Prerequisites

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Degree Program

All of the following admission requirements must be completed prior to submission of an application to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications received that are incomplete or missing any of the prerequisites will be denied without opportunity for correction. See table on How to Apply for application deadlines.

  • Bachelor’s degree *
  • All prerequisite coursework **
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale) 
  • Minimum overall science GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • Minimum of 1,000 hours of health care experience

*Degree conferral must appear on the transcript for a CASPA application to be considered complete

**Grades for all prerequisite courses must be posted and appear on a transcript (i.e. no “planned” or “in progress” notations on transcript).

Prerequisite Health Care Experience

We do not consider one type of clinical experience greater than another (i.e. experience as an RN is not more valued than that of a medical assistant). Experience may be paid or unpaid. There is not a published list of health care professions the program considers suitable for clinical experience. At a minimum, the applicant's clinical experience should include one of the following:

  • Collecting of, and/or reporting in the patient's chart, data necessary to establish a diagnosis or evaluate the progress of the patient's treatment plan;
  • Assisting a health care worker in the performance of diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical procedures;
  • Under the supervision of a health care provider administering or dispensing medications;
  • Other work involving direct patient contact and interaction.
Prerequisite Coursework
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited US institution.
  • A single course cannot be used to meet multiple requirements.
  • No preference is given for coursework completed at 4-year institutions versus 2-year institutions.
Prerequisite Science Courses

Important! Pacific will NOT accept online or AP/CLEP courses to fulfill science prerequisites.

General Chemistry: Two courses with a minimum of 1 lab. Total of 8 semester units or 12 quarter units. Should be a course sequence designed for chemistry majors.

Biological Sciences: Two courses with a minimum of 1 lab. Total of 6 semester or 9 quarter units. Should be a course sequence designed for biology majors.

Human Anatomy: One course with lab is required. Total of 4 semester or 5 quarter units with lab (or combined Anatomy & Physiology).

Human Physiology: One course is required. Total of 4 semester or 5 quarter units (or combined Anatomy & Physiology). Lab recommended, but not required.

Microbiology: One course is required. Total of 3 semester units or 4 quarter units. Lab recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite Non-Science Courses

Math: One course in Statistics is required. Total of 3 semester or 4 quarter units.

Psychology: One course in General or Abnormal Psychology is required. Total of 3 semester or 4 quarter units.

English Composition: Two courses are required. Total of 6 semester or 9 quarter units. Minimum of 1 composition course; 2nd course can be composition, literature, or writing intensive course. English as a Second Language courses will not fulfill this requirement.

International Applicants

Please note:

  • All prerequisite course work must be completed at an accredited US institution.
  • Baccalaureate degrees will be accepted from foreign institutions only if accompanied by a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of foreign training. CASPA also accepts the WES evaluation of transcripts.
  • Note: WES does not evaluate all Caribbean medical schools. If you attended a school that World Education Services (WES) will not evaluate, your transcripts will not be considered as part of your application. Applicants will still be required to demonstrate that all prerequisites have been met with the exclusion of the affected transcripts.
  • The entire curriculum is taught in the English language. If English is not your first language, you may be required to take the TOEFL/ IELTS and should submit your score with your CASPA application. The program will not accept applications with a TOEFL score less than 100 or IELTS score less than 7.0.  TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date per ETS website. View the TOEFL flowchart to see if it is required for you.