Physician Assistant Program - Prospective Students
Students graduating from the Penn State College of Medicine PA program will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.
The Penn State PA Program, located on the Penn State College of Medicine Campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a 24-month, full-time graduate program with the inaugural 30-student class having enrolled May 2014 and graduating in May 2016.
This master's degree is a professional graduate degree which identifies the recipient as being trained in the practice of medicine as a physician assistant. This degree is not a preparation in the science of medicine but rather connotes preparation for professional practice as a physician assistant. This degree is awarded as a Penn State degree and is presented from the College of Medicine. Students who complete all graduation requirements will take part in the annual College of Medicine Graduation Ceremony held each May.
Penn State College of Medicine PA Program intends to be fully compliant with Fair Practices regarding reporting of first-time pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination for Physician Assistants (PANCE). We will report this data for the five most recent graduating classes. Since our program has not yet matriculated its first class (inaugural class began May 19, 2014 ), we do not yet have data to report. Please check back after May 2016 when our inaugural class will graduate!
The 2014-2015 CASPA cycle is open as of April 16, 2014.
2014-2015 CASPA Cycle: All Penn State Applications must be verified by CASPA by January 15, 2015, We strongly encourage you to submit & complete your CASPA application 4-6 weeks prior to our January 15 deadline to allow sufficient time for your CASPA application to be verified. What does CASPA-verified mean?
CASPA Application Fee Waivers: A limited number of CASPA fee waivers are available. Click here to learn more
Secondary Application: Penn State requires a secondary application, including a $50 application fee, in order to receive full consideration by the admissions committee. Only CASPA-verified applicants will receive the secondary application.
Deadline to postmark secondary application: January 30, 2015
Secondary Application Fee Waivers: Penn State PA Program follows the same federal low-income level guidelines as stated on CASPA's website. Request for a secondary fee waiver must be submitted with the secondary application.
Penn State PA Program GRE Code: 0900
Official GRE scores are sent directly to CASPA.
Applicants will need to complete an undergraduate bachelor's degree prior to matriculation into the Penn State PA Program. The emphasis on his/her major should be in the health sciences, however this is not mandatory for consideration into the program.
For admissions consideration, an applicant should ordinarily have the following admission requirements:
- at least an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
- at least a required science GPA of 3.0;
- health care experience of 500 hours (paid or volunteer);
- completion of pre-requisite courses, as listed:
- general biology
- anatomy and physiology – two semesters (or one semester each)
- general or principles of chemistry
- biochemistry or organic chemistry
- general psychology
- statistics or bio statistics
- two semesters of English composition (or two courses listed as writing intensive courses)
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) without minimum score requirement or MCAT (medical college aptitude test) with a combined score of 29 (if less than 29, the GRE is required)
- three letters of recommendation for the candidate
- personal statement describing the rationale for pursuing the physician assistant career
The most qualified applicant will be invited to campus for an in-person interview in order to ascertain who will be the best fit for this program, and for the applicants to find out more about this PA Program. The link to Penn State's supplemental/secondary application will be emailed to applicants after the CASPA application has been completed and verified.
Tuition & Fees Schedule for 2014-2015 - Resident or Non-Resident
Year 1 Fees
Year 2 Fees
Year 1 Total
Year 2 Total
The primary way for obtaining financial assistance as a graduate student at Penn State College of Medicine is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Penn State's Federal School Code: 003329
2013-2014 CASPA Applicant Pool
Total Penn State-Designated Applicants
Total Applicants Interviewed
5.6% interview rate
2% of total applicants
34% of interviewed
Entering Class of 2014 Profile
States Represented: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah
Gender Distribution: Female 57%; Male 43%
Veterans Enrolled: 10%
Under-Represented Minority: 6%
Entering Class of 2014: Average
|Total Healthcare Hours||4,835|
|Science Cumulative GPA||3.63|
|Overall Cumulative GPA||3.64|
Entering Class of 2014: Range
|Total Healthcare Hours||500||17,108|
|Science Cumulative GPA||3.15||4.0|
|Overall Cumulative GPA||3.11||4.0|
International Student Requirements:
In addition to all of the standard admission requirements listed on the 'Requirements' tab, all international applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with the exceptions noted below*.
|TOEFL exam type:||TOEFL Minimum Accepted Score:|
|Internet-based (iBT)||80; minimum of 19 on speaking section|
Request submission of your TOEFL test scores to The Pennsylvania State University, school code 2660.
|IELTS exam||Minimum Accepted Score:|
*International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have received a baccalaureate or a master's degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following:
- British Caribbean and British West Indies
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Republic of Ireland
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- United States