Admission Criteria

Admissions Considerations

The Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee considers the following factors in the selection process:

Strength and Breadth of Academic Record

  • All prerequisite courses and degrees must be completed before spring term of the intended year of entry with a "C" grade or higher. Admitted students must be able to provide a final official transcript showing all prerequisite courses completed prior to May 1 of the year of entry.
  • You may only have up to two prerequisite classes in progress at the time of application
  • The CASPA Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) GPA and Last 45 Credits GPA must be a 2.75 or higher to apply
  • To ensure academic coursework will fulfill our requirements, complete an Unofficial Prerequisite Evaluation and submit to the Admissions Counselor for review
  • If you will not obtain a Bachelor's Degree prior to enrollment at Pacific University, please review our Bachelor's Degree Completion Option
  • The School of Physician Assistant Studies does not grant advanced standing for any coursework and does not accept transfer credit from any other program

Type and Depth of Prior Health Care Experience

  • Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience within a health-care setting. The method to document this experience is through the CASPA online application. Please note: The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated, "at the time" you submit your CASPA application. No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.

Strength of Professional Evaluations

  • We require two professional evaluations; it is recommended that at least one evaluation be obtained from a (non-relative/personal) Physician (MD or DO), a Physician Assistant (PA-C), or a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with whom you have worked with or shadowed. The method to obtain professional evaluations is through the CASPA online application.

Strength of On-Campus Personal Interview

Understanding of the Physician Assistant Profession

Type of Community Activities

Content of Application Forms and Care With Which they Have Been Completed

Quality of Writing Ability as Demonstrated by Personal Narrative

English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University, prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens.

Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction. Individuals who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may be admitted to some programs.

Minimum Test Score Requirements

TOEFL
Paper-based

TOEFL
Computer-based

TOEFL
Internet-based

IELTS

600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall

Minimum per section:

20 reading

21 listening

22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:

7.0

Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date)
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States