Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MPAS Program, students must supply the following information. When this information is received, the Admissions Committee will act on the application.

  • MPAS Candidates must hold an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or be in the senior year of undergraduate study. A completed bachelor's degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • MPAS Candidates must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite science courses, which must have been completed within the last five years preceding application. Courses in progress need to be outlined in writing for plan of completion. Official transcripts showing completion of prerequisites with a grade of C or higher will be required prior to program matriculation. 
  • MPAS Candidates must achieve competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years. The MPAS program admission policy will use the GPA calculation from CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) for assignment of points for admission.
  • Huntington University graduates will receive priority admission into the MPAS program provided they meet all other admissions requirements.
  • MPAS Candidates must complete a minimum of 20 hours of observational experience with a Physician Assistant. These hours do not have to be completed prior to application but must be completed before the start of classes.
  • MPAS Candidates must complete a minimum of 500 hours of paid patient care experience. These hours do not have to be completed prior to application but must be completed before the start of classes. Examples include patient care tech, CNA, basic paramedic, radiologic technologist, scribe, nurse, occupational or physical therapy assistant, among others.
  • MPAS candidates need to submit three letters of recommendation via CASPA. At least one of the three recommendations required for application must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a certified physician assistant
  • Submit the CASPA application by posted deadline through the CASPA website at
  • Students will be required to pass a criminal background and drug check at time of admission to the program in order to be eligible for clinical rotations, experiential component, and to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Eligibility requirements for the national exam for becoming a physician assistant can be retrieved at
    • NCCPA
      12000 Findley Road
      Suite 100
      Johns Creek, GA 30097-1409
    • Phone: 678-417-8100
    • Fax: 678-417-8135
  • Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a physician assistant, certified (PA-C). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the PANCE certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the PANCE certification examination or attain PA state licensure.


Your undergraduate degree should include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab — 4 semester credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab — 4 semester credits
  • Biology with lab — 3–4 semester credits
  • Microbiology with lab — 4 semester credits
  • Chemistry I with lab — 4 semester credits
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab  — 4 semester credits
  • Organic Chemistry II with lab — 4 semester credits
  • Introduction to Psychology — 3 semester credits
  • Statistics or Research — 3 semester credits
  • Medical Terminology — 1-3 semester credits

The Admissions Committee may choose to waive some requirements for special circumstances. Students may be accepted on a conditional basis until all prerequisites are met. Prerequisites must be completed prior to admission to the MPAS program.

More information is available at our Physican Assistant degree FAQs page.