What do you need to get started?

Admission to the University of Dayton PA department is highly competitive. In order to be considered for the interview process prior to admission, all applicants must have achieved all of these prerequisites prior to matriculation: 

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate GPA, a prerequisite non-natural science GPA, and a prerequisite natural science GPA of 3.00. Only grades of C or above will be considered. A C- will not qualify for consideration into the prerequisite GPA.
  • Complete the prerequisite coursework.
  • Obtain 250 hours of health care experience. Students must provide proof of experience in the health care field.
  • Obtain 20 hours of community service experience. Students must provide proof of a community service experience.
  • Obtain 20 hours of physician assistant shadowing experience. Students must provide proof of shadowing experience.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a recent college professor and one from a health care professional who has known the applicant for at least six months. Reference letters from relatives will not be accepted.

Note: Special consideration is given to current UD students and graduates of other Marianist universities.

Prerequisite coursework

If an applicant has completed their prerequisite courses in a quarter system, please convert to semesters using the following: Each quarter hour of credit divided by 1.5 = semester credit hours. (example: 6 quarter hours = 4 semester hours)

  • Human anatomy with lab: 4 semester hours
  • Human physiology with lab: 4 semester hours
  • Microbiology with lab: 3-4 semester hours
  • Organic chemistry with lab: 8 semester hours
  • Biochemistry (lab preferred): 3-4 semester hours
  • General psychology: 3 semester hours
  • Second psychology course: 3 semester hours (i.e., life span development, abnormal psychology)
  • Statistics: 3-4 semester hours
  • Medical terminology: 2-3 semester hours

Outstanding coursework

Applicants can apply prior to completing all prerequisite courses with the following conditions:

  • They have no more than two outstanding science courses.
  • All outstanding course(s) must be able to be completed prior to matriculation.

Any prerequisite courses completed after acceptance must meet the admission GPA. All science courses must have been successfully completed within 10 years prior to application. Any exceptions must be presented to the Department Chair for individual consideration.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is not required for admission to the program. For more information, download the complete admissions (pdf) >>

Attend an information session

Prospective students interested in the University of Dayton's Master of Physician Assistant Practice (MPAP) program should plan to attend one of the PA information sessions that are held periodically throughout the school year. 

View upcoming information sessions and register to attend!

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