Requirements

The program will consider all applications submitted to CASPA by the deadline of September 15th. However, we strongly recommend that all requirements be completed by the end of the Fall Semester prior to application.

  • Degree
    • Baccalaureate Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Overall GPA of 3.0
    • Prerequisite GPA of 3.2
    • Trends U60 GPA
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • The GRE Standardized Test is required– official scores are required and must have been taken within the past five years prior to application.
    • To be considered for an interview, applicants MUST meet the following minimum scores:
      • GRE Verbal >150
      • GRE Quantitative >150
      • GRE Analytical writing >4
    • GRE Scores should be sent directly by ETS to CASPA. The Pfeiffer University code is 5536.
  • Requisite Coursework
    • The following are REQUIRED courses and MUST be completed with a grade of “B” or higher:
    Course Credits
    Statistics 3 credit hours
    General Biology with Lab 8 credit hours
    Anatomy and Physiology 8 credit hours
    Microbiology with Lab 4 credit hours
    Genetics 3 credit hours
    General Chemistry 8 credit hours
    Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 credit hours
    Biochemistry 3 credit hours
    Psychology 3 credit hours
    Medical Terminology 3 credit hours
    • Requisite coursework MUST have been completed no more than 5 years prior to matriculation.
    • CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses credit may not be used or substituted to meet prerequisite requirements.
    • Experiential learning is not substituted for prerequisite coursework.
    • Online courses from regionally accredited institutions are accepted.
  • Direct patient care experiences
    • Applicants are expected to have in-depth, hands on, direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting.
    • A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience in a healthcare setting must be completed prior to application. 24 of the 500 hours must be shadowing a physician assistant.
    • Direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting will be evaluated based on the type of experience and the number of hours during the application process. 
    • Quality of prior health care experience will be taken into consideration, favorable healthcare settings include:
      • Direct health care experience serving disadvantaged populations
      • Rural health care experience
      • Military health care experience

      Click here for Direct Patient Care Experience/Shadowing form. This form should be completed and included in your CASPA application.

    • Examples of direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting may include but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic, Medical Assistant, Nurse, Surgical Technician, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapy Aide, and Military Medical Corpsman.
    • Shadowing experiences will not substitute direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting.
    • Applicants will submit verifiable information regarding their direct health care experiences on CASPA.  
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation are required.
    • Letters should be from physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, research mentors, professors or volunteer coordinators/supervisors who had direct interaction with the applicant and can attest to his/her qualities, strengths and suitability for a career as a physician assistant.
    • Letters must not be from a family member or peer.
  • Personal Statement
    • Personal Statement
  • CASPer® Test
    • The admissions process at the Pfeiffer University MS PAS program is designed to give balanced consideration to the experiences, attributes, and metrics of each candidate. To best evaluate personal characteristics such as communication, ethics, and empathy; the program is requiring all applicants to complete the CASPer ® test. This is an online “situational judgment test” designed to evaluate non-cognitive skills. For more information regarding the CASPer ® test please visit: takecasper.com. The applicant is responsible for the CASPer ® test fees. The CASPer ® test must be completed after submitting the CASPA application.
  • International Students
    • Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution).
    • In accordance with Pfeiffer University Graduate Admissions; if degree and prerequisite coursework are from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university; international students must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following methods:

      • TOEFL score of at least 550 PBT/213 CBT80 IBT, administered at an official ETS testing center (not at a university)

      • IELTS score of at least 5.0

      • English as a first language reinforced with a satisfactory graduate entrance assessment score

      • Completion of an appropriate level in an ESL program which, according to the ESL school, is sufficient for the undergraduate level of university study

      • CEFR score of C1

  • Residency
    • U.S. Citizen.
    • If not a U.S. citizen, documentation of immigration status will be required.
  • Transfer of credits or Admission with Advanced Standing
    • Transfer credit or admission with advanced standing from another PA program is not accepted.
    • All of the curricular components of the program are required for graduation and must be completed at the Pfeiffer University Master of Science in Physician Assistant program.