Physician Assistant Undergraduate Admission Requirements
For consideration to the undergraduate pre-professional PA program applicants should have:
- Minimum high school GPA of 3.0/ 85% or B average with no biology or chemistry grades below a “B”.
- SAT or ACT scores.
- Understanding of the physician assistant profession and the role and the scope of practice of the profession in healthcare & medicine. Note: Those applicants accepted into the program will be required to document 50 hours of shadowing a physician assistant or a physician with patient contact prior to the start of classes. You can print a copy of the log needed to document shadowing hours. Shadowing hours must be completed prior to the start of the fall semester. Shadowing hours completed during the senior year of high school can be counted towards the 50 hour requirement. For questions, please call 215-596-8592.
- Somatic and exteroceptive sensation/ functional use of vision, hearing and smell/ gross and fine motor skills including the ability to lift and carry/ stamina, including the ability to stand for hours/ critical thinking ability/ communication and interpersonal skills.
Students applying as transfers into 1st or 2nd year must have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 and science GPA of 3.0 with no science grades below a B from a community college or C from a 4 year college. Courses with a grad of C- are not transferable. Note that all 2nd and 3rd year classes bolded on the curriculum must be taken at USciences. These courses are not transferable.
Patient contact/shadowing hours are required for transfer. Students transferring into 1st year must have a minimum of 50 hours. Students transferring into 2nd year must have a minimum of 150 hours. Patient contact is defined as any shadowing, volunteering, or paid work that places the student in a medical venue with direct contact/observation of patients being interviewed, examined, treated, or counseled. These hours must be documented on USciences documentation forms available here. Shadowing of a physician assistant is preferred; however, if a PA is not accessible the student may shadow a physician or a nurse practitioner. Diversity of venues and medical specialties is encouraged to allow for gaining knowledge of the many aspects of patient care and the scope of physician assistant practice.
The ideal PA Student applicant:
- Has medical experience with and knowledge of the PA profession
- Is intensely interested in the human body and how it functions and dysfunctions
- Has an academic affinity toward the natural sciences
- Is eager to learn and highly motivated
- Is someone with good interpersonal and communication skills
- Is able to take corrective criticism and supervision
- Is professional, mature, and accepts full responsibility for their actions
- Is respectful of supervisors and peers
- Is a team player
- Has a very competitive high school GPA
- Has already worked or volunteered in a medical environment