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master of physician assistant studies


Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution (in major of choice)
  • Completion of online CASPA application including personal statement and references
  • Completion of all prerequisite classes with a grade of "C" or higher
  • Required course work graded Pass/Fail or credit obtained by CLEP examination or Advanced Placement (AP) will not be accepted.
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (from within the past five calendar years). Official scores must be verified through CASPA by November 1.
  • SAU Supplemental Application
  • 500 hours of health care experience with direct patient contact
  • Campus interview
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A passing score of 600 (written), 250 (computerized), or 100 (internet) is required to be eligible for admission to the program. Results should be sent directly from ETS to St. Ambrose University. The institutional code is 6617.
  • Credential Evaluation - Applicants with coursework or a degree from a college or university outside the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services (

Prerequisite Classes
  • 16 credit hours in biological sciences with labs covering general biology (4 credits), human anatomy (4 credits), human physiology (4 credits), and microbiology (4 credits). (Anatomy and physiology classes may be taken separately or together if part of a two course section. If transferring these credits, take both at the same college or university.)
  • 15-16 credit hours in chemistry with labs to include general (inorganic) chemistry (8 credits - 2 semester sequence), organic chemistry (4 credits) and biochemistry (3-4 credits). Biochemistry lab recommended if available.
  • 3 credit hours in statistics or biostatistics. (Additional mathematics may be needed as prerequisite for science and statistics.)
  • 9 credit hours in psychology to include general psychology (3 credits), abnormal psychology (3 credits), and either lifespan or developmental psychology (3 credits)
  • 6 credit hours in English composition to include an introductory course and additional writing course
  • Medical terminology (graded)

Other Recommended Courses
  • Oral communication
  • Biomedical ethics