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Prerequisites

GRE No Longer Required

UTHSC PA Program no longer requires applicants to submit or take the GRE for application to the PA program.

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

Special Announcement

We are aware that almost all colleges and universities have had to augment their normal grading policies and courses. As part of our holistic admission process, for students who did not receive letter grades in 2020 and 2021, we will accept pre-requisites as pass/fail courses. We will also accept online labs to meet our requirements.

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
  • We will accept online labs for the foreseeable future
  • Must have at least completed an anatomy lab as part of the total 8 hours. A combination anatomy/physiology lab will meet this requirement
Biology Sciences 3
  • At least one course of an upper level biology. Typically these will be designated with a course number between 300 - 3000. Applicants who take above the requirement will receive additional consideration on their application.
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
  • 3 hours of statistics

*Recommended Courses: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics

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.

UTHSC PA Program will accept AP credits if accepted by the applicants university or college.

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

Last Published: Apr 19, 2021