University of Holy Cross

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies


Admissions to the Physician Assistant Program will be competitive. Each applicant will be evaluated on their individual merits. Decisions will be based on academic record, references, personal statement, on-campus interview, healthcare experience, and non-cognitive traits. The MSPAS program will admit students only once a year. For 2019-2020 admittance,  the application process will open October 10th, 2018 and will close March 1st, 2019. Applicants must submit the following prior the application deadline of the semester for which they are applying.

Program Admissions Policies (PDF)

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • All coursework must be completed prior to August 1, 2019.
  • Applicants must have maintained an overall undergraduate minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must have maintained a prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  • Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the past ten (10) years at a two-year or four-year accredited institution.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.

The applicant must complete the following minimum prerequisite classes:

Required Coursework Minimum Hours
Upper Level Biology 8
Chemistry I & II with Lab 8
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab 8
Microbiology with Lab 4
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry with Lab 4
Psychology 3
Genetics 3
Statistics 3
College Algebra 3
Medical Terminology 1

* With the exception of Medical Terminology, summary, survey, and certain online courses are not acceptable.*

Required Certifications

  • (BLS) Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Professional (Live course not online)
  • A certified Emergency Care course at the First Responder level – ( eg: ARC – DOT/Emergency Response, EMT,NAEMT Emergency Care Responder, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) ,Ski Patrol, CERT, EMS-First Responder or military equivalent)
  • FEMA – (ICS 100, NIMS 700) available online

Recommendation Letters

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for the application to be considered complete.

  • Letters that the applicant has waived the right to review the letter will be more favorably considered.
  • Two letters must be from a healthcare setting and one of these must include a medical provider (PA, MD, DO, or NP).
  • Letters cannot be from a family member or friend.
  • We recommend that you choose references that have known you in a professional setting for at least six months.

Application Process

The UHC Physician Assistant Program will participate in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the 2020-2021 cycle.

Please follow instructions below for the 2019-2020 cycle:

Step 1: Application to University of Holy Cross - All applicants must apply to the PA Program online. The UHC PA Program Online Application makes it quick and easy to apply.

  • Important for New/Current Student: University of Holy Cross’s online application makes it quick and easy to apply, with $150 non-refundable application fee.
  • After you complete the online application at:
  • Submit your undergraduate and graduate university transcript online via the application process or to the University of Holy Cross
    Attention: Physician Assistant Program
    4123 Woodland Drive,
    New Orleans, LA, 70131

Step 2: Online Video Interview - Once an application is completed and verified, it is reviewed by the PA Program Admissions Committee to select applicants for an online video interview. Applicants will be notified by email. This is the ideal chance for potential students to not only impress upon the faculty their strong interest in becoming a physician assistant, but also why they are a good fit for the UHC PA Program.

Step 3: Attend an On-Site Interview - The UHC Physician Assistant Program uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as part of the selection process. Successful candidates will be invited to UHC for an interview and campus tour. Students should thoroughly prepare for this interview. 

Interview Process: Program faculty, Program Admissions Committee, and invited community physicians and physician assistants will interview applicants. Once the interviews are complete, interviewers will take into consideration information obtained during the interview process and the applicant’s complete application. The PA Program Admission Committee will then meet to determine whether the candidate is offered a seat, placed on the wait list, or denied acceptance. All candidates will be notified of their status within one month following the PA Program Admission Committee’s decision.

Step 4: The MSPAS program will then review all materials and recommend one of the following:

  • Acceptance (for those who have completed all prerequisites and are highly recommended for admission)
  • Wait list (applicants who meet the minimum requirement and may be offered acceptance if the best qualified candidates do not fill all available seats)
  • Non-admission (applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements or who are not competitive within the applicant pool

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