COVID-19 Concessions

The program strongly encourages course grades for all pre-requisites; however, in response to COVID-19, the program will accept two (2) “pass” grades for pre-requisites taken during the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters. On-line labs completed during Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 will be accepted.

Applicants to the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program must meet the following requirements and pre-requisites:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Pre-requisite course requirements - minimum of 2.0/grade of “C” for each individual pre-requisite course grade BUT a 3.0 CUMULATIVE GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for ALL pre-requisite coursework.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed all prerequisite courses by December of the year of application however, the program will permit one (1) pre-requisite course “in process” during the spring semester preceding the June program start date.
  • GRE test scores submitted with CASPA application. The school code number is 0937. Analytical writing is not required but highly recommended.
  • Complete CASPer™ test and ensure Marietta College is selected to receive results.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards of the Program.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Coordinator for accuracy and completeness with a preliminary score awarded. Any students meeting the program benchmark will then be forwarded on to the Admissions Committee for further review and potential interview. Those applications not meeting the program benchmark on initial review may not move on in the application process and will be informed by the Admissions Coordinator of this designation.

View Full Application Process

Pre-requisite Course Semester Credit Hour Requirements MC Course Equivalents
Upper-Level Human or Mammalian Biology* 3 hours BIOL 309, 310, 330, 340, 401, 430
General Chemistry I with Lab* 4 hours CHEM 131 & 133
General Chemistry II with Lab* 4 hours CHEM 132 & 134
Organic Chemistry with Lab* 4 hours CHEM 301/302 303/305
Microbiology with Lab* 3 hours BIOL 202
Human Anatomy with Lab* 3 hours BIOL 212
Human Physiology* 3 hours BIOL 203
General Psychology* 3 hours PSYC 101
Upper-Level Psychology w/emphasis on abnormal and/or developmental psychology* 3 hours PSYC 206, 207, 350, 375
Statistics* 3 hours MATH 223, 257; PSYC 285**

*Or comparable course as determined by the Admissions Committee.
The following courses are not required pre-requisites but are excellent additional classes to strengthen an application: genetics, immunology, virology, biochemistry, histology, pathophysiology, toxicology

*Upper Bio/Mammalian course needs to be 300/3000 level or above
**Beginning with the 2020 - 2021 admission cycle, MATH 123 will no longer be an accepted course

  • To check for course equivalency, view our course catalogs for descriptions of Marietta College courses.
  • Combined Human Anatomy & Physiology courses, must be a minimum of six (6) semester hours and must be obtained in a one (1) year sequential course.
  • Quarter hour system prerequisite courses must equal the listed semester hour requirements. To calculate semester credit hours, multiply the number of quarter hours of credit by 0.67.
  • All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past ten (10) years prior to application.
  • Advance placement (AP) courses (limit two (2) courses) will be accepted for pre-requisite requirements, but will not be calculated into the pre-requisite GPA.
  • Online or virtual laboratory courses in the natural sciences will not be accepted to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
  • Regarding retaken course(s), both the original and retaken grades will be included in the GPA calculation. A note of the better grade will be indicated.
  • No advanced standing (didactic or clinical) will be granted. Previous coursework will not transfer to replace courses in the PA Program.

Additional Admission Evaluation Criteria – not required but beneficial

  • Applicant’s commitment to providing care in Ohio and/or the Appalachian region.
  • Applicant’s healthcare hours (paid and/or voluntary).
  • Applicants work ethic, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.

Vaccine Policy

Starting with the Class of 2024 (June 1, 2022), Marietta College will require that all students in the Physician Assistant, Clinical Mental Health Counselling, Psychology, and Athletic Training graduate programs be vaccinated, including the COVID 19 vaccine.

Read the vaccine policy

Marietta College Students 

  • Special consideration will be given to Marietta College students meeting the criteria for a “Guaranteed Interview” and to Marietta College alumni who meet all other admission requirements.
  • Limited seats in the Program will be reserved for high school students entering Marietta College and meeting the rigorous standards as outlined in the "Direct Admissions Physician Assistant Program".

Come visit the program

We welcome individuals who are interested in visiting the facility and speaking with our program director, to schedule a visit by contacting the Admission Coordinator at or 740.376.4458. The following link is to a virtual open house hosted in 2021.