Frequently Asked Questions

Is the PA Program accredited?

What is the length of the program?

Does the tuition differ for in and out-of-state residents?

Is financial aid available?

What is the minimum prerequisite GPA required for admission?

What is the minimum GRE score required?

What type of setting is best to obtain patient contact hours?

Will I be able to work while in school?

How many applicants were there this year?

How many students are accepted each year?

What is the alternate list?

Am I required to take my prerequisite courses at Marietta College?

What is the employment trend for PAs?

What is the difference between a PA, NP, RN, etc.?

Should I get a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies?

Is advanced placement available?

What do our preceptors have to say about our students?


Q: Is the PA Program accredited?

A: The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marietta College. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the Program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018.

Q: What is the length of the program?

A: 26 months. Classes being in June and graduation is in July of the second year.

Q: Does the tuition differ for in and out-of-state residents?

A: Tuition is the same for in state as well as out-of-state residents.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Information on financial aid can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid at 1-800-331-2709.

Q: What is the minimum prerequisite GPA required for admission?

A: 3.0

Q: What is the minimum GRE score required?

A: There is no minimum GRE score required. Each applicant must take the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

Q: What type of setting is best to obtain patient contact hours?

A: Health care hours are not required, though they are recommended. Examples of experiences include: shadowing PAs or physicians, nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, etc.

Q: Will I be able to work while in school?

A: It is recommended that you do not work during your didactic year, and you are NOT permitted to work during your clinical year.

Q: How many applicants were there this year?

A: Approximately 800.

Q: How many students are accepted each year?

A: 36

Q: What is the alternate list?

A: When the class is selected, a group of alternates is also selected. Applicants from this list may be called upon to fill a vacancy if a selected applicant decides not to accept a position in the class.

Q: Am I required to take my prerequisite courses at Marietta College?

A: No. You can take the prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university.

Q: What is the employment trend for PAs?

A: The Bureau of Labor Statistics places the PA profession 13th on their list of the fastest-growing occupations from 2012 to 2022. Projecting that the number of PA jobs will increase by 38.4%.

Q: What is the difference between a PA, NP, RN, etc.?

A: PAs and NPs receive education that is competency based. Both are mid-level practitioners that in the family of medicine are between a physician and a nurse. Physician assistants are individuals trained using the medical school model, which has an expectation of strong basic science background and clinical experience of between 2,000 to 2,500 hours during their educational program. Nurse practitioners are individuals trained using the nursing school model, and are often trained in a specific area such as pediatrics, etc., following their formal training as a nurse.

Q: Should I get a Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies?

A: Of the 181 accredited PA Programs, 91.6% offer Master's degrees. Ohio requires a Master's degree to practice.

Q: Is advanced placement available?

A: The PA Program does not have advanced standing for placement, transfer of credit, or credit for experiential learning for all applicants.

Q: What do our preceptors have to say about our students?

A:
"The program is well organized and professional. I enjoy the students."

"I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of education that your students are receiving."

"Students are intelligent, motivated and show a lot of promise."

"Students are enthusiastic, quick learners and work well with others."

"Excellent knowledge base and basic diagnostic exam skills. Diligent, attentive, and interested in learning."

"MC starts with quality applicants which makes a big difference in the quality of the final product."