Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is conducted through applications submitted to the Centralized Application Service for PAs (CASPA) and is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, students must:

  1. have a minimum cumulative and prerequisite undergraduate grade point average of 3.0;
  2. complete the general test of the Graduate Record Examination by July 31;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation, one from a work supervisor and preferably one from a physician assistant;
  4. submit an essay expressing your motivation to become a PA;
  5. have a minimum of 500 hours (within last two years) of direct, "hands-on" patient care experience in a health-service environment by September 1 of application deadline;
  6. non-native English speakers must complete the TOEFL.

Please consult the WSU PAS program for a complete list of admission criteria.

Admission Interview: Admission to the program is competitive. All those admitted to the WSU PAS program have satisfied all requirements listed above and have successfully completed a personal interview. Interviews are offered to the most competitive candidates however not all candidates that meet the minimum requirements are offered an interview.

Program Deadlines: All prerequisite coursework must be completed by September 1 of the year prior to the start of the program. Applicants must submit two separate applications:

  1. one to the WSU Graduate School and
  2. one through the CASPA website.

General Information Meetings are held at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the College. Visit the program website for details.

Prerequisite Study

In addition, the following coursework must have been successfully completed with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in order to be considered for admission:

Anatomy1: one course
Human Physiology1: one course

Upper Level Physiology1: one course (must be human based & at 3000 level or above)
Microbiology1: with laboratory, one course
Nutrition: one course, general human/clinical nutrition
Chemistry1: two courses required (one course must be inorganic/general and second course must be organic chemistry or biochemistry)
Developmental psychology: one course
Basic statistics: one course
English composition: two courses
Medical terminology, one course

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is offered under a Plan C option, requiring successful completion of fifty-four credits in course work over two years or six semesters. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, respectively, and in accordance with the Physician Assistant Studies Program Student Policy and Information Manual. A grade of ‘C’ in any graduate course is unacceptable.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring/Summer SemesterCredits
PAS 7000 Anatomy for Physician Assistants I 2
PAS 7001 Anatomy for Physician Assistants II 1
PAS 7010 Clinical Medicine I 3
PAS 7040 Patient Evaluation I 2
PAS 7070 Health Care Issues I 1
PAS 7500 Pathophysiology I 1
Fall Semester
PAS 7020 Clinical Medicine II 3
PAS 7050 Patient Evaluation II 2
PAS 7080 Health Care Issues II 1
PAS 7100 Pharmacology I 2
PAS 7510 Pathophysiology II 1
Winter Semester
PAS 7030 Clinical Medicine III 4
PAS 7060 Patient Evaluation III 3
PAS 7090 Health Care Issues III 1
PAS 7110 Pharmacology II 2
PAS 7520 Pathophysiology III 1
Second Year
Spring/Summer Semester
PAS 8000 Internal Medicine Rotation: Practicum 4
PAS 8050 Surgery Rotation: Practicum 4
Fall Semester
PAS 8010 Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation: Practicum 2
PAS 8020 Emergency Medicine Rotation: Practicum 2
PAS 8030 Pediatrics Rotation: Practicum 2
PAS 8040 Psychiatry Rotation: Practicum 2
Winter Semester
PAS 8060 Family Medicine Rotation: Practicum 6
PAS 8070 Preceptorship 2
 Total Credits54

Note: The sequencing of clinical year two rotation is illustrative of a typical student schedule but may vary in individual cases.