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PA-CAT Required

There is no minimum score required.

Bachelor's Degree Required

This is a graduate, master’s degree program. All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. All applicants must have graduated by August 31 of the year prior to the program’s matriculation.

GPA – 3.0 (cumulative, 3.0 Science GPA)

cohort 2020


Basic Science Requirements

Required Course Semester Hours Information
Anatomy and Physiology/Lab is required 8
  • May be comparative anatomy or human anatomy
  • May be one course of anatomy and one course of physiology
Biology Sciences/Lab is required 8
  • Any biology with lab accepted
  • May be general biology *(plant biology excluded)
Advanced Biology course 3
  • Lab not required
  • Biology 1 and Biology 2 WILL NOT count towards this requirement. Typical courses include Genetics, Epidemiology, BioChem, etc.
Microbiology 3
  • Lab not required
Chemistry 8
  • Any chemistry with lab for science majors
The Admission Committee does recommend though DOES NOT require an applicant take Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
Medical Terminology 1
  • Must be an accredited traditional or online course
  • Certificate of completion is not acceptable
  • Must receive college credit hour(s) upon completion of the course
General Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology 3  
Math 3
  • Statistics (prefer bio-statistics)

All pre-requisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better. If a course has been repeated, the grades will be averaged for the final grade.

UTHSC PA Program requires that any anatomy and/or Physiology courses, Microbiology courses, and Medical Terminology must be taken within the last 5 calendar years.

Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that some applicants will not be able to obtain direct care experience or shadowing hours. We are waiving our minimum requirement for shadowing or direct care experience. We will give preference to those applicants that have a history of direct care experience. 

Advanced Standing Policy

We do not award advanced standing, or transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning.

Additional Information/Health Requirements

Upon acceptance: Additional applicant/admission criteria are guided by the UTHSC system and include: supplemental application and fee, immunizations, criminal background check, health screen, technical standards and AHA BLS certification. For more information see this University-Level Requirements page.

International Student Requirements

The following requirements must be met in addition to other prerequisite criteria:

  • Transcripts to be audited by WES or other equivalent organization to show equivalent of a BS degree
  • All pre-requisite courses must be taken in the United States at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • If English is a second language, minimum TOEFL IBT (Internet based testing) scores of at least 87 with the minimum section requirements of: Reading: 21, Speaking: 26, Listening: 20, and Writing: 20
  • Advanced standing credit is not awarded
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident
Jan 24, 2023