Admission Requirements

Admission to the 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. 

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) 

Students will apply to the program via a centralized application system operated by the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications will be accepted through CASPA beginning in April and will close on January 15, 2017 for the second cohort starting in May 2017. 

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, including applicable labs

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

The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science courses. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of "C" or above. Please note that a "C-" will not be accepted. All prerequisite courses must be complete before application in CASPA is submitted for verification.

Submission of:

  • Official score report of MCAT or GRE
  • TOEFL score (if high school graduate of non-English speaking country)

Letters of Reference

Three letters of reference must be received in order for an application to be complete. At least one reference should be from a health care professional associated with the applicant's direct patient care experience.

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 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.

Prior to matriculation, the following submissions are required:

  • Official transcripts
  • Background check
  • Health packet
  • BLS certification
  • Health insurance


Note:  meeting the pre-requisite courses and the minimum number of clinical hours does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program.



Accreditation Status

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.