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MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Graduate Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE NEW Application deadline dates: Applicatons must be Complete STATUS and submitted to CASPA on or before December 1st and must be VERIFIED status by January 15, 2022.

The Bay Path University PA Program has enacted several changes for the 2021-22 CASPA application cycle related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 developments; as a result, we have made the following changes:

  • We WILL be accepting grades of Pass (P), Satisfactory (S) or the equivalent for required coursework for spring and summer 2020 courses.
  • We WILL be accepting online labs.
  • We WILL be WAIVING the 24-hour PA Shadowing requirement.

The Bay Path University Physician Assistant Program is a participating member of the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications must be submitted online, directly to CASPA. Our CASPA admissions cycle begins in mid-April each year with a deadline of December 1st – COMPLETE status. The CASPA application must be VERIFIED by January 15th.

Applicants are required to complete and submit a supplemental application. The supplemental application fee is $60. The deadline for completing the supplemental application is also December 1st.

Applications are reviewed by the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee, who evaluate the overall qualities of the candidate. Qualified applicants are offered an interview to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, and commitment to a career as a PA. Interviews will be conducted in February or March.

Students offered acceptance will be notified soon after interviews. Candidates who are not offered admission after the interview MAY be placed on a wait list. Offers of acceptance are extended to candidates on the wait list if a candidate from the accepted class list withdraws from the program prior to matriculation. Once an offer of acceptance is made by the program, the applicant will have a designated amount of time to accept or decline the offer. An acceptance must be accompanied by a non-refundable $1000.00 tuition deposit in order to hold the applicant's place in the class.

Bay Path University has developed a direct entry, dual-degree program which enables students to participate in a continuous plan to complete their undergraduate and graduate studies culminating in the prestigious Physician Assistant Program. Starting with entering freshman in the fall of 2022 (PA Program entry 2026), 10 students will be offered a reserved seat in the direct entry program.

Students who meet the Physician Assistant Program admissions requirements and successfully complete all requirements of the undergraduate program, will be granted admission to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies has the following admission and prerequisite requirements:

  1. GPA Requirements:
    • Total GPA 3.0 or higher
    • Overall Science GPA 3.0 or higher
  2. Prerequisite Requirements: All prerequisite courses listed below must be completed within 10 years of matriculation at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution with a grade of “C” or better:
    • 15 semester hours of biological sciences, which must include Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits), and Microbiology (3 credits-lab not required)
    • 15 semester hours of chemical/physical sciences, which must include Organic or Biological Chemistry (labs must be included)
    • One college level statistics course (3 credits)
    • One college level ethics course (3 credits) or in place of ethics, a 3 credit course in social justice, ethnic/gender studies or public health will be accepted for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
    • AP and CLEP exams are not accepted for prerequisite coursework
  3. No more than two outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application (December 1st).
  4. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.
  5. A minimum of 500 patient contact hours are required. Examples of patient contact hours can include but are not limited to EMT, Paramedic, CNA, Nurses Aid, Respiratory Therapist, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Medical Scribe, Pharmacy Technician or clinical experiences with direct patient contact, paid or unpaid.
  6. The Physician Assistant shadowing requirement is WAIVED for the 2021-2022 and all subsequent application cycles.
  7. A personal statement of interest and intent is required.
  8. Three letters of recommendation are required.
  9. No GMAT or GRE required.
  10. The PA Program will not allow advanced standing for any professional courses or clinical experiences.

Note: Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee an interview.

International Student Admission Information:

International students must complete the admissions requirements listed above as well as the following:

  1. All prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of matriculation and completed at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution.
  2. Bachelors degree equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree with an evaluation by World Education Services (WES). Transcript evaluation fees are the responsibility of the applicant and evaluations must be sent directly to CASPA.
  3. English Second Language – TOEFL score of 90 int. – 233 computer – 550 paper

We do not enroll international students who have already completed a medical course of study in a foreign institution of higher education. Each applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation.

 Note: Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Underrepresented minorities are given preference in the admissions review process. Graduates of historically black colleges and universities are welcome to apply.

Please visit the MS in Physician Assistant Studies program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more! 

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