A Bachelor's Degree is required to be accepted into the MPA Program due to the competitive nature of the application
Transfer Credit Policy
There is no advanced placement, transfer of credit (except for 90 semester hours of
prerequisites at an accredited college or university) or credit for experiential learning
allowed. Previous medical professions course work will not be accepted toward completion
of the MPA degree. It is important that our students are exposed to specific course
content. To ensure this, only courses taught within our curriculum are accepted for
credit toward graduation. The Augusta University Physician Assistant program does
not have a program in which foreign-trained physicians or medical graduates are given
advanced placement or preference in admission decisions.
Criminal Background Check
Criminal background checks will be conducted on conditionally accepted applicants
prior to their enrollment in participating programs in the College of Allied Health
Sciences. Final admittance is conditional on a satisfactory criminal background report
which must be completed and approved prior to matriculation. Additional information
regarding this policy may be found here.
General Admissions Criteria
Admission is based on undergraduate college coursework including the overall, transfer,
and math/science grade point averages. Other criteria include personal interviews,
assessment of the applicant's motivation and the possession of the personal qualities
needed to successfully complete the program. Prior to enrollment, the applicant must
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous undergraduate
college work and an average of at least 3.0 on all undergraduate math and science
- Completed 90 semester hours of prerequisites at an accredited college or university.
- A minimum combined GRE score of 900(old scale)/290 (new scale) is needed for full
admission. The results of all three components, including the analytical/written section
of the general GRE exam must be provided.
- A minimum of 100 hours of hands on health care experience or health care related
volunteer activities. The most competitive applicants have direct "hands on" health
- Observed physician assistants in a variety of PA clinical settings (more than two)
with a suggested minimum of 100 hours.
- Three references that focus on the applicant's generic abilities for clinical work
rather than just their academic ability-one of which is recommended to be from a physician
assistant that indicates PA contact. Having at least one reference from a physician
assistant from each of the clinical settings observed by the applicant is highly recommended.
Interviews are by invitation only.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores.
A minimum TOEFL score of either 250 on the computer-based exam (cBT), 600 on the paper
exam (pBT), or 100 on the internet based exam (iBT), with 26 in the speaking component.
Applicants must take the TOEFL by October 15 to be considered for admission the following
The Admissions Committee selects the applicants who seem best qualified for the program
from among those who apply and submit all required documentation. Applications and
all associated supporting documentation must be received by the Office of Academic
Admissions by October 15th in order for an application to be considered complete.
Earlier application is highly encouraged.
Mandatory Course Prerequisites Include
- General Chemistry I and II (Labs required)
- Biology I and II (Labs required)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (Lab required)
- Organic Chemistry I (Lab required)
Prerequisites for the Master's Physician Assistant Program
The prerequisite courses required to apply to Augusta University Master of Physician
Assistant Program comprise a core curriculum divided into seven categories. The courses
acceptable to meet the requirements of each category are listed below.
A. Essential Skills
9 semester hours
- English Composition I (3 hours)
- English Composition II-Literature based (3 hours)
- College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus (3
B. Professional Skills
4 - 5 semester hours
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Writing
- Health and Wellness
- Any approved guided elective from Area F
C. Humanities and Fine Arts
6 semester hours
- Fine and Applied Arts
- Foreign Language
- Speech, Oral Communications
- World Literature
- Drama, Art or Music Appreciation
- Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts
D. Science, Mathematics and Technology
10 - 11 semester hours
E. Social Sciences
12 semester hours
- United States History
- Group Process
- Social Problems
- Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
F. Courses Required for Major
34 semester hours
- Biology I and II - Labs Required (8 hours) *
- General Chemistry I and II - Labs Required (8 hours) *
- Organic Chemistry I - Lab Required (4 hours) *
- Microbiology - Lab Required (4 hours ) *
- Human Anatomy and Physiology - Lab Required (4 hours) *
- Statistics (3 hours) *
- General Psychology (3 hours) *
G. Guided Electives for Major
15 semester hours
Guided electives in any basic science which may include: Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (strongly recommended), Comparative Vertebrae Anatomy, Organic II, Histology, Biochemistry, Evolution, Human
Growth and Development, Abnormal Psychology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics,
Embryology or Physics **
* These courses are MANDATORY.
** Students may take any other science course to satisfy the remaining hours in this