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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.
Degree Offered

Master 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.


Admission Requirements

1.Applicants will submit applications through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).CASPA collects all elements of the application, and verifies the validity of each transcript, and then forwards completed applications to the program.

2.Deadline for applications is January 15th.

3.Prerequisite requirements will include a baccalaureate degree including the following prerequisites courses:

  • Biology I &II with laboratory
  • Chemistry I &II with laboratory
  • Microbiology with laboratory
  • Statistics
  • Two of the following courses: Cell &Molecular Biology, Genetics, Mammalian Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology I and II with laboratory  (count as one course) or Biochemistry
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, as well as a pre-requisite GPA of 3.0.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement.


International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Examination. A minimum score of 550 (or 75 Internet Based Testing) must be achieved.

Up to two pre-requisite courses may be pending when the application is submitted, as long as they will be completed by June 1st.Similarly, the baccalaureate degree may be in
progress, as long as conferral will occur by June 1st.

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.


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 3.0 and science grade point average of 3.0 is required.
  2. Grades below "C" are not accepted.
Physician Assistant Education Program Description

The program requires 28.5 continuous months of instruction divided into two phases and leads to a Master 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.