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.

Admission Requirements

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


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-” 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 Anatomy with lab and 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 may be met via a proficiency exam given during the incoming student orientation in April. Failure of the proficiency exam will require the student to complete and pass a self-directed medical terminology course prior to matriculation.

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

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

6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): General Exam. When registering for the GRE and selecting the score recipients, search for the University of Mount Union (code #5966) 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. Applicants with an advanced degree (ie master degree) from a U.S. institution may waive the GRE requirement.

7. 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 by uploading the completed form to the documents section via the CASPA website (Note: Upload all completed shadowing forms in one file). Applicants with more than the minimum 40-hour requirement will be preferred. Click here for shadowing form.

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 website: One recommendation must be from a practicing physician or physician assistant.

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

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

12. Preference: Preference will be given to Mount Union graduates who meet all other admission pre-requisites. Up to 20% of the 40 available seats in each entering class may be granted to Mount Union graduates in a preferential manner, if all other admission requirements are met. 

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

For International Students Only
14. 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

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

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



  • 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 into the PA program must satisfy all requirements of the didactic and clinical years of study.

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