Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Admissions & Deadlines

Admissions requirements

To be considered for admission into the Master of Science in physician assistant studies program, you need the following qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) for both Overall GPA and Science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A minimum combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE score of 302.
  4. A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct, hands-on patient care clinical experience in a health care setting, which includes working with or shadowing PAs, at the time of application. You will need to document your patient care hours in your application.
  5. Technical Standards
  6. The following courses with a grade of “C” or higher completed prior to matriculation:
    • Biochemistry (within seven years of your planned matriculation date)
    • Human anatomy (within seven years of your planned matriculation date)
    • Human physiology (within seven years of your planned matriculation date)
      • Combined human anatomy/physiology courses, taken as a two-class sequence are accepted towards meeting these requirements.
    • Microbiology (within seven years of your planned matriculation date)
    • Psychology
    • Statistics

Here is a list of the minimal expected content for the program’s prerequisite courses.  If the course you took/are considering include these topics, it should be acceptable:

  • Human Anatomy – covers the structure and function of the major human body organ systems, including the musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.
  • Human Physiology – discusses basic biochemical principles, such as cytology, histology, immunology, and the function and interaction of the major organ systems of the human body.
  • Biochemistry – discusses the relation of molecular structures to the processes found in living organisms such as kinetics, enzymatic reactions, metabolic pathway functions, and the genetic code.  Includes the structure of amino acids, nucleotides, lipids, and sugars, and their corresponding macromolecular structures, such as proteins, nucleic acids, cell membranes, and polysaccharides. 
  • Microbiology – covers the biology of microorganisms - bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses - that impact human health.  Content covers the metabolism, genetics, identification, control, physiology, host defense, and the relationship of microorganisms to health and disease.
  • Psychology/Behavioral Sciences –covers the major principles of behavioral science, including factors influencing behavior, personality, and mental processes, and the science of psychological investigation.  A wide range of courses that studies the human mind and/or the psychosocial dynamic may be accepted towards meeting this course requirement. 
  • Statistics – discusses statistical reasoning and methodologies.  Content should include methods for data analysis, correlation and regression, sampling and experimental design, basic probability theory, normal and binomial distributions, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals for means, proportions, and regression parameters.  A wide range of courses that discusses statistical methodologies are acceptable towards meeting this course requirement.

Regarding prerequisite courses, please note the following:

  • Advanced placement or CLEP courses are not accepted towards meeting prerequisite course requirements.
  • Prerequisite coursework is acceptable when taken at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., including classes taken at community colleges and online courses offered by these programs. For prerequisite coursework outside of the U.S. a WES or ECE evaluation is required.
  • You must have at least four of the required courses completed at the time of application submission.
  • We strongly recommended that all courses be taken within seven years prior to your planned matriculation date.

How to apply

Entry term: Summer (May)
Application cycle: April 26 - October 1
Application deadline: Oct. 1

Complete the following steps to apply to the Master of Science in physician assistant studies program:

  Submit your application using the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants.

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②  You will also need the following ready to submit directly to CASPA:

  1. Official transcripts from every U.S. college or university attended. For coursework completed outside the United States, you need to submit an international course evaluation.
  2. Name and email address of three references. We prefer for at least one of the references be a PA, physician or other health care provider who is familiar with the PA profession. CASPA will contact each reference with instructions on how to complete an online evaluation.
  3. Personal statement

③  Submit official Graduate Record Examination scores using the ETS code 0962. We require a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 302 (1,000 in the previous scoring system). You must attain this minimum score at a single seating of the exam; we will not batch or accept partial scores if you take the GRE more than once. Scores must be from an exam taken within five years prior to application submission.

  If your native language is not English, submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

  Participate in an on-campus interview with program faculty.

You will be informed if you are required to complete the secondary Rush Application. Please do not complete the secondary application until you have been asked to do so.

Additional Factors for Admissions Consideration

Rush University and the PA program are committed to creating a class environment that mirrors our diverse community and that supports access and inclusion among our students. While all candidates must meet posted minimum admissions criteria, candidates with any of the following factors indicated on their CASPA application are given additional consideration towards admission to the program, to be reviewed on a case by case basis:

  • Military veterans
  • Persons from an underrepresented minority group in the health care sciences
  • Persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • First person to attend a higher education training program
  • Recomended graduates from the Rush Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program
Admissions Contact 
Phone: (312) 563-3234


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