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PA Program Admission Requirements

Here you can learn all about the admission requirements necessary to gain entry into Mount Union's Physician Assistant Studies Program.

1. Degree: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants with degrees from any discipline are welcome to apply to the PA Program as long as the prerequisite coursework is complete (see below).

2. GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in prerequisite coursework. Overall and science GPAs greater than 3.0 are preferred.

3. Prerequisite Coursework:

Prerequisite Course

Mount Union
Course Equivalents

Semester Credit Hours

English Composition

WRT 100 or successful
completion of WOC Portfolio

3

General Psychology 

PSY 110

3

General Biology I and II with labs or

BIO 140 AND BIO 141 or
upper level Biology coursework

8

Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs*

BIO 210
BIO 211

8

Genetics

BIO 240

2-4

Principles of Chemistry w/lab (Inorganic Chemistry with lab)

CHE 120

3-4

Organic Chemistry I w/lab

CHE 231

3-4

Elementary statistics or Biostatistics**

MTH123 OR
PSY 200

3-4

Microbiology with lab

BIO 305

4

Medical Terminology***  

   

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  No grade of “C-” will be accepted.

All prerequisite science and math coursework must have been completed within the past 10 years.  Coursework older than 10 years will be reviewed on a case by case basis for acceptance.

* One semester of Human Anatomy PLUS one semester of Human Physiology plus labs can substitute for Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
 ** Elementary Statistics cannot be replaced by any other math (like calculus)
*** Medical Terminology requirement may be met via a proficiency exam given on the day of the interview. Failure of the proficiency exam will require the student to complete and pass a self-directed medical terminology course prior to matriculation.

4. PA Shadowing Experience: All applicants to the PA program must complete 40 hours of shadowing a NCCPA-certified physician assistant prior to application to the program. The applicant is responsible for the arrangement of the shadowing experience. Documentation verifying the shadowing experience must be submitted with the supplemental application to the program. Applicants with more than the minimum 40 hour requirement will be preferred. Click here for shadowing form.

5. Supplemental Application: to be submitted to the Mount Union Office of Admissions by the application deadline.

6. Completed application via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) submitted by the October 1 deadline.

7. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): General Exam. When registering for the GRE and selecting the score recipients, search for the University of Mount Union and select “University of Mount Union Physician Assistant.” Test scores should not be older than 3 years. While there is no minimum GRE score required for admission, the competitive candidate will have scores above the 50th percentile. Combined scores >300 (new scale) are preferred.

8. Ability to meet the Technical Standards of the program: See Technical Standards link for details.

9. Three letters of Recommendation submitted via the CASPA web site: One recommendation must be from a practicing physician or physician assistant.

For International Students Only
10. Foreign Transcripts: All transcripts from an institution in any country other than the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation, plus determination of letter grade equivalence. Either agency listed below may be used for foreign transcript evaluation:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY
10113-0745

Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6139
Toll Free: (800) 937-3898

Web: http://www.aes-edu.org/

Education Credentials Evaluators
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI
53203-3470

Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411 


Web: http://www.ece.org/

  • Official TOEFL scores – 550 or above on the paper-based test. 213 or above on the computerized test and 100 or above on the internet test are required for citizens of non-English speaking countries.  
  • U.S. visa information if currently residing in the United States

11. Background Check: Students must request and pay online for a criminal background check prior to program matriculation.  Information will be provided upon acceptance.

12. Patient Care Experience: Is not required, but is preferred.

13. Preference: Preference will be given to Mount Union graduates who meet all other admission pre-requisites. Up to 20% of the 25 available seats in each entering class may be granted to Mount Union graduates in a preferential manner, if all other admission requirements are met. 

14. Priority Admissions: Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program offers priority admissions to some applicants. Please see Priority Admissions section for details.

Note:
The Mount Union PA program does not offer credit for experience.
There is no advanced placement within the Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program.
The PA Program does not accept transfer credit from a student previously enrolled in another PA program, nor does it accept experiential credit. All students accepted in the PA program must satisfy all requirements of the didactic and clinical years of study.

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