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Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE:  We understand that due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many students will receive pass/fail grades. We assure future applicants that we will accept pass/fail coursework for any courses impacted by this situation. This holds both in cases where pass/fail is mandated by your institution and also in cases of individual choice.

Welcome to the MSUCOM PA Medicine Admissions Information Site! We are glad you are interested in our unique and innovative PA program.

Admission to the MSUCOM PA Medicine Program is highly competitive. The program reviews applicants holistically. Those who do not meet minimum admissions requirements will not be considered for admission to the program.

Join us for one of the following Program Informational Webinars to discuss program admissions requirements and guidance, with an opportunity for Q&A:

  • September 19, 2022
    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
    Register for the webinar here.

Rolling Admissions

Admissions are completed on a rolling basis. The program begins reviewing applicants, inviting for interviews, and offering acceptances well before the application deadline, so waiting until the deadline to apply may decrease your chances of acceptance.

Cohort Size

The class of 2024 is 32 students. The PA Medicine program may increase program size in subsequent years, not to exceed maximum ARC-PA approved class size.

Residency

MSUCOM does not give preference to residents of any particular state. There are no restrictions on residency requirements.

Application Requirement checklist

  Verified CASPA application

  Completed MSUCOM Supplemental application

  TOEFL *if applicable

  Prerequisite courses

  Human Anatomy

  Human Physiology

  Microbiology w/lab

  General Chemistry

  Biochemistry

  Developmental Psychology

  Statistics

  English Composition

  Bachelor’s Degree complete by May of matriculation year (before start of program)

  3 letters of recommendation

Degree Requirements

Obtaining a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is REQUIRED before the start of the program (mid-May of each year).

  • Waiver may be granted in certain scenarios (see Admissions FAQ section for more information)
  • If your bachelor’s degree was obtained outside the US, it must be evaluated by the MSUCOM approved transcript evaluation service (World Education Services).

TOEFL Requirements

Applicants not having had completed four years of high school in the United States must also take the TOEFL exam and submit to MSUCOM by December 1 of application cycle year (score must be received by January 1 of following year)

  • MSUCOM Code is C522
  • Minimum TOEFL exam score (Internet-based-testing): 100
  • Applicants who are citizens of Canada and have completed 4 years of high school in Canada are exempt from this requirement if English is first language

Standardized Testing

Standardized tests (GRE, MCTA, or PA-CAT) are NOT required for admissions into the program and are not considered in the applicant review process.

Healthcare experience

Healthcare experience (direct patient care, volunteering, and/or shadowing) is not required for application, however, is strongly encouraged as it is a component considered in our holistic review process. The program gives preference to applicants who have exposure to medicine and the PA profession, including PA shadowing, direct patient care, and indirect patient care such as scribing.

We understand that COVID made shadowing and direct patient care experiences limited in many circumstances for a period of time, and this is taken into consideration in the review process.

Service and Volunteering

While service and volunteering are not required, they are strongly encouraged as it is a component considered in our holistic review process. Aligned with MSUCOM values, the program gives preference to applicants with a passion for service as evidenced by community service and volunteer experiences, especially with underserved populations.

Disadvantaged Students

Aligned with the values of MSUCOM, the program also gives additional preference to students who are educationally and/or economically/environmentally disadvantaged. 

Contact

Questions regarding admission requirements can be emailed to admissions@pa.com.msu.edu.

We also offer virtual advising appointments.  Be sure to select the PA Medicine options.

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 Reapplicant Feedback

This self-assessment is an opportunity for you to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your PA school application. You may send your completed self-assessment to the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Admissions office by email admissions@pa.com.msu.edu. A member of our staff will review your self-assessment and can provide brief additional feedback via email.