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Pre-Physician Assistant Status — Prepare for Master's Level PAS Studies

College of Saint Mary’s unique, five-year pre-PA/Physician Assistant Studies track combines pre-PA coursework that will academically prepare you for graduate professional programs and master of science in physician assistant studies.

The majority of students with pre-PA status are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology because the pre-requisite courses for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program align with the Human Biology curriculum.  However, additional programs and majors at College of Saint Mary are available to you with the pre-Physician Assistant status, depending on your past academic experiences.  The admissions committee will work with you to determine what program of study is most beneficial to you and your future career goals.

Length of Program

Students accepted into the pre-PAS status are assigned a level (1 – 3) according to the extent to which they have completed prerequisite courses necessary to start the graduate Physician Assistant program. Levels 4 and 5 are the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Levels 1-3 are for students accepted into pre-PAS status. Qualified applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed and recommended for acceptance at the appropriate level to the PAS Admissions Committee. Due to the limited number of available seats (40) in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, seats may not be available at all levels. Students will be admitted to the program at the highest level for which they are qualified AND in which seats exist. 

High School Graduates: You can become a physician assistant in five years instead of the traditional six to seven years it takes elsewhere with the comfort of knowing you will be admitted into our physician assistant program if you are accepted to our pre-physician assistant program and meet our progression requirements.

Transfer Students: You can transfer to College of Saint Mary and take missing prerequisites by joining us as a pre-physician assistant student during your second or third year of undergraduate study. You’ll have the security of knowing you will be admitted into College of Saint Mary’s master of science degree in physician assistant studies program if you are accepted as a pre-physician assistant student and meet the progression requirements.

Required Courses in Your Major

Level 1 Courses 

BIO 110/111 General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

BIO 330/331 Genetics Lecture/Lab

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

CHM 110/111 General Chemistry I/Lab

This course will provide a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. Topics include (but are not limited to): atomic structure, Periodic Table, chemical bonding, molecular structure and intermolecular attractions, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, stoichiometry, gases and properties of solutions.  The lab component will provide basic lab skills and techniques, along with hands-on investigation of the topics discussed in the lecture.

CHM 112/113 General Chemistry II/Lab

This course will provide a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena begun in CHM 110.  Topics include (but are not limited to): electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, spontaneity and entropy, orbital hybridization and molecular structure, solution chemistry, acids, bases and buffers.  The lab component will provide a series of experiments designed to complement the material covered in lecture.

Level 2 Courses

BIO 310/311 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will cover the chemical organization, cellular organization and tissue organization of the body. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and endocrine system. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the physiology of osseous tissue, muscle contraction and nerve function and conduction, as well as familiarity with the anatomy of neural pathways and CNS regional specialization.

BIO 312/313 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab

This course will cover the application of advanced anatomical and physiological concepts in a laboratory setting. Microscopic analysis of select tissues will be coupled with cadaver inspection, models, dissections and laboratory exercises to develop your understanding of the body systems covered in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I.

CHM 230/231 Organic Chemistry I/Lab

This course will introduce some of the basic concepts in organic chemistry – nomenclature, structures, properties, reactions of organic molecules and their relevance our day to day life. In addition students will analyze spectroscopic (FT-IR, NMR, UV-Vis and Mass-Spec) and other analytical data (Melting/Boiling points, Molecular Weight, Percent Elemental Composition) to determine the structure of unknown compound. The lab component will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. Use of various techniques for identification of organic compounds will be introduced. Techniques applied through the preparation of various organic compounds.

CHM 232/233 Organic Chemistry II/Lab

This course is the second semester of a comprehensive and somewhat rigorous survey of aliphatic and aromatic organic chemistry, with particular emphasis on reactions from both a synthetic as well as a mechanistic viewpoint. The topics include: Reactions of alkenes and alkynes, aromatic compounds, Alcohols and phenols, Ethers, Carboxylic acids and their derivatives. In addition, chemistry of important biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids will be discussed.  The lab component will reflect a continuation of CHM 231.

PSY 220 Lifespan Development 

This course examines the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of a person from conception through old age and death.

Level 3 Courses

BIO 300 General Microbiology Lecture

In this course, you will study the basic principles of microbiology. Topics covered will include the history of microbiology including classic experiments, microbial structure and function, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and genetics of microbes.

