Admission Requirements

  • Five- Year Masters Program Students

    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), letters of recommendation, personal statement 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
    • Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens

    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 Dec. 1 of their senior year. Qualified students will be accepted into a pool. After Dec. 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 offered a seat 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. 

    Post-Baccalaureate Students (when seats are available)

    Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from previous professional education and prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years. As part of the application process, applicants must submit recommendation forms from three evaluators and complete a personal interview. In addition, applicants must submit the following: official transcripts, curriculum vitae and 30 hours of documented volunteer/paid medical experience or 30 hours of shadowing a Physician Assistant. The application deadline is November 15.

    Prerequisites

    Following are prerequisites for the Post-Baccalaureate Option and must be completed prior to enrolling:

    • Major Level Biology - 8 Credits
    • Chemistry - 8 Credits
    • Medical Terminology (or demonstrated competency) - 3 Credits
    • Psychology - 3 Credits
    • Statistics - 3 Credits

    Undergraduate Courses:

    • BIOL 365 - Human Gross Anatomy - 3 Credits
    • BIOL 366 - Human Anatomy Lab - 1 Credit
    • BIOL 368 - Human Physiology - 3 Credits
    • BIOL 369 - Human Physiology Lab - 1 Credit
    • BIOL 378 -  Medical Microbiology - 3 Credits
    • BIOL 379 - Medical Microbiology Lab - 1 Credit
    • BIOL 232 -  Human Genetics - 3 Credits
    • PHAS 363 - The Research Process - 3 Credits

    Prerequisite and undergraduate courses will not be accepted if they have been completed over 5 years prior to enrollment. Advanced standing is not granted in the graduate phase of the program. No credits are awarded for experiential learning.