How to Apply to the MPAS program

Entry into the 29-month St. Ambrose Physician Assistant Studies program is a competitive process. 

We do not allow advanced standing, regardless of previous graduate work in healthcare. All incoming students must complete the entire PA curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in a major of your choice.
  • Earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Successfully completed specific prerequisite courses (listed at the bottom of this page) with a grade of "C" or higher. We do not accept prerequisite coursework graded pass/fail or credit obtained by CLEP exam or Advanced Placement (AP).
  • Documented at least 500 hours of healthcare experience with direct patient contact.
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. Official scores must be verified through CASPA by Nov. 1.
  • Complete a campus interview
  • Complete the online Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) 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 a degree from a college or university outside the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services (
    • Send GRE scores to CASPA (SAU code is 0420). Test scores must be within the past five calendar years. Official scores must be verified and marked official through CASPA by November 1.
    • Submit SAU Supplemental Application to St. Ambrose University PA Program. This Supplemental Application will be sent directly to applicant once CASPA application is received.

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 or 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

Prerequisite Coursework
  • 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.


Angie King

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Center for Health Sciences Education #287
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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