Admissions Requirements

Note: Information on this page is valid as of May 22, 2018

Characteristics of the USF MCOM PA Program

Class of 2020

  • Average GPA: Overall GPA: 3.68 Science GPA: 3.64
  • Average GRE (percentile): Verbal: 67  Quantitative: 59
  • Average Patient Care Hours: 2,044

Degree, GPA and GRE

  • Baccalaureate Degree must be from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University. (Baccalaureate degrees must be completed by the Fall semester prior to matriculation.)
  • Baccalaureate Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution). Prerequisite coursework must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited College or University.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 and Science GPA of 3.0.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for your application to be considered – official scores are required and must be from tests taken within the past five years.
  • GRE scores must be sent directly to CASPA. The Univ South Florida PA Prgm CASPA GRE code 8854. (DO NOT use the USF institution code of 5828.)
  • GRE scores are due in your application no later than our program’s application deadline date. Check our Application Timeline page for this date.
  • Transfer credit or Admission with Advanced Standing from another PA program is not accepted. All curriculum requirements for the program are required for graduation and must be completed at the USF MCOM PA program.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • CLEP (College Level Examination Program), AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate), and AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) course credit may not be used or substituted to meet prerequisite requirements. Dual enrollment course credits from an accredited college or university are acceptable for prerequisites.
  • Prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the fall semester preceding matriculation.
  • Courses designed for non-science majors will not be accepted.
  • All prerequisites are required for an applicant to be considered for acceptance into the PA program.
  • Veterans are encouraged to apply, and as all other applicants, must meet all the prerequisites for admissions. Veterans with questions regarding prerequisite course work should contact the PA program. Please provide a copy the Joint Services Transcript with course descriptions to determine if the course in question satisfies the prescribed prerequisite.
  • The courses listed below are required for acceptance into the PA program.
    • Biology - 2 Semesters (or semester hour equivalent)
           Must Include:
        • One Microbiology course
        • One laboratory

    • Chemistry - 2 Semesters (or semester hour equivalent)
           Must Include:
        • Organic Chemistry I
        • Either Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry II
        • One laboratory

    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory - 2 Semesters (or semester hour equivalent)

    • Statistics - 1 Semester (or semester hour equivalent)

    • MedicalTerminology- 1 course

Experience in Healthcare Setting

  • A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience in a health care setting must be completed prior to application.
  • Hands-on patient care experiences may come from a variety of places. The extent to which an applicant is actually involved in patient care will be weighed based on the description of the applicant’s duties during those hours. The title of a position is not as important as the duties the applicant performed in terms of patient contact and interaction with patients and other healthcare providers (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.).
  • Examples of direct patient care experiences may include but are not limited to: EMT, paramedic, medical assistant, scribe, patient care tech, nurse, surgical tech, athletic trainer, physical therapy aide, etc.
  • Applicants will submit verifiable information regarding their health care experiences on CASPA.
  • Shadowing experiences are not accepted as direct patient care but are valuable for the applicant to gain a better understanding of the PA profession.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Letters should be from Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Research Mentors, Professors, Volunteer Coordinators/Supervisors who had direct interaction with the applicant and can attest to his/her qualities, strengthens and suitability for a career as a Physician Assistant.
  • At least one letter of recommendation must be from an individual who supervised the applicant in a clinical setting.
  • Letters should not be from a peer or family member.


  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
    • Permanent resident alien must possess a valid Green Card at the time of application. Documentation will be required.
  • In-State or Out-of-State for tuition purposes
    • To qualify for in state tuition, proof of residency for the 12 months preceding matriculation is required.
    • For more information, please visit the USF General Classifications Procedures page.