Admissions Criteria

The program is highly competitive and enrollment is currently limited to 80 students each year. The admissions process has three components that include academic evaluation, supporting documentation review, and a personal interview.

All applicants must meet the following requirements for admission into the Physician Assistant Program:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
  • Minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
  • 200 hours of volunteer or job related health care experience;
  • One page personal statement describing why you wish to become a physician assistant (CASPA Narrative);
  • Three references from professionals (one of which must be from a health professional);
  • Completion of prerequisite courses; and
  • No more than one grade that is less than a "B-" in a required prerequisite course

GPA’s are calculated utilizing ALL college level courses completed by the applicant.

Documentation of your 200 hours of volunteer or job related health care experience is required upon acceptance.

The GRE is not required.

If you earned a bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official language AND English is not your first language, you must submit scores from the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) OR the “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) that are no more than two years old. In general, a TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based version) or 230 (computer-based version), 88/89 (internet-based version) or an IELTS score of 7.0 is sufficient to demonstrate the requisite proficiency in English for admission into Pace's academic programs.

A personal interview may be granted if the above criteria are met. During the interview applicants will be evaluated on cognitive capability, professional awareness, commitment to the profession, leadership qualities, service and community orientation, communication skills including verbal ability, personal and behavioral qualities, interpersonal skills, self confidence, motivation and initiative, professionalism, social support and coping abilities. Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee an interview.

The Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee will admit candidates who meet the admission requirements, are granted an interview, and present the best overall profile evidenced in these areas.  The program does not provide preference to or favor any specified individuals or groups.