Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Application submission via Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) including three letter of reference.
  • GRE test scores should be submitted with CASPA application by November 1st deadline.
  • Supplemental application detailing the applicant’s life experiences and personal goals.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards of the Program.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Degree may be from any discipline as long as applicant has completed and obtained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all required pre-requisite work.
  • Program pre-requisites:
    • Human or Mammalian Upper Level 200-300 (3 semester hours)
      Examples: cellular and molecular; immunology; genetics; toxicology. Courses would be for students majoring in Biology or Biology-related fields. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent BIOL 309, 310, 330, 340, 401, 430)
    • General Chemistry I w/lab (4 semester hours)
      Basic principles of chemistry for chemistry majors. Includes atomic structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solutions. Atomic and bonding theories and fundamental laws of chemistry explored from a historical perspective. Problem solving emphasized. Laboratory experience emphasizing techniques and basic principles for Chemistry I. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent CHEM 131 & 133)
    • General Chemistry II w/lab (4 semester hours)
      Basic principles of chemistry for chemistry majors. Emphasizes chemical kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, nuclear chemistry, environmental chemistry and descriptive chemistry. Laboratory experience emphasizes identification of ions and topics covered in Chemistry II. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent CHEM 132 & 134)
    • Microbiology w/ lab (3 semester hours)
      Examines eukaryotic and prokaryotic microorganisms. Emphasizes structure and physiology of bacteria, and their roles as agents of disease, contaminants in food and water, and applications in modern biotechnology industries. Includes bacterial genetics, virology, and immunology. Laboratory exercises include cultivation and identification of bacteria, metabolism, food and water analysis, and virology. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent BIOL 202)
    • Human Anatomy (3 semester hours)
      Examination of human anatomy. Emphasizing the structure and function of all of the organ systems within the human body. Laboratory includes dissection of a cat, study of the human skeletal system and study of human models. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent BIOL 212)
      If you take Human Anatomy & Physiology as a combined course, you must have a minimum of 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours (this must be a one-year sequential course).
    • Human Physiology (3 semester hours)
      Examination of the physiology of the human body. The course describes the physiology of molecules, cells, tissues and organs of all the organ systems within the human body. On-line courses "not" accepted.
      (MC equivalent BIOL 203)
      If you take Human Anatomy & Physiology as a combined course, you must have a minimum of 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours (this must be a one-year sequential course).
    • Psychology (6 semester hours)
      Choose from two of the following: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. On-line courses that meet the course description accepted.
      (MC equivalent PSYC 101, 206, 207, 350, 375)
    • Statistics (3 semester hours)
      Introduction to statistical analysis with discussion of statistical techniques and reasoning. Descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and normal distribution will be reviewed. Learn to interpret the results of data analysis and draw conclusions. On-line courses that meet the course description accepted.
      (MC equivalent MATH 123; MATH 223; PSYC 285; or PSYC 286)

For colleges/universities on the quarter hour system, the prerequisite courses must equal the semester hours requirements listed for the above courses.

The following additional academic courses are encouraged though not required: genetics, immunology and biochemistry.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by December of the year of application for the program's June start date. The program will consider applicants who have one prerequisite course in process during the spring preceding the June start date. A grade of "C"(2.00) or higher in all prerequisite coursework is required.

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past ten years prior to application.

College advance placement credits (limited to two courses) will be accepted for prerequisite requirements, but will not be calculated in your prerequisite GPA.

Additional Admission Evaluation Criteria:

The job of the Admissions Committee is difficult and rigorous, they must choose academically strong, well-rounded students with exceptional intra-personal skills. Additional criteria factored into this decision but not required include:

  • Applicants commitment to providing primary care in Ohio and/or the region.
  • Applicants healthcare hours (paid and/or voluntary).
  • Applicants work ethic, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.
  • Special consideration will be given to Marietta College students meeting the criteria for a “guaranteed interview” (see section below) and to Marietta College alumni who meet all other admission requirements.
  • Current Marietta College students should review the PA Program Guarantee Interview for Admissions (PDF). Applicants who have completed all prerequisite courses at Marietta College in the before mentioned program, who have a GPA of 3.2 or greater in those designated courses, and who meet all other program requirements will be granted an interview for admissions. This interview does not guarantee a position in the PA Program.

  • Further questions may be addressed to the PA Program office at 740-376-4458 or paprog@marietta.edu.

    To visit the Program – contact the office to set up an appointment or come to an Open House in September or April (watch our home page for specific dates and times).