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Application Requirements

WesternU’s PA Program has received an unfavorable decision from their accreditor, ARC-PA, which impacts our accreditation and admissions of future students. Please review this important information to ensure you understand how this may impact you as an applicant.

As you begin your health profession journey at WesternU, we are here to provide you guidance and direction from prospective student to applicant to student to Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. We are here to serve you from day one, step one.

  • Application Process

    Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

    The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

    International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.

    Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

    Admission to the program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.

    Step 3: Preparing and Submitting Your Application

    The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application, and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline. Applicants must ensure that their CASPA application is submitted and deemed complete on or before the November 1st deadline to be considered.

    Preference Factors: The MSPAS program has developed a special linkage program with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in which Cal Poly Pomona students meeting requirements mandated by the Pre-Professional Advisor from Cal Poly Pomona and the PA program at WesternU, are given special consideration for admission. This is not an early admissions process. Applications for this linkage are handled by the Cal Poly Pomona Pre-Professional Advising office. Please visit the CPP-WesternU Linkage program website.

    Additionally, in accordance with the Department of PA Education vision, the program will give special consideration for admission to applicants who are from underrepresented populations and who indicate a high potential for remaining in the state of California to work following graduation.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.

  • Prerequisite Courses

    All Prerequisites:

    • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
    • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
    • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation
    • Will not be satisfied by advanced-placement, transfer of credit, pass/no credit, CLEP or credit for experiential learning. Due to COVID-19, pass will be accepted for courses completed in 2020 (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms). Pass will be calculated as a “B” when calculating GPAs
    • All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including French-Canadian institutions) must be submitted to World Education Services for a course-by-course evaluation
    • No more than one science and one non-science prerequisite course may be in progress after December 31 of the year prior to when you plan to enter WesternU (excluding Anatomy and Physiology)
    • Introductory-level courses in the sciences are not accepted (e.g., courses taken in the sciences for non-science majors)
    • You are required to list all college coursework (including foreign coursework) on your CASPA application
    • A baccalaureate degree is required for Admission to the MSPAS program. Preference may be given to candidates who completed the majority of their upper division coursework at the institution where the baccalaureate degree was granted

    Prerequisite Courses

    All courses a candidate wishes to use must appear in our Prerequisite Database as approved.

    Required: 6 semester or 8 quarter units of:

    • College English & English Composition
      • English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses will not satisfy this prerequisite
      • Must be taken from the English Department. If your school does not have an English Department, we may accept courses from the Humanities or Literature Departments
      • Literature courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis

    Required: 3 semester or 4 quarter units:

    • College Algebra
      • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Geometry, or Trigonometry courses may be accepted in place of a College Algebra course
    • Human Anatomy w/ lab AND Human Physiology w/ lab (3 semester or 4 quarter units of each)
      • If anatomy and physiology are combined, we will accept a minimum of 5 semester units
      • Must be taken out of the Anatomy & Physiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biology or Zoology Department – no other departments will be accepted
      • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2016 & later for Fall 2024 application cycle)
      • Must be satisfactorily completed by December 31st of the year prior to entering WesternU (i.e. December 31, 2022 for the class entering August 2023)
      • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Due to COVID-19, online/virtual labs will be accepted for lab courses completed in 2020, 2021, and 2022
    • Microbiology w/ lab – may not be an introductory course
      • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2016 & later for Fall 2024 application cycle)
      • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Due to COVID-19, online/virtual labs will be accepted for lab courses completed in 2020, 2021, and 2022
    • Human or General Genetics – lab is not required
      • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2016 & later for Fall 2024 application cycle)
    • Psychology – must be a general or introductory course
    • General or Introductory Sociology – must be a general or introductory course (Cultural Anthropology also accepted) – 3 semester units
    • Introductory Statistics
      • Preferably taken from the Math or Statistics Department. If taken from another department and not listed in our Prerequisite Database please contact the Admission Office

    Required: 6 semester or 12 quarter units of:

    • General or Inorganic Chemistry w/ labs
      • ​Must be a full year sequence of lecture and lab
      • General Chemistry with organic and biochemistry combinations will not satisfy this prerequisite
      • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2016 & later for Fall 2024 application cycle)
      • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Due to COVID-19, online/virtual labs will be accepted for lab courses completed in 2020, 2021, and 2022

    Required: 9 semester or 12 quarter units of:

    • Humanities
      • This may include courses such as art, music, ethics, philosophy, foreign languages and religion

    Not required but highly recommended

    • Spanish
    • Medical Terminology (will be a two-unit minimum required prerequisite course starting with the 2025 entering class)
  • Prerequisite Database

    Not sure if your course qualifies? If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy WesternU’s MSPAS prerequisites you may:

    1. Search the prerequisite database by institution
    2. If your courses are not listed in the database and you have numerous in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheet. Note: academic worksheets are available March – August and will be reviewed during this time only
  • Application Requirements

    Application Requirements

    Completion of required prerequisite courses

    Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited US Institution

    • Must be conferred by the spring term of the matriculation year
    • BS or BA in any subject is acceptable
    • A baccalaureate degree is required for admission

    Minimum Overall, Science and Prerequisite GPAs of 3.00

    • GPA must meet minimum requirement at the time of application and maintained throughout matriculation
    • Courses taken after the summer term of the year prior to matriculation are not calculated into the minimum GPA requirements prior to interviews (e.g., courses taken after Summer 2023 will not be calculated into the minimum GPA for the 2024 entering class)
    • Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee the applicant will receive an invitation to interview for the program
    • To be competitive candidates should possess GPA’s consistent with the average of the most recent entering class

    History of ongoing community service and involvement

    Applicants are required to have a minimum of 120 hours of community service experiences to be eligible for admission.

    This may include volunteering and all trends of community service and may include the following:

    • Homeless Shelters / Soup kitchens / Food Banks
    • Community Outreach
    • Veteran Programs
    • Clinical (emergency assistant, patient visitor/escort, etc.)
    • Tutoring
    • Youth Mentoring
    • Senior Citizen Home
    • Church (missionary trips/outreach)

    Although we have a minimum requirement of 120 hours, applicants tend to accumulate and continue to accumulate approximately 500 hours over the course of one to two years. Our more competitive applicants have accumulated well over 500 total hours within the same length of time, and continue ongoing community service up until the time they matriculate.

    Access to a computer meeting minimum technical standards

    • You are required to have access to a laptop computer or desktop while a student in the PA program
    • Computer should meet the minimum technical standards set by WesternU’s IT department

    Proof of Legal U.S. Residency – If Required

    • International applicants, or any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S., must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to matriculation.

    Meet the MSPAS Program’s Personal Competencies for Admission and Matriculation

    Health Screenings and Immunizations

    • Should you be accepted into the MSPAS program, you will be required to provide proof of the required health screenings and immunizations

    Background Check

    • Your admission into the program will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check, which is to be completed and submitted prior to orientation. The background check is required to verify that your history is consistent with the University’s Standards of Professional Conduct, and to ensure that you will be qualified to participate in the required clinical education experiences. A satisfactory criminal background check indicates no criminal history or satisfactory review of a criminal conviction without limitation; both misdemeanor and felony charges will be reviewed. If your background check is not considered “satisfactory”, you may have limited clinical site selection, may not be eligible for licensure or may have difficulty finding employment upon graduation. Supplemental or additional background checks may be required during the course of the educational program to meet the requirements of clinical education sites.