The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program requires a series of prerequisite classes to prepare you for the program’s coursework. CASPA will use these courses to calculate a separate specific GPA used in the admission decision. All courses, except for Medical Terminology, must be at least three credit hours.
As a part of your application, you must fill out a Course Completion Form.
- Human Anatomy with Lab*
- Human Physiology with Lab*
- Microbiology with Lab*
- General Chemistry with Lab (two semesters)*
- Statistics or Biostatistics* (must include inferential)
- General Biology I with Lab* (no plant-based courses)
- Upper-Level Human Biology with lab preferred (3-5 credits)*
- Recommended courses: genetics, immunology, advanced molecular or cell biology
- Organic Chemistry with Lab*
- Introductory Psychology
- Medical Terminology (at least one credit)
*These courses comprise the prerequisite math/science GPA.
- Online courses are acceptable EXCEPT for science courses with labs.
- Dual credit courses are acceptable if recorded on a college transcript with a grade.
- Courses taken for AP credit will be accepted for prerequisite courses if a score of three or higher is earned. The course must appear on official university transcripts.
- For combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) classes, a full academic year curriculum is required.
- For other Human Biology courses, genetics, immunology, molecular or cell biology are acceptable. Plant-based biology courses will not be accepted.
- Class substitutions that do not cover the scope or information included in the above classes will not be accepted.
- Students are approved to retake one prerequisite course, up to five credit hours, and the higher grade will be used to calculate the math/science prerequisite GPA. Both courses will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. If more than one prerequisite course is retaken, both grades will be used.
Direct patient care requirement
You must have completed a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care involvement occurring in the United States (within the past five years) at the time of application submission.
Direct patient care experience can be achieved either through full-time, or part-time, employment, paid or non-paid services, or observing health care being provided. A minimum of 10 hours must be spent observing a practicing Physician Assistant.
This requirement is meant to help you achieve a knowledge base of the United States healthcare system and develop the skill set needed for the successful completion of our program. Not all health care positions can or will provide the appropriate experience. Accepted patient care hours will include the observation of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan for a patient.
Examples of Acceptable Direct Patient Experience
Clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis.
Acceptable clinical backgrounds, including, but not limited to:
- Internships (please specify)
- Certified Medical Assistant
- Medical Scribe
- Military Medic, Corpsman or Technician
- Nurse (LPN or RN)
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Paramedic / EMT (only hours with patients count)
- Patient Care Tech
- Radiology Technician
- Respiratory Therapist
- Shadowing hours
Clinical experiences NOT accepted include, but not limited to:
- Athletic training
- Camp or school-based experiences
- Dental assistant/hygienist
- Home health aide
- International Experiences
- Pharmacy technician
- Physical therapy aide
- Student clinical/training hours
- Unit coordinator
Other clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis. It is recommended prospective applicants seek approval from the Office of Student Enrollment Services for their direct patient contact hours if the student is unsure if the experiences will count.