Admission Requirements

Physician Assistant Program

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Required minimum overall and/or last 60 credit hours GPA > 3.2
  • Recommended prerequisites GPA > 3.4
  • Recommended GRE >1100 (>300 revised format) within 5 years of application. View details below regarding the revised GRE test.
    • Verbal > 500 (>150 revised GRE)
    • Quantitative > 600 (>150 revised GRE)
    • Analytical > 4.0
  • At least 1,000 hours of direct hands-on patient care experience must be completed at the time of submitting application.
    • Hours earned from pharmacy technician, veterinarian technician, or laboratory technician experiences can be used as supplemental hours in addition to the 1,000 hours of direct hands-on patient care experience.
    • Hours obtained for course credit during educational training will not count toward the required 1,000 hours.
  • Recommended 20 hours of shadowing a Physician Assistant
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • Preference is given to applicants with two of three letters from physicians, PAs or clinical supervisors, and others familiar with your clinical experience
    • One academic recommendation is acceptable
    • Personal recommendations are discouraged. 
  • Completion of all prerequisite work (see list below).

Admission Process

Campbell PA program applicants must use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) online at Official GRE scores (code 0406), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, health care experience hours and official transcripts must be submitted to CASPA.

A supplemental application must also be submitted with a $50 application fee to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ (CPHS) Admission Office. A passport size personal photograph must be included.  

The application deadline is October 1. The PA Program admits students on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The earlier an applicant applies, the better the chances are for acceptance. 

Once a complete application is submitted it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. If you receive an interview, you can expect a response within two weeks of the interview date.

A background check and substance abuse screening test are required for students who are accepted into the program, and before matriculation.

Application Packet


  • Bachelor’s degree completed by the end of the spring semester prior to matriculation.
  • All prerequisites must be completed no later than December 31 of the year prior to matriculation
  • All pre-professional academic work must be done at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
  • There is no advanced standing.
  • The Program does not accept transfer credit from other Physician Assistant programs. 
  • All grades “C” or better
  • No time limit on completed courses
  • Courses:
    • One semester of General Biology
    • Two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (this may be taken as two combined A & P courses with lab, or one Anatomy course with lab and one Physiology Course)
    • One semester of Microbiology with lab
    • One semester of General Chemistry with lab
    • One semester of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
    • One semester of Statistics or Biostatistics
    • One semester of Psychology
    • One semester of Genetics is recommended
    • Please note that all prerequisite courses that require a lab must be completed in person. Online labs will not be accepted.

Examples of Qualifying Direct Patient Care Experience

Hours obtained during educational training will not count toward the required 1,000 hours of health care experience.

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Emergency Room/Medical Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Scribe
  • Military Medic
  • Nurse
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technician

International Applicants

International applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited institution in the United States are eligible to apply to the program. International applicants may be asked to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores directly to admissions office if English is a second language.

Revised version of the GRE effective Aug. 1, 2011

A revised version of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) replaced the General Test on Aug. 1, 2011. Visit the ETS website for more information about the revised General Test.

Scores Reported
GRE® revised General Test (tests taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011)


Scores Reported

Verbal Reasoning

130-170, in 1 point increments

Quantitative Reasoning

130-170, in 1 point increments

Analytical Writing

0-6, in half point increments