Applicant Requirements

1. Academics

Physician Assistant program applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution at the time of matriculation into the graduate program. While any undergraduate major is acceptable, biology or chemistry majors will be the best prepared for the rigorous demands of the program. Science courses labeled as "Survey" will not be accepted.

Applicants must successfully complete all of the following program prerequisites, regardless of the undergraduate degree or major. No online or hybrid courses for the science prerequisites are accepted.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab – 8 semester hours
  • General Chemistry I and II with lab – 8 semester hours
  • General Psychology – 3 semester hours
  • Microbiology with lab – 4 semester hours
  • Developmental Psychology (Growth and Development or Lifespan) – 3 semester hours
  • Medical Terminology – minimum 1 semester hour/certificate

Applicants are expected to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or greater and a science GPA of 3.25 or greater on all undergraduate coursework. Applicants are required to complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and achieve a minimum score of 300 ("Superscore"). These scores are believed to indicate sufficient academic ability for successful completion of the program. With large numbers of applicants, not all students meeting the minimum requirements will receive an interview. Candidates should endeavor to obtain the highest GPA and GRE scores possible. With grades lower than a B, the applicant should retake courses that would reflect a grasp of the material and a capability of rigorous course work. Entering students of the last three years have significantly exceeded the minimum requirements. The averages for the matriculating class of 2018 statistics are:

  • General GPA 3.68
  • Science GPA 3.60
  • GRE combined score of 312
  • Age 24
  • 5 additional upper level science courses were successfully completed

Additional science courses have shown a strong correlation to successful completion of the rigors of the PA program. These courses include Immunology, Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Bio Chemistry, Pathophysiology, Virology and/or Physics.

Course Expiration: All science courses must be taken within 7 years of matriculation. If a course was completed more than 7 years prior to the time of matriculation, a refresher course must be successfully completed. A refresher course is qualified by repeating the course, or in the case of a 2-semester course, repeating one half of the course. An applicant may be exempt from taking a refresher course if he or she has practiced consistently in a clinical setting in which the material covered in the course was utilized. When in question, repeating the course is recommended.

Pending Courses: For an applicant to present him- or herself most competitively, it is recommended that 2 or fewer required courses be pending for the spring semester prior to matriculation. This allows the Admissions committee the ability to accurately assess the applicant’s academic performance at the time of an interview.

2. Patient Care

In the opinion of the PA program faculty, past medical experience provides a framework upon which students can build and facilitate the expansion of the fund of medical knowledge. Clinical experience is required. An applicant must log at least 250 hours of direct patient care. An applicant will have until October 1st to log all direct patient care hours in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). We do not accept updates sent to the program via email. Submitting the total number of hours at the time of application may expedite your application process.

Shadowing, volunteering, and medical mission exposure does not count toward direct patient care hours. Positions that qualify include: Medical Assistant, Surgical Technician, First Assistant, Scribe, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT/Paramedic, OT/PT or OT asst./PT asst., AT-C, Phlebotomist, RT, ER technician, Lab Technician, Clinical Pharmacy Technician-with clinical exposure, and Clinical Dietician. Positions that do NOT qualify are Personal Care Assistant, Pharmacy Technician-without clinical exposure, Unit Clerk, Camp Counselor, Counselor, and Social Worker. Clinical training hours for prior degrees obtained are not to be submitted in the application as direct patient care. Only hours logged as an employee of any of the above clinical positions will be accepted. Please do not include hours accrued in training or working towards certification.

3. Shadowing

Shadowing of physician assistants is required for admission at a total of 40 or more hours. Such shadowing provides a sufficient insight as to the role and duties of practicing physician assistants, and is believed to be an accurate indicator of an individual’s desire and commitment to the profession. Shadowing may be logged from multiple physician assistants. All hours logged should be obtained via direct clinical observation and not on the basis of a personal relationship. Mission shadowing can be utilized in the case of direct patient care with a PA. Applicants will have until October 1st to log all shadowing hours in CASPA. The program does not accept updates via email.

4. References

A total of 3 recommendations are required. One recommendation must be by a physician assistant. This PA should be one whom the applicant has worked alongside in a clinical setting through observation, shadowing or prior work experience.

5. Background Statement

Through the CASPA portal, an applicant must self-report any misdemeanor, felony, and/or dismissals. If at a later time an incident is discovered that was not reported, the applicant is subject to possible revoking of an offer or acceptance into Trevecca’s PA Program. A certified background check will also be performed prior to matriculation and any positive report is also subject for revoke of an offer or acceptance.