Admission Requirements

  • General Requirements

    • Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, four of which must be English; four in social sciences, at least two units of math, including algebra, both with B’s or higher. Two to four units of science including biology and chemistry with labs and grades of B’s or higher.
    • Academic course selection, grades (a minimum GPA of 3.2), rank in class, guidance counselor recommendation and minimum SAT score of 1130 (new SAT)/1050 (old SAT) or ACT score of 23 will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration.
    • Satisfactory recommendation from high school counselor or principal.
    • Once a student has been accepted, the student is required to complete 30 hours of health care exposure (volunteer or paid work in a patient care setting such as a hospital, clinic, geriatric center or similar health care facility).
    • Students are also required to maintain a 3.0 in order to advance within the program.

    Available Seats

    The physician assistant program is a high-demand major at Gannon and there are 58 seats available for each incoming freshman class. In order to be considered for acceptance to the program, students must submit a completed application (application, official transcripts and test scores) by Nov. 1 of their senior year. Qualified students will be accepted into a pool. After Nov. 1, all students who have been accepted to the pool will be evaluated for the 58 available seats. Students will either be offered a seat in the program or will be placed on a wait list.

    Transfer Students 

    • Gannon’s physician assistant program is designed for first-time students. Due to limitations on class size, the only option available for transfer students is to enter the program at the freshmen level. This will require students to remain at Gannon for a full five years regardless of the number of credits that student transfers in with. In order to be considered for the program, students must submit a completed application (application, official college transcript(s) and official high school transcripts and test scores if necessary) by November 1.
    • In order to be considered, transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as well as a GPA of 3.0 for science courses. If a transfer student has earned fewer than 30 college credits, an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT score are required.
    • Advanced placement is not available in the fourth or fifth year of the program. Credit is not given for experiential learning.