Physician Assistant Program

For students interested in pursuing our Physician Assistant program directly after high school, click here

Please choose the program for which you are applying:


Transfer (for students who do not already possess a Bachelor's degree)

Deadline: February 15
Program only begins in the fall semester
This option begins at the professional phase of the PA program. Due to accreditation requirements, space is extremely limited. Students who pass the initial academic clearance will be invited for an interview on campus. Previous health care experience is not required but will strengthen your application.
Students must complete all the prerequisite courses for the Physician Assistant Program, as well as a designated portion of the general education requirements. Once the student enters the Physician Assistant Program, s/he must successfully complete three years of professional course work, including: one year of didactic instruction; one year of clinical experience; and one year of graduate-level didactic, clinical and research work.
Successful completion leads to the BS and MS degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, and makes the student eligible to take the national certifying examination leading to the title of the Certified Physician Assistant (PA - C).

Please submit all of the following items:

  • Common Application
  • Personal statement/essay
  • Official College or University transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty)
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
To begin the program at the professional phase, the prerequisites (listed below) must be successfully completed prior to the start of the program.  Students who do not have all the prerequisites will be considered a Pre-PA student. Learn more about the Pre-PA program.

Eight units in biological and physical sciences and two cognate requirements including:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Microbiology
  • General Pathology
  • Philosophy (Medical Ethics)
  • Introduction to Psychology
**Please note: A laboratory section must be taken as part of any course for which a laboratory section is offered. Lecture and laboratory must be taken concurrently.

Second Bachelor's Degree (for students who possess a Bachelor's degree in a field other than PA

Deadline: February 15
Program only begins in the Fall semester
The second bachelor's degree program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than Physician Assistant Studies. Students begin the program at the start of the professional phase. Successful completion of the program leads to the BS and MS degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and eligibility to take the national certifying examination leading to the title of the Certified Physician Assistant (PA - C). Learn more about the BS/MS program. Due to accreditation requirements, space in this program is extremely limited, thus admission is very competitive.
Most Second Bachelor's Degree applicants have completed all prerequisite courses and are beginning the program at the start of the professional phase; from this point, the program will take three years of full time study.
Please submit all of the following items:
  • Common Application for Transfer Admission
  • Personal statement/essay
  • Official College or University transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from faculty)
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
To begin the program at the professional phase, the prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to the start of the program. The prerequisites are:

Eight units in biological and physical sciences and two cognate requirements including:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Microbiology
  • General Pathology
  • Philosophy (Medical Ethics)
  • Introduction to Psychology
**Please note: A laboratory section must be taken as part of any course for which a laboratory section is offered. Lecture and laboratory must be taken concurrently.