Admission to the physician assistant program is a highly competitive process. Prospective PA students are strongly encouraged to exceed minimum levels of work, especially in relation to grade point average, grades in the prerequisite courses, scores on the GRE, and recommended clinical experience hours. The prerequisite requirements listed above are the minimum for admission to the program. The Admissions Committee will select those most qualified for the positions available.
An interview with the admissions committee is required. When selecting applicants for interview, the Committee may take into account the interview and any aspect of the student’s prior educational, personal, and professional record. Click on the prerequisites above for details regarding minimum standards for entry into the Physician Assistant Program at Mississippi College. Select a prerequisite above to view each admission requirement in detail. Applicants must meet all or exceed the above prerequisites for consideration into the program.
Minimum requirements for admission to the physician assistant program include:
- A Bachelors Degree from an accredited university.
- Completion of all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better from an accredited university or college within the United States. All prerequisites must have been completed within the 10 years prior to the expected date of matriculation at an accredited institution within the United States. With the exception of statistics, on-line coursework will not be accepted for pre-requisite courses.
- A cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate and graduate work completed at an accredited university or college.
- A cumulative biology, chemistry and physics grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate and graduate work completed at an accredited university or college.
- Minimum GRE scores for admissions are as follows: verbal (146/400), quantitative (140/450), and writing (2.5). GRE scores for Mississippi College PA Program should be sent directly through CASPA; school code:# 0598.
- Documentation of clinical experience by the applicant should be submitted directly to CASPA. Strong patient contact experience; (i.e., RN, LPN, Respiratory Therapist, Paramedic, Physical Therapist, EMT, Patient Care Tech, Radiology Technologist, Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Surgical Tech) is encouraged, but all patient care experience will be considered.
- Consistent with State law for health care providers, and for compliance with hospital and health center requirements, criminal background checks and/or drug screenings may be required. Failure to successfully meet requirements for the background check or drug screening may result in denial of admission or dismissal from the physician assistant program.
- Applicants must have completed all required immunizations (as outlined in the PA student handbook) prior to matriculation.
- Applicants must meet all technical standards as evaluated by the admissions committee.