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:

  • Baccalaureate Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University
  • Advanced degrees
  • Veteran, Ithaca College student, or alumni status
  • Grade Point Average
    • Overall GPA (Undergraduate) or Overall Graduate GPA
    • Prerequisite GPA (Can include undergraduate and/or graduate level courses)
  • Direct patient care experiences
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal and Supplemental Statements
  • 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 
  • Performance during the interview



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

Grade Point Average

  • The following GPA are required:
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 (Undergraduate) or Overall Graduate GPA of 3.0 (only for applicants holding an earned graduate degree). 
    • Prerequisite GPA of 3.2. 

Prerequisite Coursework

Course Semester Requirement
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab 2 semesters
Microbiology with Lab 1 semester
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
  • A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for prerequisite coursework.
  • Prerequisite coursework MUST have been completed no more than 10 years prior to matriculation. Courses must have been completed after January 1, 2014. 
  • 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.
  • Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution).
  • Applicants may have one (1) outstanding course at time of application which must be done by end of Fall Semester of application cycle.
  • For the 2023-2024 admission cycle, completion of a Medical Terminology course is strongly recommended. Beginning with the 2024-2025 admission cycle, Medical Terminology will be a requirement.

Direct Patient Care Experiences

  • 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. 
    • 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
    • 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 Corpsman, 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 within the last 5 years 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


  • 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.