Admission Criteria

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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 clinical 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.

Additional Direct Clinical Patient Care Experience Information