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MS-PAS Admission Requirements

The IC PA Program has a holistic approach to admissions. The whole application will be considered in the final admissions process including, but not limited to:

  • Veteran status
  • Ithaca College student or alumni status
  • GPA
  • Personal and Supplemental Statements
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Health care experience, especially with medically underserved, vulnerable populations (economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness) or rural populations 

Requirements

Degree

  • Baccalaureate Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University.

Undergraduate Grade Point Average

  • The following GPA are required:
    • Overall GPA of 3.0.
    • Prerequisite GPA of 3.2.
    • Looking for an upward grade trend of the last 60 credit hours taken.

Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA-CAT is NOT required for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

  • The PA-CAT (Physician Assistant College Admissions Test) is designed to be a broad-based exam and will provide evidence-based data on what applicants have learned in prerequisite subject areas prior to applying to PA school.
  • Topics were chosen based on literature reviews, surveys, and consultations with PA educators who were asked to identify which prerequisites subjects, topics, and concepts are most important for mastery of the demanding PA curriculum. Anatomy and Physiology are given the most emphasis on recognition of what PA students must learn early in the curriculum. Along with Anatomy and Physiology, the PA-CAT will test the following subjects: Biology (including Microbiology and Genetics), Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry), Behavioral Sciences (including Psychology & Sociology) and Statistics. The exam covers a variety of learning targets (outcomes) with a focus on the higher-order cognitive level to assess application and understanding. Topics and subjects covered are subject to change. The PA-CAT (Physician Assistant College Admissions Test) became available commercially in January 2020. For more specific details on the PA-CAT; including the exam blueprint, sample questions, application fees, along with how and where applicants can register to take the PA-CAT visit the PA-CAT website at: www.pa-cat.com.

Prerequisite Undergraduate Coursework

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Course

Semester Requirement

Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

2 semesters

General Biology I & II with Lab

  • General Biology I and/or General Biology II with lab
  • Upper-level Biology with lab such as Cell Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology or Pathology is an acceptable alternative for General Biology I and/or General Biology II  

2 semesters

Microbiology with Lab

1 semester 

General Chemistry I & II with Lab

  • General Chemistry I and/or General Chemistry II with lab
  • Upper-level Chemistry with lab such as Organic Chemistry II, Biochemistry II, Inorganic Chemistry is an acceptable alternative for General Chemistry I and/or General Chemistry II  

2 semesters

Organic Chemistry I with Lab

1 semester

Biochemistry

1 semester

Genetics

1 semester

Statistics

1 semester

Psychology

1 semester

Writing Intensive/English Composition

1 semester

Ithaca College Undergraduate Prerequisites & Equivalents

Course

Ithaca College Equivalent

Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

EXSS 12000 AND EXSS 12100

General Biology I & II with Lab

BIO 11900 AND BIO 12000 OR BIO 12100 and BIO 12200

Microbiology with Lab

HLTH 20700 AND HLTH 20710 OR BIO 35200

General Chemistry I & II with Lab

Organic Chemistry I with Lab

Due to course sequencing and prerequisites for other required coursework, IC students should plan to complete:  

First Semester: CHEM 12100 AND CHEM 12200  

Second Semester: CHEM 22100 AND CHEM 22300*  

Third Semester: CHEM 22200  

Fourth Semester: CHEM 23200 AND CHEM 23300* 

*Students who previously completed CHEM 12400, CHEM 22500 do not need to complete CHEM 22300 or CHEM 23300. 

If you are transferring out of Physical Therapy and have completed CHEM 12100/12200 and CHEM 11200/11400 (with B+ or higher), request permission from the Chemistry Dept to complete the full sequence beginning with CHEM 22200. 

Biochemistry

Most students should complete BIOC 33300

CHEM majors complete BIOC 35300

BIOC majors complete both BIOC 35300 AND BIOC 35400

BIOL majors should work with their advisor

Genetics

BIO 22700

Statistics

MATH 14400, MATH 14500, MATH 15500 OR PSYCH 20700

Ithaca College Students: AP credit may not be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. If you completed AP statistics and Ithaca College applied credit to your transcript, complete MATH 24600 to satisfy the prerequisite for the PA Program.

Psychology

PSYCH 10300 OR PSYCH 10400

Ithaca College Students: AP credit may not be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. If you completed AP Psychology and Ithaca College applied credit to your transcript, complete PSYCH 10400 or another upper level Psychology course to satisfy the prerequisite for the PA Program.

Writing Intensive/English Cmposition

Anything designated WI is accepted

  • Prerequisite coursework MUST have been completed no more than 10 years prior to matriculation. Courses must have been completed after January 1, 2012. 
  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or AP (Advanced Placement) course credit may not be used or substituted to meet prerequisite requirements.
  • Experiential learning is not substituted for prerequisite coursework.
  • Online courses from regionally accredited institutions are accepted.
  • Courses only offered pass-fail by the college or university due to COVID 19 (Spring 2020 through Spring 2021) will be accepted and will not contribute to the calculated GPA or Pre-Requisite GPA. Pass-Fail courses will not be accepted if there was an option to choose pass-fail or graded. If it is not clearly stated on the transcript a letter will be required from the college or university to confirm that pass-fail was the only option.

Direct Patient Care Experiences

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  • Applicants are expected to have hands-on, direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting.
    • A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience in a healthcare setting must be completed prior to application. 
      • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care experience in a healthcare setting must be completed prior to application for the 2021-2022 application cycle.
    • Direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting will be evaluated based on the type of experience and the number of hours. 
    • Quality of prior health care experience will be taken into consideration; favorable healthcare settings include:
      • Direct health care experience serving disadvantaged populations
      • Rural health care experience
      • Military health care experience
    • Examples of direct patient care experiences in a healthcare setting may include but are not limited to:  EMT, Medical Scribe, Paramedic, Medical Assistant, Nurse, Surgical Technician, Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapy Aide, Medical Corpseman, and volunteer hours in a hospital or nursing home where there was direct contact with patients.
    • Applicants will submit verifiable information regarding their direct health care experiences.  

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Letters should be from physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, research mentors, professors or volunteer coordinators/supervisors who had direct interaction with the applicant and can attest to their qualities, strengths and suitability for a career as a physician assistant.
  • Letters must not be from a family member or peer.

Personal and Supplemental Statements

  • Personal and Supplemental Statements

International Students

  • Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution).
  • In accordance with Ithaca College Graduate Admissions; if degree and prerequisite coursework are from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university; international students must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following methods:
    • TOEFL score of at least 550 PBT/213 CBT/80 IBT, administered at an official ETS testing center (not at a university)
    • IELTS score of at least 6.0
    • English as a first language reinforced with a satisfactory graduate entrance assessment score.
    • Completion of an appropriate level in an ESL program which, according to the ESL school, is sufficient for the undergraduate level of university study.
    • CEFR score of C1

Residency

  • US Citizens.
  • Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States: Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card ("green card") prior to admission. Note: Permanent residency status "pending," is not eligible for admission.

Transfers of credits or Admission with Advanced Standing

  • Transfer credit or admission with advanced standing from another PA program is not accepted.
  • No advanced standing, or transfer credit is given to foreign medical school graduates. All students admitted to the PA program must take all courses with their cohort.
  • All of the curricular components of the program are required for graduation and must be completed at the Ithaca College Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program.

Click here for updated admissions requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.