Preparing for a Physician Assistant (MS) Programs

Most Albany students apply to entry-level master’s programs for the physician assistant profession.
The following list should serve as a general guideline only since program requirements vary:

Common Course Requirements
General Biology w/labs                                                           2 semesters
General Chemistry w/labs                                                      2 semesters
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry                                      1 semester
Anatomy and Physiology I & II w/labs                                    2 semesters
General Psychology                                                              1 semester
Statistics                                                                               1 semester
Intro to Sociology                                                                   1 semester
Microbiology w/lab                                                                 1 semester
English Composition                                                             1 semester

Additional Requirements depending on the program:

College Algebra
Cell Biology
Other Social/Behavioral sciences

Common Admissions Requirements:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
2-3 Letters of Recommendation
Patient care experience is a major part of the application to PA programs.  Programs require 1,000 – 3,000+ hours of direct patient care experience (hands-on, contact experience with patients in a medical care setting) PRIOR to applying.
Minimum GPA of 3.00

How to Apply:
CASPA is the central application service
Deadlines for regular admission vary between November 1st and March 1st            
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