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Physician Assistant Program -  Application Process

Application Process

We will begin accepting applications for 2020 via the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) in July 2019.

*CASPA will collect and summarize all of the applicant's data - application form, transcripts, 3-5 letters of recommendation, and personal statement). Early application is highly recommended.


  • 3.2 overall GPA  and 3.2 science GPA as calculated by CASPA are required.  Applicants with lower than a 3.2 overall or science GPA may not be considered for an interview.
  • Grades for prerequisite coursework must be “C” or better.
  • 500 hours of healthcare experience - see Patient Care Experience requirements below.
  • 100 hours of shadowing with a licensed and practicing MD, DO, PA, or NP is required. Shadowing hours will not count towards the 500 required direct patient contact hours.
  • **If any courses, degree completion, or healthcare experience hours are in progress at the time of application, they must be completed by matriculation. Documentation will need to be submitted as requested by the program. Applicants with less than 500 hours of patient care experience and 100 hours of shadowing at time of application may not be considered for an interview.
  • Interviews are by invitation only and are granted on a rolling basis

Please refer to the USciences policies for international students for additional admission information and requirements.  You may also find our Information for International Students web page helpful.

Meeting the minimum recommended requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program.

Course Prerequisites

All prerequisite coursework must be obtained from an accredited college or university within 7 years of application; therefore, for the 2020 CASPA application cycle, courses completed prior to 2013 will not be accepted towards the requirements.  Prerequisite courses must reflect a grade of “C” or better. All science prerequisites must be completed and the grade needs to be reflected on your transcript at the time of submission, otherwise, your application will be flagged as “does not meet minimum requirements.” Non-science courses can be “in progress,” but they must be completed by the time of matriculation, and priority will be given to applicants with all prerequisites completed. Applicants will be denied if they do not meet the minimum admission requirements.

  • General Biology I + II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I + II with lab (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab or Biochemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I + II with lab  (8 credits)
  • Medical Terminology (2 credits)

Advanced Standing

Under no circumstances will a student be given credit towards courses in the PA Program.

Patient Contact Hours

A minimum of 500 hours of volunteer or paid direct, hands-on patient contact hours must be documented as part of the CASPA application.  The following qualify as patient contact:

  • Athletic trainer (certified or student)
  • Cardio bypass technician
  • Cardiovascular perfusionist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietician
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Clinical Nutritionist
  • Clinical Research Assistant with patient contact
  • Community Health Worker
  • Emergency Department Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • EMT
  • Exercise Physiologist (cardiac rehab)
  • Foreign Medical Graduate (physician)
  • Health Care-Related Technician
  • Home Health Care Aide (not housework)
  • Laboratory Assistant with patient contact
  • Medic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Corpsman
  • Medical Mission Volunteer
  • Medical Research with patient contact 
  • Medical Scribe 
  • Midwife 
  • Nurse (RN or LPN)
  • Nursing Assistant 
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Occupational Therapy Aide 
  • Orderly-patient transport
  • Orthopedic Technician 
  • Paramedic 
  • Peace Corps Volunteer (medical) 
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Prosthetist
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Surgical Technician (OR Tech)
  • Ultrasound Technician

Applicants also need 100 hours of shadowing a PA, physician or NP.

Fair Practice in Admissions

The PA Program has been designed to incorporate a diversity of student populations.

Along with the University, the PA Program strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that embraces differences.  University of the Sciences recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding, and as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity.  The University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or in violation of federal, state and local laws or executive orders.

Admission Contact:

Katherine Jackson, MA
Admissions and Assessment Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495




General Contact:

Angela Flowers, Administrative Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495