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Prerequisites

The Augsburg PA Program has several requirements to be considered for admission. There are additional recommendations that are encouraged by faculty to be a well-prepared PA student.

The following eligibility requirements must be met:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Your cumulative and science GPA must be 3.0 or higher in order to be eligible. GPAs are calculated by CASPA and 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 had matriculants with 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 intend to start the program in spring 2020, then your prerequisites will need to be completed by 2010 or after. All science prerequisites (physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry) must be taken at the science major level. Courses completed on a quarter system are converted to semester hours (1.0 quarter hour is equivalent to 0.667 semester hours). Refer to CASPA for credit conversion. Responsibility for approval of course work to satisfy prerequisite requirements lies solely with the Augsburg PA Program. Download the transcript summary worksheet to track your prerequisites.

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 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 at the science major level.

NOTE: a survey or combined 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.

** The Augsburg PA Program does NOT accept advanced placement (AP credit) in place of required prerequisite courses. We also do not accept AP credit or transfer courses for any of the curricular components required in the program.


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 for admission.

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 underrepresented populations. Applicants should have a strong record of commitment to the community, some examples include work with homeless, disabled, youth, elderly and diverse individuals. Other examples include religious or civic group missions, rural medicine programs, and other organizations with similar goals. Your service work can be paid or volunteer.

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

While not required, 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 their experience as a PA is also beneficial.

UPPER-LEVEL COURSEWORK

Any additional course work such as anatomy, biomedical ethics, cell biology, immunology, genetics, health policy, sociology, and research methods will help better prepare applicants for the rigorous course load experienced during the program.