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Program: Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Campus: Boston
Application Deadline: November 1 (applications submitted after this date will not be accepted)
Program Start Date: Fall
Admission Contact: 
Last Name A-M: Chelsea Kelley
Last Name N-Z: Erin Mayo

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PA Program Admission Details

MCPHS University enrolls a class of 100 students each fall. Classes begin in early September. Decisions of the Admissions Committee are based on the applicant's demonstrated concern for the well-being of patients and their families, as well as evidence of academic success. Non-cognitive factors are also considered. Applicants are evaluated initially on their:

  • Academic record including overall and science GPAs (Average accepted overall GPA: 3.3 - 3.5)
  • Prerequisites GPA
  • Personal statements
  • References
  • Hands-on patient care experience (recommended)

Please note: MCPHS University gives preference to students currently in our Premedical & Health Studies Pathway Program.

MCPHS University receives over 1500 applications each year. We interview approximately 260 candidates who best demonstrate the ability to be successful in the program and show clear understanding of the role of the PA through written narratives and patient contact experience. Our interview process allows students to:

  • Meet with program leadership for an overview of the program
  • Meet with current students and members of our Physician Assistant Student Society
  • Tour MCPHS University’s state-of-the-art facilities
  • Interview with program faculty, alumni, and current students

Interviewing dates are scheduled each year between October and February. Students will be notified of their admission decisions on a rolling basis with all decisions mailed by mid-February.

Prerequisites:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 250-500 hours of patient care experience (recommended)

Please note that our prerequisite courses have changed for the 2016-2017 CASPA cycle.

COURSE
COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS
SEMESTER HOURS

General Biology I


3

General Biology II w/laboratory


4

Human Physiology I

Acceptable courses include human physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology (combined courses), Systems Physiology, Medical Physiology, *Please note stand alone anatomy is not an acceptable substitution for physiology.

3

Human Physiology II

Acceptable courses include human physiology, pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology (combined courses), Systems Physiology, Medical Physiology, *Please note stand alone anatomy is not an acceptable substitution for physiology.

3

Microbiology w/laboratory


4

General Chemistry I


3

General Chemistry II w/laboratory


4

Upper Level Chemistry

Acceptable courses include: Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or any 200 or higher Chemistry course

3

Psychology


3

Statistics

Acceptable courses including basic statistics, biostatistics, psychological statistics, economic statistics

3

Prerequisites (as indicated above) must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Math and science courses must be completed no more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS University.

Applicants cannot have more than 2 outstanding pre-requisites at the time of application.

Application Checklist:

*MCPHS University does not require GRE Scores.

MCPHS University also offers an accelerated MPAS program on our Worcester and Manchester campuses. You may only apply to one MCPHS campus per admission cycle. This includes candidates who are accepted to or enrolled in the MPAS program on another MCPHS campus for Spring 2017.