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Admission to the proposed Physician Assistant 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.  Only full-time students will be admitted.  For a full list of all admission requirements to Marist’s PA program, please visit our Admissions webpage.

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) CASPA

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

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, life guard, or clerical work are not accepted as clinical hours.

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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.