Physician Assistant Studies Program Admissions

Learn more about the USJ PA Studies program and requirements for the upcoming 2024/2025 application cycle. Request information here.

The CASPA 2024-2025 application cycle will open April 25, 2024.

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Completion of the following items are required of all students who wish to apply to the USJ PA Studies Program: CASPA application

Including 3 professional letters of recommendation

USJ CASPA Supplemental Application

Payment of $50 supplemental application fee – payable after application is verified in CASPA.

Documentation of a minimum of 1,000 experience hours in any combination of the following areas, within the last 5 years:

-Volunteer work
-Clinical research
-Paid or volunteer patient care experience
-Health care provider shadowing
Experience Verification Form


Please note the following Pass/Fail grade policy instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recognition of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USJ PA Studies Program will accept Pass/Fail grades to meet pre-requisite requirements for courses taken in the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters.

In situations where students are given the option by their institution to select traditional letter grades or Pass/Fail grading options, selecting traditional letter grades provides the Admissions Committee with the most complete opportunity to assess an applicant’s academic ability.

The USJ PA Studies Program reserves the right to not accept Pass/Fail grades from institutions whose grade policies would allow a “Pass” grade to be issued for a course with an earned grade lower than “C”, in keeping with published admission guidelines. 

Please note that admission to the PA Studies Program is competitive. Meeting the requirements noted below does not guarantee an interview or admission.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses:

CourseworkSemester Credit Hours
Biology with Lab8
Chemistry with Lab8
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab8
Organic Chemistry with Lab or Biochemistry no lab4 Organic /3 Biochemistry

For Each of the Above Courses:

  • Grade of “C” or better
    • AP Scores are no longer accepted
  • Completed at a regionally accredited US institution
  • Cumulative prerequisite 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Students with no more than 2 outstanding prerequisite course requirements are eligible to apply
  • All coursework must be satisfactorily completed by December 20, 2024 (the year preceding enrollment).
  • All coursework must have been completed within 7 years of enrollment (Waivers may be granted after faculty consideration, on a case by case basis.)
  • Comparative Anatomy will not be accepted toward the Human Anatomy & Physiology pre-requisite requirement.
  • Mammalian Anatomy is usually accepted toward the Human Anatomy & Physiology pre-requisite requirement. Applicants who are concerned their Mammalian Anatomy course may not meet the requirement, are asked to submit a syllabus to [email protected]. The course will be reviewed and a response sent at that time.
  • Course Waiver Request Form

Additional Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree (no preferred major) completed by December 20, 2024 (the year preceding enrollment).
  • Cumulative overall 3.0 GPA at the time of application as noted in the “CASPA Overall GPA” calculation. This calculation considers all college-level coursework ever completed. *Applicants with international coursework, please see International Applicants section.
  • Ability to meet Program Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation as described by the ADA. *(form signed by admitted students only)*
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check and urine drug screen, if admitted.
  • Review of the program immunization and health requirements required before application.

Applicant Scoring

Overall Cumulative GPA10
Pre-Requisites GPA10
CASPA Application Review30
Group Activity*15

International Applicants

All applicants who have earned a degree from a non-US institution must meet all of the above admission requirements including a cumulative overall 3.0 GPA at the time of application. This calculation considers all college-level coursework ever completed and will be manually calculated by the USJ PA Studies Program using foreign transcripts for applicants with international transcripts.

They must also submit proof of the following:

  • A course-by-course foreign transcript and degree evaluation
  • Official TOEFL scores, from within the last 2 years, with a score of at least 100 (internet based)


The USJ PA Studies Program currently extends preference in the form of a guaranteed interview to any student who meets all application requirements and has earned a degree from and completed 60 credits or more of their college study at USJ. No points will be added to the applicant’s file scoring. In the event a preferential candidate is not granted admission, they will not be offered preference in subsequent application cycles.

The USJ PA Studies Program will utilize a rolling admissions process. As such, there is a competitive advantage to submission of verified application as early as possible in the application cycle.

Advanced Placement

The USJ PA Studies Program does not grant advance placement/standing within the program curriculum based upon previous coursework or educational/work experience.

Technical Standards

Applicants to the USJ PA Studies Program will be required to acknowledge that they have read the technical standards prior to submitting their application. The Program will require the technical standards form to be signed by admitted students ONLY.

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