University of Holy Cross

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

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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)
  • (Preferred) 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.


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