, etc.|
Required course work graded Pass/Fail or credit obtained by CLEP Examination or will not be accepted for any of the prerequisite courses.
GPA Calculation Worksheet - Please use this worksheet as a guide to understanding your GPA for the Physician Assistant Program.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and science grade point average of 2.6 is required.
- Grades below "C" are not accepted in transfer to the City College (e.g., C-, D+, D, D-, and F).
Physician Assistant Education Program Description
The program requires 28.5 continuous months of instruction divided into two phases and leads to a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Phase I, the Didactic Phase, consists of 13 months of basic medical sciences, pre-clinical sciences and professional studies course work. The basic medical and pre-clinical science courses introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific and clinical medicine. The professional studies courses are designed to provide understanding of professionalism, legal aspects of practice, medical ethics, practice-based learning and improvement and systems-based practice.
Phase II, the Clinical Education Phase,
consists of 13 months of required clerkships and elective clerkships.
The required clerkships are in specific areas of clinical medicine,
designed to provide a broad foundation for primary care clinical
practice. Elective clerkships may be selected from specialty or primary
NO DEGREE or Associates Obtained Outside of CUNY