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MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Graduate Admission Requirements

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 October 1st. The CASPA application must be VERIFIED by October 1st. 

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 October 1st. 

Applications are reviewed by the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee, who evaluate the overall qualities of the candidate. Qualified applicants are offered an on-campus interview to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, and commitment to a career as a PA. The interview session also provides candidates an opportunity to tour the University's facilities, to meet Program faculty and staff, and to talk with current students of the program. Interviews will be conducted in November yearly.

Students offered acceptance will be notified by mid December. 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 $750.00 tuition deposit in order to hold the applicant's place in the class.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Bay Path has the following admission requirements:

  1. All prerequisite courses listed below must be completed within 10 years of matriculation at a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a grade of “C” or better with a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher:
    • 15 semester hours of biological sciences, which must include Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits), and Microbiology (3 credits)
    • 15 semester hours of chemical/physical sciences, which must include Organic or Biological Chemistry
    • One college level statistics course (3 credits)
    • One college level ethics course (3 credits)
    • AP and CLEP exams are not accepted for prerequisite coursework
  2. No more than two outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application (October 1st).
  3. A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution with a minimum total overall GPA of 3.0 (per CASPA).
  4. 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, or clinical experiences with direct patient contact, paid or unpaid. 
  5. A minimum of 24 hours of documented Physician Assistant shadowing is required.
  6. A personal statement of interest and intent is required
  7. Three letters of recommendation are required
  8. No GMAT or GRE required
  9. 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. 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.

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

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