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.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards of the Program.


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 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**
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

The Vaccine policy for graduate students can be viewed on the Center for Health & Wellness page.

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

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).