Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies Admission

Admission to the Marist College Physician Assistant Studies program will be competitive.  Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her individual merits.  Decisions will be based on academic record, references, personal statement, on-campus interview, healthcare experience, and non-cognitive traits.  Non-cognitive factors including diversity of life experience and success in overcoming diversity will be applied to identify promising applicants from these groups.  Only full-time students will be admitted.

All students who enter the Marist College Physician Assistant Studies program will be required to have a health screening and criminal background check completed prior to matriculation.  Acceptance into the program and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.

Degree Prerequisite

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement; therefore, a masters or doctorate level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.

Required Course Prerequisites

  • General Biology: 8 credits
  • Microbiology: 4 credits
  • General Chemistry: 8 credits
  • Biochemistry: 4 credits (*Second semester of Organic Chemistry may be substituted.)
  • Organic Chemistry: 4 credits
  • Anatomy & Physiology: 8 credits
  • Statistics: 3 credits

All of the above courses must be completed with grades of “C” or above. Please note that a “C-” will not be accepted. Substitutions for prerequisite courses “may” be considered but are not guaranteed. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of the fall semester in which application is made.

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference must be received in order for an application to be complete. Preference is given to applicants who have at least one reference from a health care professional.

Pre-Admission Clinical Experience

Clinical Experience that includes direct patient care is required. In order to be competitive, an applicant must have a minimum of six months, full-time healthcare employment or 500 hours of hands-on patient care experience. Examples include, but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, Medical Assistant, CNA, ER Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, Phlebotomist, etc.  Experiences such as "shadowing," laboratory testing with no patient contact, non-clinical research, student experience, life guard, or clerical work are not accepted as clinical hours.

Central Applications Service for Physicians Assistants (CASPA)
Students will apply to the program via a centralized application system operated by the Central Applications Service for Physicians Assistants


Contact Information

Marist College
Office of Graduate Admission
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601–1387

Phone: 888.877.7900
AIM: AskMaristGrad


Accreditation Status

Marist College has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Marist College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2016, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2015 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.