College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. A Physician Assistant application to be completed through CASPA.
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Please send transcripts directly to CASPA.
  4. Students must have completed the following prerequisites:
    • Biological Sciences—five courses with labs to include Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. Biochemistry is recommended.
    • Chemistry—three courses with labs to include at least one semester of Organic Chemistry.
    • Psychology—one course.
    • Statistics—one course.
    • NOTE: Prerequisites courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. The program does not allow students to waive courses, nor does it accept students with advanced standing.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. Ideally, one should be from a professor and one from a practicing licensed physician or physician assistant.
  6. Test scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), taken within the last five years (Arcadia’s GRE code is 1578.) These tests are required for all applicants, including those who already have a graduate degree. 
  7. A minimum of 200 hours of patient care experience (see FAQs for more details).
  8. Students must meet the minimal technical requirements for admission, continuation and graduation.The technical standards are posted on the PA program technical standards page.
  9. Arcadia welcomes applications from non-U.S. citizens. Official results with acceptable scores from the TOEFL IELTS, or Duolingo are required for all students for whom English is a second language, except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required It is strongly recommended that all science prerequisites be taken at an accredited U.S. institution. Individuals applying for admission to the PA program who have completed their education outside the United States or Canada are required to submit to CASPA a World Education Service (WES) foreign evaluation of their coursework taken outside of the United States or Canada.  The scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to CASPA in electronic format and be no more than two years old. 
  10. Arcadia performs a holistic review of each student’s application. The program does not allow students to waive courses, nor does it admit students with advanced standing. However, students who have withdrawn or who have been dismissed from the program may be readmitted with advanced standing. 
  11. Increasingly, clinical facilities require that students seeking placements undergo various criminal background checks, child abuse clearances, and/or drug screens prior to placements. Therefore, students should be prepared to participate in these screenings. Applicants who are unable to pass these clearances may be denied admission into the program.