Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to The College of St. Scholastica Physician Assistant Program sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.  

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Admissions Information

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1. Preparation

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.0.
  3. All prerequisites must have a minimum grade of “C.”
  4. 750 hours of paid direct patient/client work experience (HCE) is strongly encouraged. A successful applicant will typically have greater than 750 HCE hours. An applicant may still apply while actively completing HCE hours and will have the opportunity to describe plans for completion on the CASPA application. Typical experiences may include CNA, personal care attendant through an agency, EMT, paramedic, scribe, or other healthcare professional. The key part of this requirement is that the experience must involve direct, face-to-face service with the patient/client.
  5. Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a PA.
  6. All students must also review the technical standards (pdf) required for program entry.
  7. Applicants are required to complete the GRE within five years of application. Request official scores to be sent to CASPA code 0552. MCAT scores are not accepted.

    Preferred minimum scores:

  • Analytical writing: 4.0
  • Quantitative: 500 (GRE) or 144 (GRE Revised)
  • Verbal: 400 (GRE) or 146 (GRE Revised)

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with GPA of 3.0 or above; individual course grades must be a C or better:

  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Statistics

Note: All prerequisites must have been completed within 10 years* from the year of application. All must be completed before entry into the program. Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the physician assistant program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning. Advanced placement courses taken in high school will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for application to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

Applicants must report every college course attempted in the Coursework section of the CASPA application, including those courses later repeated for a higher grade. CASPA GPAs include ALL courses completed with grades/credits, even if they were later repeated for a higher grade. 

Due to the high volume of interest in the Physician Assistant program at The College of St. Scholastica, the Office of Graduate Admissions does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. If you have specific questions about a particular course, please reference the prerequisite equivalency tables to determine if the course meets the stated requirement. 

Labs are preferred in science related courses, when applicable.

*Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. These requests must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by July 30th to allow ample time for review prior to the September 1st application deadline. The Department Chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies and grant waivers for time limitations without full PA Admission Committee involvement.  Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will not be considered. The Department Chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions Counselor of waiver decisions in writing.

  • The admissions committee will consider cumulative and pre-requisite GPA, GRE writing score, healthcare experience, volunteer experience and commitment to service of the underserved in the admissions process.
  • The program is committed to its mission to provide primary care medicine to the underserved areas of this region. For that reason, the program considers regional factors such as hometown, undergraduate institution, connections to the region, and student career goals that fit with the program's mission in the admissions process. Admissions preference is given to applicants with a CSS undergraduate degree and those from underrepresented and underserved populations.
  • The College of St. Scholastica has a long-standing history of supporting veterans in reaching their career goals. The Physician Assistant program at CSS is committed to our nation's veterans. We offer admissions preference to all veteran applicants. While this does not guarantee admission, it is an acknowledgment of the College's dedication to veterans and their needs.

    Helping Veterans Become Physician Assistants
    Veteran Admissions Information
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2. Application

Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to CASPA. Instructions are indicated on the CASPA application.

  1. Submit a CASPA application. Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the admissions committee.

  2. In the CASPA application, enter contact information for three people to submit recommendation information/letters on your behalf.

  3. After the application deadline, completed and verified applications from CASPA will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Students with international transcripts or non-citizen status will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

Our financial aid includes options for financing, refund policies and commonly used forms. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

The U.S. Government and the State of Minnesota strongly support PA education with loans and loan repayment opportunities:

Student Employment

The Physician Assistant program is an extremely intense and rigorous program. The program expects that the student's position in the program is their primary responsibility and that any outside activity must not interfere with abilities to accomplish the program expectations. Employment is strongly discouraged during the program. Program expectations, assignments, deadlines and responsibilities will not be altered or adjusted to accommodate working students and it is expected that student employment will not interfere with the student learning experience.

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3. Post-Completion

  • Submit $500 nonrefundable deposit and Decision Response Form. Upon matriculation, this deposit is applied to the student’s tuition.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the COR student portal/My Health/Forms.
  • Meet specific health requirements of the PA Program prior to Matriculation:
    • Annual Mantoux test, chest x-ray or equivalent
    • Immunization Requirements as described in the Immunizations Policy
  • Pass mandated criminal background checks prior to first day of classes. Background checks will be completed during Orientation.
  • Submit a copy of current BLS certification (to be current and on file at all times)

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted through CASPA from April to Sept. 1.

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