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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.

MSUCOM PA Medicine Program Informational Webinar
October 18, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public
Learn more about MSUCOM's new PA Medicine program.  This will be an informational session with an opportunity for Q&A.
Register for the webinar here.   

Applicants to the MSUCOM PA Medicine program must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution before starting. Any applicant who has a Bachelor’s degree from any institution that is outside of the United States must be evaluated by MSUCOM approved transcript evaluation service (World Education Services

All applicants will be required to have a completed/verified CASPA application with 3 letters of reference and an MSUCOM application prior to being considered for an interview.

Applicants not having had completed four years of high school in the United States must also take the TOEFL exam and submit to MSUCOM. The MSUCOM Code is C522. (This exam must be taken by December 1 of the application cycle year and the score received by January 1 of the following year). This applies to all that have not fulfilled this requirement, even if having attained a university undergraduate or graduate degree. You must receive the following scores on the TOEFL exam to be admissible into the PA Medicine program- IbT (Internet-based testing): 100. Applicants who are citizens of Canada and have completed four years of high school in Canada are exempt from this requirement if English is their first language. 

Applicants are not required to have healthcare experience (patient care, volunteering, and/or shadowing), but it is highly encouraged, as one component of holistic application review process. The program gives preference to applicants who have exposure to medicine and the PA profession, including PA shadowing, direct patient care, indirect patient care such as scribing, membership in a professional medical society; applicants who have higher science GPAs and those without academic concerns such as failed pre-requisite courses or negative grade trajectories; applicants with a passion for service as evidenced by community service/volunteering, especially with underserved populations. Aligned with the values of MSUCOM, the program also gives additional preference to students who are educationally and/or economically/environmentally disadvantaged. 

We understand that COVID has made shadowing and direct patient care experiences limited in many circumstances, so we encourage applicants to explore safe and creative ways to gain exposure to the profession such as virtual shadowing, membership in a PA professional organization, or attending virtual presentations/webinars. 

Ideal applicants for MSUCOM PA Medicine program will be highly skilled communicators, demonstrate leadership capacity and grit, have a commitment to service in the community, and demonstrate academic preparedness for the rigor of a PA training program. All applicants will undergo a holistic screening process, with a variety of factors considered to be selected for an interview or admission as discussed above. The holistic recruitment methods of MSUCOM and the Department of PA Medicine will look to attract a diverse student population to address the healthcare needs in the State of Michigan.

The following required prerequisite courses are foundational experiences to assist MSUCOM PA Medicine admissions in identifying students who are able to meet the rigor and pace of PA Medicine coursework. Since these courses are foundational, the PA medicine program only allows applicants to have up-to-2 repeated pre-requisite course(s) on an application and no pre-requisite course may be repeated more than once. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B letter grade) is required for all prerequisite courses. B- grades will not be accepted. The PA Medicine program does not have a cumulative GPA requirement or standardized exam (GRE) requirement for an application.

Prerequisite Courses:

One course of each of the following is required. There is no specific number of credit hours needed per course and no specific university academic level is required. Required minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 (B letter Grade) scale on each of these courses. B- grades will not be accepted

  • Human Anatomy
  • Statistics (can be taken in any University Department)
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • English Composition

The PA Medicine program would suggest all Prerequisite Courses be completed at the time of application. However we understand this may not be possible for some applicants. The deadline for submission of all Prerequisite Courses is by December 31st of the application year

In order to be admitted into the MSUCOM PA Medicine program an applicant has to be invited for an interview and selected for admission by the PA Medicine Admissions Committee.

Questions regarding admission requirements can be emailed to  

We also offer virtual advising appointments.   View instructions for scheduling an appointment here, then click the "Schedule an appointment" button below.  Be sure to select that are interested in PA Medicine.


Program Placement of Students in Clinical Rotations

The MSU PA Medicine PA program does not permit students to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. Students are not permitted to coordinate clinical sites and/or preceptors for program-required rotations. All core Clinical Rotations will be within the United States. Only in the Clinical Elective rotation will students be able to have international experiences if available and in good standing with the program.