Admissions for Physician Assistants

Students apply as freshmen for the five-year, entry-level Master's program. Within the five year period, students earn both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. The admissions criteria for these applicants are posted below. Because the process of admissions is very competitive, students must have a strong academic record. There are some additional strategies to improve your chances of gaining admission.

  • Advanced Science & Math Skills: Applicants should demonstrate academic success with high-level science and math courses.
  • Leadership Skills: Demonstration of leadership in school or community organizations is a benefit and strengthens your application.
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the PA Profession: Applicants should have an understanding of the PA profession. While observing a PA in clinical practice is a great way to gain that understanding, not all prospective students may have that opportunity. Additional ways to gain an understanding of the profession are to read about the profession and to visit the website of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and your local state society of physician assistants. Unlike many other PA programs, we do NOT require prospective students to shadow a PA.

Freshman Admission Requirements

All students must enroll in the program as freshmen. Admission to the Physician Assistant program at the freshmen level requires the following:

  • a minimum Q.P.A. of at least 3.0 (admitted freshmen usually have a GPA much higher than the minimum)
  • a composite math and verbal SAT score of at least 1,170; or a composite ACT score of at least 24. Please be advised that we are test-optional for the current application cycle (students who will start in fall 2021).
  • a minimum of seven units of math and science
  • evidence of extracurricular activities and leadership during high school included on an additional list and/or resume
  • submission of a personal essay including a statement about yourself, why you would like to become a physician assistant and why you chose Duquesne University as described on the application

It is recommended that students begin shadowing/observing a physician assistant while in high school to become more familiar with the profession. Students who meet all academic and program requirements during the pre-professional phase will be guaranteed admittance into the accredited phase.

Academic credit is not awarded for prior education or work experience.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit for science courses is not accepted for the Physician Assistant program.

Advanced placement is not considered.

The application deadline for freshmen is December 1st.  Applications will not be accepted after that date.

Transfer Students

Due to capacity constraints we are not accepting transfer or second-degree applications to the PA program.  Any student with more than 12 post-secondary credits is considered a transfer student.

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