BIO 301 General Microbiology Lab

The lab component of General Microbiology will provide an introduction to microbiological techniques, as well as a hands-on investigation of bacterial anatomy and physiology, growth conditions, genetics and basic biotechnology.

BIO 340/341 Biochemistry Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a discussion of the structure and function of proteins (and enzymes), nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Energetics of biochemical reactions and enzyme kinetics will also be discussed. The lab component of this course will be an application of basic methods and techniques in biochemistry.

BIO 366 Pathophysiology

​This course deals with the disruption of normal physiology with the alterations, derangements and mechanisms involved in disruption and how they manifest themselves as signs, symptoms, physical and laboratory findings.

MTH 242 Statistics

In this course, you’ll learn collection and tabulation of data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling and hypothesis testing.

PSY 410 Abnormal Psychology

This course assesses the origins, treatments, and effects of abnormal psychological disorders.

 

Progression Requirements and Evaluation 

To progress from one Level of the Pre-PA program to the next Level, students must successfully meet the following criteria. Some criteria will be evaluated after each semester and some criteria will be evaluated after the academic year of each Level. The academic year will be defined as July 1st to June 30th.

Level 1 to Level 2

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 50 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
     

Level 2 to Level 3

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 100 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
     

Level 3 to Level 4 PAS first-year status

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 150 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
  • Take the GRE General Test
  • Possess or have the capability to earn a bachelor’s degree by the start of the second semester of Level 4 of the MSPAS program
  • Complete all MSPAS matriculation requirements within 6 months of entry into Level 4. This includes requirements for immunizations, tuberculosis screening, physical examination, criminal background check, urine drug screening, and health insurance requirements.
  • Meet the minimum technical standards for the MSPAS program
  • Present Portfolio to the Admissions Committee for final progression evaluation from Level 3 to Level 4

For more information, visit the course catalog.

*Pre-PA prerequisite GPA -Cumulative GPA of all pre-PA prerequisite courses including transfer credit.  

Any student not meeting the posted requirements at any time during the evaluation will not be allowed to continue in the pre-PA program. the student's advisor will then meet with the student to determine the best plan of study to complete a degree. The student may apply to the PAS program through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) once admission requirements are completed or planned. 

 

Accreditation Status

Regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation Statement

Physician assistant education is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

At its March 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the College of Saint Mary on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2021.  

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.  

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the pa [at] csm.edu (Program Director) and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).  

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Pre-Physician Assistant Status

Admission for pre-PA status will occur through a rolling admissions process. If minimum requirements are met, the PAS Admissions Committee will review the application and decide if an interview will be offered to you.  Due to the competitive nature of the MSPAS program, meeting minimum requirements does not ensure an invitation for an interview or acceptance as a pre-PA status student.  Following the interview, the Admissions Committee will determine acceptance as a pre-PAS status student. Applicants will be notified of the decision via letter. 

Pre-Physician Assistant Status Admissions Requirements

First-time / Full-time Freshman (High School Seniors)

  • ACT ≥ 24 or SAT ≥ 1180 combined
  • High school cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above
  • Ready to enter Math 114 (College Algebra) or higher
  • Ready to begin General Chemistry (CHM 110)
  • Personal statement essay discussing why you want to become a Physician Assistant
  • Participation in high school extra- and co-curricular activities, medical experiences, and/or clinical experiences
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Ability to comply with the CSM PA Program Technical Standards.
     

Transfer or Current CSM Student Admission

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (12 or more credits) or minimum GPA of 3.0 in PAS prerequisite classes (see Graduate Academic Catalog) after a minimum of 25 prerequisite semester credits have been completed 
  • Ready to enter Math 114 (College Algebra) or higher;
  • Ready to begin or have completed General Chemistry (CHM 110);
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Personal statement essay discussing why you want to become a Physician Assistant
  • Participation in extra-and-co-curricular activities, medical experiences, and/or clinical experiences
  • Ability to comply with the CSM PA Program Technical Standards.
     

