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 
    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

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 (

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.

International Applicants
Individuals who are not U.S. citizens nor permanent legal residents are not eligible for admission into the SAU MPAS Program.

Material Submission
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.

Admission Prerequisites
  • 16 credit hours in biological sciences with labs covering general biology (4 cr), human anatomy (4 cr), human physiology (4 cr) and microbiology (4 cr). 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 cr, 2 semester sequence), organic chemistry (4 cr) and biochemistry (3-4 cr, lab recommended if available).
  • 3 credit hours in statistics or biostatistics. Additional mathematics class may be needed as a prerequisite for science and statistics.
  • 9 credit hours in psychology to include general psychology (3 cr), abnormal psychology (3 cr) and either lifespan or developmental psychology (3 cr).
  • 6 credit hours in English composition to include an introductory course and one additional writing course.
  • Medical terminology (graded).
  • Recommended courses: oral communication and biomedical ethics.


Kerry Humes, MD

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Center for Health Sciences Education
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!