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Program Application Requirements

To apply to our physician assistant (PA) program, you must submit an application online through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). When applying through CASPA, simply select Monmouth University from the list of schools, and your completed application will then be sent to our admission office. Any applications sent directly to Monmouth University will not be considered.

Applications will be available through CASPA beginning July 1. All materials must be verified by CASPA by January 15. The verification process typically takes four weeks; we recommend that all required documents be submitted to CASPA by early December.

Applicants must also submit a Monmouth University Supplemental Application which includes technical standards acknowledgement. Please submit all additional supporting materials (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, autobiographical statement) through the CASPA system. Your GRE scores can be submitted directly to us through CASPA. Use the Designated Institution Code 3880 and your scores will be included with your application.

For more information on admission, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section.

A candidate for admission to Monmouth’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant program will be required to:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
  • Successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better: Human Anatomy*, Human Physiology*, Chemistry I and II, Biology I, Microbiology, General Psychology, Medical Terminology, and any one of the following – Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics. Note: all science courses must have laboratory component.
  • Have a minimum of 200 hours of shadowing/clinical experience preferably with a PA with direct patient contact or volunteer hours exceeding the minimum of 200 hours.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken in the past five years, is required for all applicants except currently matriculated Monmouth University students. There is no specific score needed for consideration; however, competitive applicants have scores above the 50th percentile in each of the test areas.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation (through CASPA).
  • Have a personal interview with the Admissions Committee during which you are required to indicate that you have researched the profession and you can articulate why you want to be a PA.
  • Possess essential skills, abilities, and aptitudes, known as Technical Standards, necessary to complete the program’s curriculum successfully in the categories listed below. Applicants who can meet these requirements with reasonable accommodations are encouraged to speak to the Department of Disability Services for Students prior to submitting their application. The essential skills required include: Observation, Communication, Sensory and Motor, Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities, and Behavioral and Social Attributes.
  • Complete a background check prior to matriculation
  • Complete and submit the Technical Standards Acknowledgement Form along with the $50 application fee to Monmouth University.

Anatomy and Physiology requirement can be fulfilled by combined Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses.

Preference will be given to students enrolled in Monmouth’s biology and health studies programs who meet the admission criteria.

Students educated overseas must have their credits evaluated by a reputable transcript evaluation service. Students whose native language is not English must provide an english proficiency score meeting the University’s requirements.

Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee an interview with the Admissions Committee nor guarantee admission to the program.

Applications are reviewed on space-available basis and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible, as space in our program is limited. The program does not grant advanced standing for prior course work or experiential learning.

For additional program information, visit our FAQ page.