Admission Process and Decisions

Admission to the program is competitive with a limited number of seats in each cohort. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions and Progression Committee and will be made based on the following:

  • Past academic performance (GPA and completed courses, particularly science and math courses)
  • Documented academic aptitude (ACT/SAT or collegiate GPA if more than 12 credit hours of collegiate work has been completed)
  • Extra- and co-curricular activities
  • Medical and/or clinical experiences (shadowing, volunteering, etc.)
  • Recommendations from qualified individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s character and performance
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (via essay, interview and/or review of letters of reference)
     

Application Process for Non-CSM Students and Transfers

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit application fee
  3. Submit required official transcripts
    • high school and college transcripts if applicable
  4. Submit names, phones and email addresses of 3 references
  5. Submit any previous medical and clinical experiences and extra- and co-curricular activities (form attached to electronic application)
  6. Submit essay (attach to electronic application)
  7. Submit résumé
  8. Review of application by the Admissions Committee
  9. If selected, participate in an on-campus interview with the Admissions Committee. Video conferencing interviews will be considered under certain circumstances. The PA program technical standards attestation form must be signed during the interview stating the ability to meet all required technical standards.
  10. Acceptance decision by the Admissions Committee following a complete application and interview.
     

Application Process for CSM Students

  1. Apply using the Internal Application for PA (Internal Application for OT NUR PA) on the Registrar’s page on MyCSM
  2. Submit names, phones and email addresses of 3 references
  3. Submit any previous medical and clinical experience and extra- and co-curricular activities
  4. Submit essay
  5. Submit résumé
  6. Review of application by the Admissions Committee
  7. If selected, participate in an interview the the Admissions Committee.  The PAS program technical standards attestation form must be signed during the interview stating the ability to meet all required technical standards.
  8. Acceptance decision by the Admissions Committee following a complete application and interview.

Academic Description

Pre-Physician Assistant Status — Prepare for Master's Level PAS Studies

College of Saint Mary’s unique, five-year pre-PA/Physician Assistant Studies track combines pre-PA coursework that will academically prepare you for graduate professional programs and master of science in physician assistant studies.

The majority of students with pre-PA status are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology because the pre-requisite courses for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program align with the Human Biology curriculum.  However, additional programs and majors at College of Saint Mary are available to you with the pre-Physician Assistant status, depending on your past academic experiences.  The admissions committee will work with you to determine what program of study is most beneficial to you and your future career goals.

Length of Program

Students accepted into the pre-PAS status are assigned a level (1 – 3) according to the extent to which they have completed prerequisite courses necessary to start the graduate Physician Assistant program. Levels 4 and 5 are the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Levels 1-3 are for students accepted into pre-PAS status. Qualified applicants’ transcripts will be reviewed and recommended for acceptance at the appropriate level to the PAS Admissions Committee. Due to the limited number of available seats (40) in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, seats may not be available at all levels. Students will be admitted to the program at the highest level for which they are qualified AND in which seats exist. 

High School Graduates: You can become a physician assistant in five years instead of the traditional six to seven years it takes elsewhere with the comfort of knowing you will be admitted into our physician assistant program if you are accepted to our pre-physician assistant program and meet our progression requirements.

Transfer Students: You can transfer to College of Saint Mary and take missing prerequisites by joining us as a pre-physician assistant student during your second or third year of undergraduate study. You’ll have the security of knowing you will be admitted into College of Saint Mary’s master of science degree in physician assistant studies program if you are accepted as a pre-physician assistant student and meet the progression requirements.

Accreditation

Accreditation Status

Regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation Statement

Physician assistant education is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

At its March 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the College of Saint Mary on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2021.  

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.  

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the pa [at] csm.edu (Program Director) and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).  

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary's Pre-Physician Assistant Status

Admission for pre-PA status will occur through a rolling admissions process. If minimum requirements are met, the PAS Admissions Committee will review the application and decide if an interview will be offered to you.  Due to the competitive nature of the MSPAS program, meeting minimum requirements does not ensure an invitation for an interview or acceptance as a pre-PA status student.  Following the interview, the Admissions Committee will determine acceptance as a pre-PAS status student. Applicants will be notified of the decision via letter. 

Pre-Physician Assistant Status Admissions Requirements

First-time / Full-time Freshman (High School Seniors)

  • ACT ≥ 24 or SAT ≥ 1180 combined
  • High school cumulative GPA: 3.0 or above
  • Ready to enter Math 114 (College Algebra) or higher
  • Ready to begin General Chemistry (CHM 110)
  • Personal statement essay discussing why you want to become a Physician Assistant
  • Participation in high school extra- and co-curricular activities, medical experiences, and/or clinical experiences
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Ability to comply with the CSM PA Program Technical Standards.
     

