How to Apply to the MPAS program
Entry into the 29-month St. Ambrose Physician Assistant Studies program is a competitive process. Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree; successfully completed specific prerequisite courses; and gained at least 500 hours of health care experience.
A cohort of 30 members begins with classroom and laboratory studies including anatomy, pathology, physical examination and clinical medicine during the first 14 months, followed by 15 months of clinical rotations under the supervision of physicians and other specialists in required and elective practice areas of clinical specialization. Based on projected needs in rural states, the program will emphasize primary care. Graduates will be eligible to seek licensure to practice in one or more of the 50 states.
Online applications will be accepted through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants).
- Complete the CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) online application https://caspa.liasoncas.com
Deadline for verified applications is November 1.
- Provide three CASPA letters of recommendation
- Send all official transcripts to CASPA using the CASPA transcript request form
Applicants with coursework or degrees from outside the U.S. see Credential Evaluation below
- GRE scores to CASPA.
Test scores must be within the past five calendar years.
Official scores must be verified and marked official through CASPA by November 1.
- Supplemental application completed and sent directly to St. Ambrose University PA Program
Application will be sent directly to applicant once CASPA application received
Applicants with coursework or a degree from a college or university outside the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services (http://wes.org).
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.
Individuals who are not U.S. citizens nor permanent legal residents are not eligible for admission into the SAU MPAS Program.
All materials not submitted online should be mailed to:
St. Ambrose University
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
1320 W. Lombard Street
Davenport, IA 52804
We do not allow for advanced standing, regardless of previous graduate work in healthcare. All incoming students must complete the entire PA curriculum.