Frequently Asked Questions | Physician Assistant Studies
Help with frequently asked questions is available below.
Upon the successful completion of the 27-month continuous program, graduates will receive a master of science in physician assistant studies degree.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Pacific University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Pacific University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
A Bachelor's Degree is not required, but is often obtained prior to matriculation. Read additional information about the prerequisite coursework. The program places no preference on type or major of the degree, but an emphasis is placed on the applicant's academic record in the prerequisite courses and the sciences. Consideration is also given to the last 45 credits of college course work.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Admission Office directly to discuss their individual plan in this area.
Please review the information found here for Patient Care Experience.
A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct (hands-on) patient care/health care experience in a position of responsibility is required of all applicants. Shadow experience with a Physician Assistant may count towards the requirement, but will not fulfill the requirement completely.
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.
If you have questions regarding your hours, please contact Leah Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The method to document this experience is through the CASPA online application.
Yes, you must have completed at least 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience when your application is submitted. The committee will not accept hours projected for the future.
We recommend completing and submitting the prerequisite worksheet with a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) for review by the Graduate Admissions Counselor for the program. The prerequisite worksheet can be downloaded and printed.
Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been completed within seven years of matriculation. Other course work and degree completion has no limitation. We ask applicants to use their best judgment in ensuring their ability to understand the foundational concepts of biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and statistics in preparation for the program.
Will you accept community college credit or online credit?
We will accept credit as long as the institution is regionally accredited and the course is the appropriate level.
No, our program does not require either test to apply. While the CASPA application will allow applicants to submit test scores, the Admissions Committee does not consider this information within its evaluation of an application.
Yes. The Biology, Chemistry and Physics (BCP), GPA and the last 45 credits GPA must be above a 3.0 to be eligible.
Pacific focuses on two main GPAs; the Science BCP GPA and the last 45 credits GPA. For both, the average is usually around a 3.60 to 3.80. Check our class profile for more information.
Pacific University is a private liberal arts institution which does not require in-state residence or hold a preference for in-state candidates. Our tuition fees are the same for all applicants, in-state or out-of-state.
We require all international students to obtain a valid and current F-1 visa or have permanent residency in the United States to apply to our program. In addition, all international based education must be evaluated by a credentials evaluator such as World Education Services, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute or Education Credential Evaluators.
In addition, all international students must prove English proficiency.
We recommend completing a FAFSA application starting January 1 for the academic year you intend to enroll in our program. The FAFSA application can be completed at the FAFSA website. Pacific University is a participant in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) which provides subsidized and unsubsidized loans to students based on need. You can find more details through the Office of Financial Aid.
In addition, the Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies program offers a competitive Community Service Scholarship to four incoming students each year.
The Pacific University Division of Student Life provides information on housing opportunities for all students of Pacific University. Our graduate students generally reside in off-campus housing within Hillsboro and the surrounding communities. Once admitted into the program, internal resource networking and housing opportunities are shared amongst current students.
Pacific University offers a wide and comprehensive variety of resources including healthcare and counseling services, learning support services, student government and outdoor recreational programs.