About this course
The WSU PA Program is one of the oldest programs in the country and awards a Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) degree upon completion. The program is fully accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). This seven semester program lasts 26 months and is divided in two parts: 44 semester hours of didactic course work and 39 semester hours of research and clinical rotations in a variety of settings including rural, urban and underserved communities.
Graduates will be eligible to take the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants exam, which is required for a physician assistant to practice in all states.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or demonstrate intent to complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution by the spring semester prior to entering the PA program;
- All Core Science Prerequisites must be completed at the time of application with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of C- or higher in each course. Other Prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application, but must be completed by the spring semester with a grade of C- or higher prior to entering the PA program;
- Have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- Complete an on-site interview assessing academic potential, commitment to the profession and communication skills;
- Must meet Academic and Technical Standards for Physician Assistant students.
Note: Health care experience (direct patient care) is strongly preferred but not required.