Ryan Adler, M '11

Major: PA Studies
Job Title: Physician Assistant

I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union that I wasn’t going to be a number, but an individual in the program with the opportunity to have individualized attention if needed. The facilities were among the best that I had seen.

Admission Requirements

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

Physican Assistant Studies Program Admission Requirements

1. Degree: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college is required. Applicants with degrees from any discipline are welcome to apply to the program as long as the prerequisite coursework is completed prior to matriculation (see item 3 below).

2. GPA: The program requires an overall GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and a cumulative GPA 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale in prerequisite coursework. Overall and science GPAs of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale are required.

3. Prerequisite Coursework: The following coursework is required:

Prerequisite Course

Mount Union
Course Equivalents +

Semester Credit Hours

English Composition

WRT 100 or successful
completion of WOC Portfolio


General Psychology 

PSY 110S


General Biology I and II with labs or
upper-level Biology coursework



Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs*

BIO 210
BIO 211



BIO 240


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

CHE 120N


Organic Chemistry I w/lab

CHE 231


Elementary statistics or Biostatistics**

PSY 200


Microbiology with lab

BIO 305


Medical Terminology***  



All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.  No grade of “C-” or lower 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 with lab PLUS one semester of Human Physiology with lab can substitute for Anatomy and Physiology I and II.
** Elementary Statistics cannot be replaced by any other math (like calculus).
*** Medical Terminology requirement must be met via a proficiency exam given on the day of orientation. Failure of the proficiency exam will require the student to complete and pass a self-directed medical terminology course prior to matriculation.

+ Courses from Mount Union are for reference only.  Students may take pre-requisites at other post-secondary institutions.

4. Physician Assistant Shadowing Experience: All applicants to the program must complete 40 hours of shadowing an 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. (Note: Upload all completed shadowing forms in one file)

5. Supplemental Application: Applicants no longer need to download and fill out a Supplemental Application. This information will be captured when applying via the CASPA website.

6. Completed Application: Applicants must complete an application via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and submit it by the October 1st deadline.

7. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): General Exam. Please designate code 5966 on the GRE registration. Test scores should not be older than three years. While there is no minimum GRE score required for admission, the competitive candidate will have scores above the 50th percentile. Scores greater than the 50th percentile are preferred.

8. Candidates must have the ability to meet the Technical Standards of the program. See Technical Standards link for details.

9. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted via the CASPA website. One recommendation must be from a practicing physician or physician assistant.

10. For International Students Only-
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 of the following agencies may be used for foreign transcript evaluation:

World Education Services
Attn: Document Center, Bowling Green Station PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: (212) 966-6311 or (800) 937-3898 Fax: (212) 739-6100
Web: http://www.wes.org

Education Credentials Evaluators PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Web: http://www.ece.org/

a. International students must submit official TOEFL scores. Scores of 590 or above on the paper-based test, 243 or above on the computerized test or 100 or above on the internet test are required for citizens of non-English speaking countries.

b. International students are required to have U.S. Visa information if they are 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: This experience is not required, but is preferred.

13. Preference: Preference in the selection of students for the interview process will be given to University of Mount Union graduates who meet all other admissions prerequisites.

14. Priority Admission: The University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program offers priority admission to some applicants. Please see the Priority Admissions section for details.

Note: The University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program does not offer credit for experience.
Note: There is no advanced placement within the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Note: 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 into the PA program must satisfy all requirements of the didactic and clinical years of study. 

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