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Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

P.A. Program Requirements

PA Admission Fast Facts

ARC-PA has mandated that by 2020, all physician assistant programs grant a graduate degree at the end of their curriculum. Therefore the national trend is for all PA programs to transition to master's level programs. Please check our website for changes to our curriculum in the near future. Please call 212-650-7745 for further information. 

Degree Offered
Bachelor 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 Requirements
Admission 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: Choose 1 year required sequence (8 credits) 

General Biology I & II w/labs
8 Credits 
Anatomy and Physiology I & II w/labs
8 Credits  

Chemistry: Choose 1 year required sequence (8 credits)

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
4 Credits
Biochemistry (lab recommended) 
4 Credits
Mathematics required- (Pre-calculus or higher)    
3 Credits        

English: 1 year sequence required

English Composition and Literature I & II
6 Credits   
Additional Writing or Literature (recommended but not mandatory)

Social Sciences/Humanities- required

Courses can be chosen from general education core or electives: Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, etc. Art, Music, Literature, History, Philosophy, etc.12 Credits                                               

Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG)

GPA Calculation Worksheet - Please use this worksheet as a guide to understanding your GPA for the Physician Assistant Program.

Please note:
  • Required course work graded Pass/Fail or credit obtained by CLEP Examination or will not be accepted for any of the prerequisite courses.
  • No groups or individuals are favored in admissions or enrollment practices.
  • While we encourage health care and community service, neither are required for admission.
  • There is no advanced placement for curricular content within the program.

CUNY Welcome Center

The CUNY Welcome Center serves as the University-wide Office of Undergraduate Admissions, offering assistance with all of your admission needs. They provide a wide array of services to help you explore, prepare and apply to CUNY. In addition to aiding prospective students, they also serve high school counselors and college advisors.


Admission decisions are made by the PA Program Admissions Committee, which assesses each applicant on the basis of cumulative GPA and science GPA, reference letters, personal statement, previous experience, personal attributes such as fitness with the mission of the Program, an on-site written essay and interview skills. Final decisions for admittance are made by the Committee. 


Academic Criteria
  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and science grade point average of 2.6 is required.
  2. 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 care areas.