Physician Assistant Program

Admissions Requirements

The admission requirements outlined below are tentative; pending accreditation.

  • Program Requirements

    Undergraduate Education

    A baccalaureate degree from a United States of America regionally accredited college or university is required, with a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a four point grading scale and a science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale is preferred. Coursework taken outside of the United States will not be accepted, regardless if the transcript has been made equivalent by a U.S. institution for purposes of undergraduate enrollment. Applicants who are currently pursuing graduate level work toward a Ph.D. or other professional degree must complete all degree requirements prior to matriculation into the PA Programs. Upper level courses completed longer than 5 years prior to application will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

    Standardized Test Scores

    All applicants are required to submit official scores from the GRE or MCAT with their application; though no minimum score exists currently, scores should be competitive. The GRE and MCAT must have been taken within the past 3 years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by the supplemental application due date of February 15, 2015. Applications are not complete without GRE or MCAT scores.

  • Prerequisites

    The program very strongly recommends the following subjects passed with a grade of C or better by the end of the fall semester (2014). Science courses needed should be those course that are specific to that major (introductory or survey are not recommended).

    * Advanced Placement (AP) courses will not be accepted for these prerequisites.

    Mathematics (6 semester hours)

    College Algebra
    Pre-calculus Trigonometry (credit cannot be received for both MAC 1114 and Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry/ MAC 1147)
    Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
    Business Calculus
    Calculus I
    Calculus II
    Calculus III

    Statistics (3 semester hours)

    Introductory Statistics I
    Economic and Business Statistics I
    Social Science Statistics
    Introductory Statistics II
    Statistics and Probability Connections
    Economic and Business Statistics
    Essentials of Statistics

    English (6 semester hours)

    Composition I
    Composition II
    Public Speaking

    Humanities (3 semester hours)

    Includes but is not limited to: art, music, literature, foreign language, history, philosophy, religion, linguistics, English, critical theory, or classics

    Social Sciences (9 semester hours)

    Includes but is not limited to: anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, government, economics, culture studies, gerontology, psychology, ethics, law

    General Biology with Lab (4 semester hours) *

    General Biology I (For Science Majors)
    General Biology I Lab (For Science Majors)
    General Biology II (For Science Majors)
    General Biology II Lab (For Science Majors)

    General Microbiology with Lab (4 semester hours)*

    General Microbiology
    General Microbiology with Lab

    General Chemistry with Lab (8 semester hours)*

    General Chemistry I
    General Chemistry I Lab
    General Chemistry II
    General Chemistry II Lab

    Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester hours)*

    Organic Chemistry I
    Organic Chemistry I Lab
    Organic Chemistry II
    Organic Chemistry II Lab

    Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Lab (8 semester hours)*

    To meet this requirement take Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab PLUS Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 with lab –OR– take Human Anatomy with lab PLUS Human Physiology

  • Recommended Additional Courses

    Additional chemistry, biology, and social science courses beyond the minimum requirements will strengthen an application, especially if the additional courses are highly correlated with medicine. If an applicant has completed the minimum preprofessional courses listed above and is searching for electives, the following areas would strengthen an application.

    Medically-related Sciences, including such courses as:

    Biochemistry Biostatistics
    Cell Biology Cell Physiology
    Embryology Epidemiology
    Genetics Histology
    Immunology Molecular Genetics
    Parasitology Pathogenic Bacteriology

    Non-medically-related Sciences, including such courses as:

    Physical Chemistry Physics
    Quantitative Analysis

    Social and Behavioral Sciences, including such courses as:

    Abnormal Psychology Death and Dying
    Developmental Psychology Human Growth and Development
    Human Sexuality Marriage and the Family
    Medical Ethics Psychology
  • Preferred Experiences

    Direct Patient Care Experience

    While there is no minimum requirement, direct patient care experience is highly preferred. The most competitive applicants will submit verifiable information about prior health care experience (via CASPA) in order to be competitive for admission to the program. There will be an opportunity for applicants to share their direct care experience in their personal statement, secondary application and interview (if selected)Applicants must have an awareness of the intricacies of health care delivery as it exists today and be prepared to commit to a profession that aids the sick and injured. Applicants will be expected to have some in-depth experience with direct ‘hands-on’ health care experience. This may include, but is not limited to, experience as a medical assistant, military corpsman, EMT or paramedic, nurse, surgical technician, athletic trainer, health educator, therapy aide, medical scribe or Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience.

  • Residency Requirements

    Applicants must be either a:

    • U.S. Citizen
    • Permanent Resident of the U.S.

    An alien registration receipt (green) card must be in your possession when completing the CASPA application. Documentation will be required and failure to provide such documentation may result in delayed opportunity.

    Florida residency requires:

    • Proof of permanent residency in Florida for 12 months preceding registration to USF PA Program

    Please visit the Registrar's website for additional residency requirement information.

  • Technical Standards

    The candidates and students must, within reason, be able to do or perform each of the following:

    • Observe demonstrations and participate in experiments in the basic sciences.
    • Analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
    • Sufficiently use the senses of vision and hearing and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination. The candidate must be able to perform palpation, auscultation, and percussion.
    • Relate to patients and establish sensitive, professional relationships with patients.
    • Communicate the results of the examination to the patient and to his/her colleagues with accuracy, clarity and efficiency.
    • Learn and perform routine laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
    • Perform routine invasive procedures as a part of training using universal precautions without substantial risk of infection to patients.
    • Perform with precision, quick and appropriate actions in emergency situations.
    • Display good judgment in the assessment and treatment of patients.
    • Possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the medical school curriculum and enter the independent practice of medicine.
    • Accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.

Application Process