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Prerequisites

The Augsburg PA Program has several requirements to be considered for admission. There are additional recommendations that are encouraged so as to be a competitive applicant.  The following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (if you will graduate in the spring prior to
  • Your cumulative and science GPA must be 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible. These GPAs are calculated by CASPA and then set at the time of your application submission.  The Augsburg PA Program does not recalculate GPAs as additional course work is completed post-CASPA submission.
  • Completion of 6 prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher

BACHELOR’S DEGREE

By the start of the program, you need to have a bachelor’s degree. We do not have a preference for your undergraduate major.  In fact, we encourage all potential applicants to major in the area that interests them.  As one may expect, a high number of our applicants have science or health science related majors, but we have a good number of liberal arts majors as well.

Augsburg University PA Program does not require the GRE or MCAT.


PREREQUISITE COURSES

The prerequisites courses must be completed at a regionally accredited two-year or four-year college or university; online courses from accredited institutions are also accepted. At the time of application, these courses need to be completed within the past 10 years of the year you intend to start the program. For example, if you are applying for admission to begin in the spring of 2019, your prerequisites will not be accepted before 2009. All science prerequisites (physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry) must be taken at the science major level and although a lab component is strongly recommended, it is not required. Responsibility for approval of course work to satisfy prerequisite requirements lies solely with the Augsburg PA 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 (must be associated with college credit though).

* Labs are strongly recommended but not required

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


The Augsburg PA Program does NOT accept advanced placement (AP credit) in place of required prerequisite courses.  We also do not offer AP credit for any of the courses in the PA curriculum. All students admitted to the program must complete the entire curriculum.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

The Augsburg PA Program requires three (3) letters of recommendation submitted through the CASPA process. We strongly recommend that one be from an employer/colleague (a professional reference), one letter be from a professor or adviser (an academic reference), and the third from a person of your choice. Be sure that your letter writers are able to tell the committee about you as well as his/her experiences with you and observations about you.  You should not have a family member or personal acquaintance write any of your letters of recommendation.  Note that we strongly recommend that your letters be submitted to CASPA as confidential.


ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

The following are several suggestions that we strongly encourage, but are not required.  Inclusion of these items will make your file more competitive in the applicant pool.

COMMITMENT TO THE UNDERSERVED

In keeping with the Augsburg University’s mission to nurture future leaders in service to the world, the PA program looks for consistent service to disadvantaged and under-represented populations.  Applicants should have a strong record of commitment to the community through work with homeless shelters, disabled individuals, inner city youth organizations, church or civic group missions, minority populations, rural medicine programs, and other organizations with similar goals. Your service can be a paid or volunteer position.

DIRECT PATIENT CARE

We recommend 2,000 hours of paid, direct, hands-on clinical patient care.  Direct patient care includes roles in which you are responsible for  measuring vital signs, administering medication, charting, drawing blood, tending to personal cares, dressing wounds, etc. We value situations where you have been actively responsible for the care of an individual/patient.

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

MOTIVATION FOR 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.

UPPER-LEVEL COURSEWORK

If time allows, additional course work such as genetics, immunology, cell or molecular biology, and anatomy.