Transfer or Current CSM Student Admission

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (12 or more credits) or minimum GPA of 3.0 in PAS prerequisite classes (see Graduate Academic Catalog) after a minimum of 25 prerequisite semester credits have been completed 
  • Ready to enter Math 114 (College Algebra) or higher;
  • Ready to begin or have completed General Chemistry (CHM 110);
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Personal statement essay discussing why you want to become a Physician Assistant
  • Participation in extra-and-co-curricular activities, medical experiences, and/or clinical experiences
  • Ability to comply with the CSM PA Program Technical Standards.
     

Admission Process and Decisions

Admission to the program is competitive with a limited number of seats in each cohort. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions and Progression Committee and will be made based on the following:

  • Past academic performance (GPA and completed courses, particularly science and math courses)
  • Documented academic aptitude (ACT/SAT or collegiate GPA if more than 12 credit hours of collegiate work has been completed)
  • Extra- and co-curricular activities
  • Medical and/or clinical experiences (shadowing, volunteering, etc.)
  • Recommendations from qualified individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s character and performance
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (via essay, interview and/or review of letters of reference)
     

Application Process for Non-CSM Students and Transfers

  1. Apply online
  2. Submit application fee
  3. Submit required official transcripts
    • high school and college transcripts if applicable
  4. Submit names, phones and email addresses of 3 references
  5. Submit any previous medical and clinical experiences and extra- and co-curricular activities (form attached to electronic application)
  6. Submit essay (attach to electronic application)
  7. Submit résumé
  8. Review of application by the Admissions Committee
  9. If selected, participate in an on-campus interview with the Admissions Committee. Video conferencing interviews will be considered under certain circumstances. The PA program technical standards attestation form must be signed during the interview stating the ability to meet all required technical standards.
  10. Acceptance decision by the Admissions Committee following a complete application and interview.
     

Application Process for CSM Students

  1. Apply using the Internal Application for PA (Internal Application for OT NUR PA) on the Registrar’s page on MyCSM
  2. Submit names, phones and email addresses of 3 references
  3. Submit any previous medical and clinical experience and extra- and co-curricular activities
  4. Submit essay
  5. Submit résumé
  6. Review of application by the Admissions Committee
  7. If selected, participate in an interview the the Admissions Committee.  The PAS program technical standards attestation form must be signed during the interview stating the ability to meet all required technical standards.
  8. Acceptance decision by the Admissions Committee following a complete application and interview.

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Level 1 Courses 

BIO 110/111 General Cellular Biology Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will study the basic principles of biology. Course topics will focus on cellular principles, metabolism and genetics. The lab component will provide a hands-on investigation of topics discussed in the lecture.

BIO 330/331 Genetics Lecture/Lab

This course will provide an introduction to the basis of inheritance from molecular to organismal level with emphasis on the role of genetics in evolution and adaptation to the environment, as well as considerable human application. The lab component will provide a study of basic genetic principles with the aid of a variety of organisms and online lab exercises.

CHM 110/111 General Chemistry I/Lab

This course will provide a detailed, problem-oriented study of the fundamental principles that govern chemical processes and reactions. Topics include (but are not limited to): atomic structure, Periodic Table, chemical bonding, molecular structure and intermolecular attractions, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, stoichiometry, gases and properties of solutions.  The lab component will provide basic lab skills and techniques, along with hands-on investigation of the topics discussed in the lecture.

CHM 112/113 General Chemistry II/Lab

This course will provide a continuation of the problem-oriented study of chemical principles, theory and phenomena begun in CHM 110.  Topics include (but are not limited to): electrochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium, spontaneity and entropy, orbital hybridization and molecular structure, solution chemistry, acids, bases and buffers.  The lab component will provide a series of experiments designed to complement the material covered in lecture.

Level 2 Courses

BIO 310/311 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture/Lab

In this course, you will cover the chemical organization, cellular organization and tissue organization of the body. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and endocrine system. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the physiology of osseous tissue, muscle contraction and nerve function and conduction, as well as familiarity with the anatomy of neural pathways and CNS regional specialization.

