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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: Elizabeth Duggan
Next Information Session: Events

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 ability to illustrate genuine concern for the well-being of patients and their families, as well as demonstrated academic ability to successfully complete science courses and have an overall excellent academic record. Applicants are evaluated initially on their:

  • Academic record including overall and science GPAs (Average overall GPA: 3.3 - 3.5)
  • Prerequisite 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 meet the prerequisites 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)
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

Biochemistry

There are no acceptable substitutions for this 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.