Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or evidence of expected completion of a bachelor’s degree at the time of application.
Minimum GPA of 3.2 for undergraduate work and a minimum of 3.0 or higher in prerequisite courses.
Credits | Course
8 Biology with labs
12 Chemistry with labs (General and Organic)
4 Anatomy with lab
4 Physiology with lab
4 Microbiology with lab
2-3 Medical Terminology
- Applicants must have a “C” or better in all science courses. Courses taken as pass/fail or for noncredit will not be accepted.
- A minimum of 8 credits of the prerequisite courses must be completed within a five-year time frame at matriculation, with the remaining prerequisite courses to have been completed within a 10-year time frame at matriculation.
- 200 hours of healthcare experience (paid or volunteer).
- GRE – scores will be reviewed and used in the application process.
- Applicants are required to supply three (3) letters of recommendation.
- Applicants must submit a succinct essay that discusses professional goals in reference to the physician assistant profession.
- All course work in the program must be taken in sequence. Transfer/advanced placement or life experience credit will not be offered.
- International students must submit official, notarized scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam and must meet the minimum score requirement of 550 for the paper based test and 79-80 for the internet-based test.
- Entry into the program will be based on the completion of prerequisites, interview and space availability.
- Preference will be given to equally qualified Mercyhurst graduates.
Background Checks & Clearances
Criminal background checks, including finger printing, child abuse clearance and drug screening are a prerequisite within the program. Drug screening results may limit the ability to obtain clinical training sites and can prevent a student from being promoted to the clinical phase of the program or recommended for graduation. Felony convictions can limit the ability of national certification, state licensure and clinical training experiences. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is a good resource for guidance for concerns with background findings.