Program Prerequisites

The following three (3) eligibility requirements must be met in order to apply to the program:

Degree Status GPA Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree (any major) from a regionally accredited college or university Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA at the time of application) Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA at the time of application)

The following six (6) prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “C” or higher at a regionally accredited two-year or four-year college or university (within the timeline specific to your degree status as defined below).  Online prerequisite courses from accredited institutions are also accepted. 

Prerequisites must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program in the year you are applying for admission. Please use this transcript summary worksheet to track your progress.

GRE and MCAT and not required for application to this program.

Name of Prerequisite Course Notes/Description
Physiology*

(human/vertebrate/organ)(3-4 credits)

A study of digestion, respiration, circulation, excretion, movement, and sensory perception as well as neural and hormonal control of these functions, emphasizing vertebrates.  This course must be taken at the science major level.

NOTE: A full course of Physiology must be taken. If it is a combined course, i.e. Anatomy/Physiology I, then both Anatomy/Physiology I and II must be completed.

Microbiology*

(3-4 credits)

A general, introductory study of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) that cause human disease course will fulfill this requirement.

This course must be taken must be taken at the science major level.

Biochemistry*

(3-4 credits)

Introductory/general biochemistry will fulfill this requirement.

The course addresses the chemical structure and function of the major biological macromolecules. Key topic areas are protein structure and function, enzyme mechanisms, thermodynamics, intermediary metabolism, and metabolic regulation.

This course must be taken must be taken at the science major level.

NOTE: a survey course in organic/ biochemistry will not satisfy this requirement.

Psychology (3-4 credits) A general, introduction, developmental/lifespan or abnormal psychology course will fulfill this requirement.
Statistics

(3-4 credits)

A general, introductory statistics, biostatistics or research methods course will fulfill this requirement.
Medical terminology

(1-3 credits)

This requirement can be fulfilled by taking a college credit course or by completing a course through an accredited school or health care agency (course work must have evaluation requirements for completion).

* Labs are strongly recommended but not required

Responsibility for approval of course work to satisfy prerequisite requirements lies solely with the Augsburg PA Program.


Depending on your degree status, there may be different timeline requirements for completing all prerequisite coursework:

Degree Completion Timeline for Prerequisite Completion
For applicants completing their first undergraduate degree in the spring term: You may complete prerequisite coursework in the summer, fall, and spring terms of the academic year you apply.

 

NOTE: all prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start date of the program.

For applicants who already have an undergraduate degree, or who will complete their first undergraduate degree in a term other than the spring: You may complete prerequisite coursework in the summer and fall terms of the academic year you apply.

The following four (4) recommendations are strongly encouraged, but not required.  Inclusion of these items will make your file more competitive in the applicant pool.

Recommendation Description
Direct Patient Care Experience We recommend 2,000 hours of paid, direct, hands-on clinical patient care.  Direct patient care includes roles in which you are responsible for things such as taking vital signs, administering medication, charting, drawing blood, tending to personal cares, dressing wounds, etc.

 

Some examples of competitive patient care experience include: nursing, scribe, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, patient care assistant, paramedic, EMT, military medic, respiratory therapist, athletic trainer, radiology technician, mental health worker, laboratory/medical technician, clinical researcher, medical interpreter, and community health worker/health educator.

Service to the Underserved We look for consistent service to disadvantaged and under-represented populations.  Your service can be a paid position or a volunteer position.

 

Some examples include: civic or religious mission trips either in the U.S. or abroad, service work with organizations such as the Red Cross or Big Brothers and Big Sisters, tutoring English as a second language, and working with the elderly or disabled.

 

NOTE: Service to underserved does not have to be medically related. However, if it is, it could also count toward direct patient care experience.

Motivation for the PA Profession We encourage you to learn more about the profession by formally shadowing a PA for a day. If you are unable to secure a true “shadowing” experience, meeting with a PA to learn more about his/her experience as a PA is also acceptable.  You will note this experience on your CASPA application.
Additional Upper-Level Course Work If time allows, additional course work such as genetics, immunology, cell or molecular biology, and anatomy will strengthen your application.