BIO 312/313 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II Lecture/Lab

This course will cover the application of advanced anatomical and physiological concepts in a laboratory setting. Microscopic analysis of select tissues will be coupled with cadaver inspection, models, dissections and laboratory exercises to develop your understanding of the body systems covered in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I.

CHM 230/231 Organic Chemistry I/Lab

This course will introduce some of the basic concepts in organic chemistry – nomenclature, structures, properties, reactions of organic molecules and their relevance our day to day life. In addition students will analyze spectroscopic (FT-IR, NMR, UV-Vis and Mass-Spec) and other analytical data (Melting/Boiling points, Molecular Weight, Percent Elemental Composition) to determine the structure of unknown compound. The lab component will provide an introduction to the techniques of separation, isolation and purification of organic compounds. Use of various techniques for identification of organic compounds will be introduced. Techniques applied through the preparation of various organic compounds.

CHM 232/233 Organic Chemistry II/Lab

This course is the second semester of a comprehensive and somewhat rigorous survey of aliphatic and aromatic organic chemistry, with particular emphasis on reactions from both a synthetic as well as a mechanistic viewpoint. The topics include: Reactions of alkenes and alkynes, aromatic compounds, Alcohols and phenols, Ethers, Carboxylic acids and their derivatives. In addition, chemistry of important biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids will be discussed.  The lab component will reflect a continuation of CHM 231.

PSY 220 Lifespan Development 

This course examines the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of a person from conception through old age and death.

Level 3 Courses

BIO 300 General Microbiology Lecture

In this course, you will study the basic principles of microbiology. Topics covered will include the history of microbiology including classic experiments, microbial structure and function, nutrition, growth, control, metabolism and genetics of microbes.

BIO 301 General Microbiology Lab

The lab component of General Microbiology will provide an introduction to microbiological techniques, as well as a hands-on investigation of bacterial anatomy and physiology, growth conditions, genetics and basic biotechnology.

BIO 340/341 Biochemistry Lecture/Lab

This course will provide you with a discussion of the structure and function of proteins (and enzymes), nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Energetics of biochemical reactions and enzyme kinetics will also be discussed. The lab component of this course will be an application of basic methods and techniques in biochemistry.

BIO 366 Pathophysiology

​This course deals with the disruption of normal physiology with the alterations, derangements and mechanisms involved in disruption and how they manifest themselves as signs, symptoms, physical and laboratory findings.

MTH 242 Statistics

In this course, you’ll learn collection and tabulation of data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling and hypothesis testing.

PSY 410 Abnormal Psychology

This course assesses the origins, treatments, and effects of abnormal psychological disorders.

 

Degree Requirements

Progression Requirements and Evaluation 

To progress from one Level of the Pre-PA program to the next Level, students must successfully meet the following criteria. Some criteria will be evaluated after each semester and some criteria will be evaluated after the academic year of each Level. The academic year will be defined as July 1st to June 30th.

Level 1 to Level 2

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 50 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
     

Level 2 to Level 3

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 100 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
     

Level 3 to Level 4 PAS first-year status

  • Minimum cumulative Pre-PA prerequisite GPA* of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale each semester
  • B or higher in all Pre-PA prerequisite coursework each semester
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (includes all college credit coursework) each semester
  • Maintain full-time status (12 credits) in fall and spring semesters
  • Complete 150 total hours of clinical experience by June 30th
  • Take the GRE General Test
  • Possess or have the capability to earn a bachelor’s degree by the start of the second semester of Level 4 of the MSPAS program
  • Complete all MSPAS matriculation requirements within 6 months of entry into Level 4. This includes requirements for immunizations, tuberculosis screening, physical examination, criminal background check, urine drug screening, and health insurance requirements.
  • Meet the minimum technical standards for the MSPAS program
  • Present Portfolio to the Admissions Committee for final progression evaluation from Level 3 to Level 4

For more information, visit the course catalog.

*Pre-PA prerequisite GPA -Cumulative GPA of all pre-PA prerequisite courses including transfer credit.  

Any student not meeting the posted requirements at any time during the evaluation will not be allowed to continue in the pre-PA program. the student's advisor will then meet with the student to determine the best plan of study to complete a degree. The student may apply to the PAS program through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) once admission requirements are completed or planned.