Requirements


A Bachelor's Degree is required to be accepted into the MPA ProgramMaster of Physician Assistant Program due to the competitive nature of the application process.

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. For additional information, please see the Office of Academic Admissions' Transfer Credit Policy.

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.

Guiding principles in gpa calculation

Augusta University does not honor grade forgiveness at another institution. All grades from all courses attempted and earned are included in all of our transfer GPA calculations and evaluations for admission.

Credit by Exam (AP/CLEP) may be accepted, but grades are not earned, therefore they cannot be calculated in the GPA considered for admission.

The Physician Assistant Program at Augusta University does not accept Health Science based science courses as equivalent for prerequisite science requirements. While the Transfer Equivalency Guide for students transferring into an undergraduate program at AU may indicate that a health science based science course will transfer in as an undergraduate science equivalent course, the PA Program will not accept this course.

All science prerequisite coursework is expected to be at the level of what would be required for a science major in an undergraduate program. Remedial or introductory level coursework will not be accepted. For example, BIO 1101 & 1102 at Augusta University are introductory science courses that non-majors can take. BIO 1107 & 1108 are the first sequential Biology courses in a science major curriculum. In this example, the PA Program would not accept BIO 1101/1102 as meeting the prerequisite of Principles of Biology I/II, but BIO 1107/1108 would be accepted.

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 have:

  1.   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 courses.
  2.   Completed 90 semester hours of prerequisites at an accredited college or university.
  3.   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.
  4.   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 care experience.
  5.   Observed physician assistants in a variety of PA clinical settings (more than two) with a suggested minimum of 100 hours.
  6.   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 year.

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)
  • General Psychology
  • Organic Chemistry I (Lab required)
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology w/lab

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 hours)

B. Professional Skills (4-5 semester hours)

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing
  • Ethics
  • Health and Wellness
  • Economics
  • Speech
  • Any approved guided elective from Area F

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester hours)

  • Ethics
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Foreign Language
  • Speech, Oral Communications
  • World Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Drama, Art or Music Appreciation
  • Logic
  • Electives in Humanities and Fine Arts

D. Science, Mathematics and Technology (10-11 semester hours)

  • Additional courses in science, mathematics or technology to meet this requirement.

E. Social Sciences (12 semester hours)

  • United States History
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • 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 section.