To be considered for admission to the PA Studies program, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. A student can apply while still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or while completing prerequisite coursework. Applicants should submit a plan of study identifying pending courses, institute they will be completed at and anticipated completion date with the application indicating that all remaining courses will be completed prior to matriculation into the MSPAS program.
- A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 calculated on program prerequisites is preferred; however, the grade trend of the applicant will be considered.
- An official GRE score report sent directly to the University from ETS. The test must have been taken within the last five (5) years. A combined minimum GRE score of 294 for the verbal and quantitative sections is recommended. The analytical writing score is also evaluated. The University’s GRE Institutional Code Number is 5325. Candidates who have previously earned a Master’s degree are exempt from the GRE requirement.
- Required prerequisite coursework: For all prerequisite course work completed five (5) or more years prior to application, students may be required to demonstrate competency through completion of subsequent academic course work. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. For all students, regardless of the type of undergraduate degree obtained, the following courses are required as prerequisite: Applicants can apply with up to 3 pending prerequisite courses. Pending courses cannot all be from the Chemistry, Biology or A & P requirements.
Prerequisite Courses: Introductory courses are not acceptable
- Chemistry I and II w/ lab– 2 semesters total, 4 credits per class including lab, 8 semester credit hours (organic, inorganic, biochemistry)
- Biological Science -2 semesters of General Biology (no lab required) 6 semester credits
- Microbiology w/ Lab 3 semester credit hours
- Social or Behavioral Science– Psychology & Sociology (6 credits total)
- Statistics (3 credits)
- Human Anatomy (4 credits w/ lab)
- Human Physiology (4 credits w/ lab) Or 1 yr A & P (8 semester credits)
- Genetics (3 credits)
- Medical Terminology (1 credit)
- Application through the CASPA
- An essay addressing the following questions:
- What is a personal life experience you have had related to medicine? Provide an insight into your understanding of medicine. What influenced you to pursue this degree?
- 12 point font using Times New Roman or Arial
- Double spaced
- 3 letters of professional recommendation. One must be from a healthcare provider (PA, MD, DO, NP). The others may come from another professional (professor, supervisor, or employer) on professional letterhead (recommended).
- Minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient health care experience (Direct patient, hands on experience).
- Professional résumé or curriculum vitae
Additional requirements for domestic, international, and foreign-educated students:
- Interviews are performed by PA Program committee (on site, Skype or Face Time) as needed.
- A comprehensive background check requiring fingerprints and drug screen will be administered during the admissions process, after acceptance.
- Applicants who completed their education outside the US must also provide an Academic credentialing evaluation from an agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) that provides evidence of that degree earned is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States. If the NACES approved evaluation service includes a copy of the evaluated official transcripts with the evaluation, USAHS will consider these transcripts as official.
- International applicants from a country where English is not the primary language and who did not complete their undergraduate degree in English, or if deemed necessary by the Director of Admissions must provide an official TOEFL score report. The minimum internet-based TOEFL score requirement is 89 (including sectional minimums of 26 in speaking, 24 in writing, 21 in reading and 18 in listening ). The minimum paper-based TOEFL score requirement is 550. In any case, the date of the reported test must fall within two years of the application deadline.
All students must be able to independently meet our Technical Standards requirements.