The College of Health Science Physician Assistant program actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become physician assistants.

To be considered an applicant must:

  • Submit a properly completed application to CASPA. (

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to CASPA.

  • Complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult the Office of Admissions prior to applying.
  • Complete the course prerequisites prior to enrollment (see Prerequisites section below).​
  • Three letters of recommendation are required; one must be from a physician assistant. Arrange for required letters of evaluation to be sent directly to CASPA.
  • A minimum of 300 hours of direct patient care experience is required. This may be a volunteer and/or employment position(s).

  • In order to be familiar with the role of the physician assistant (PA) as a member of the health care team, a minimum of 20 hours of PA shadowing is required. Shadowing PAs in various medical disciplines is recommended.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required within three years of the desired entrance date to the Program. Official scores may be sent to CASPA. Salus University's designated institution code is 0432.
  • If accepted, all physician assistant students are required to have a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, annual health clearances, fingerprinting and drug screening. Information will be provided by the Office of Student Affairs regarding this process. Students are responsible for all fees associated with these clearance protocols. More information.


  • ​If accepted, all physician assistant students must provide proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program.
  • If accepted, you must be able to meet the technical standards with allowance for reasonable accommodations.

  • International Students, please review any additional requirements needed.

  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become part of that applicant’s record with the University and cannot be returned.


A candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (if accepted into the Western New England University 3+2 Affiliation Program, at least 101 semester hours of credit must be completed prior to enrollment).

Prerequisite courses must be completed within ten years of the anticipated entrance date to the Program. An applicant may have prerequisites in progress at the time of application; however, all outstanding prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to enrollment. In order to fairly evaluate a candidate, it is recommended that no more than two prerequisites be outstanding at the time of interview.

Undergraduate credits must include the courses listed below, completed with a 2.0 (C) or better. 

Four semester credits* are required in each of the following courses:
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy) with laboratory  
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) with laboratory
  • Biology I with laboratory
  • Biology II with laboratory
  • Chemistry I with laboratory
  • Chemistry II with laboratory
*Three semester credit course/s may be reviewed on an individual basis.

Three semester credits are required in each of the following courses:
  • Microbiology (laboratory recommended, but not required)
  • Organic Chemistry (laboratory recommended, but not required)
  • Psychology
  • Statistics or Biostatistics
  • English Composition
Recommended courses, but not required: medical terminology (strongly recommended), genetics, immunology, embryology, histology, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental or abnormal psychology, public speaking, or ethics.