Most students take the traditional Pre-PA program. Students complete their undergraduate courses, apply for PA master’s program and apply for selection. To be successful in this program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.
Dual Acceptance Track
Upon completion of your undergraduate program, you will proceed directly into the master’s degree curriculum of the Physician Assistant Studies program without having to complete an additional USF application. Program Director Dr. Mike Bechill is dedicated to Pre-PA advising and he is well connected to the PA school so he can provide special insight to students as they prepare for graduate school.
Prospective students who want to pursue the Dual-Accept Pre-PA track must:
- Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
- Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher or earn a SAT recentered score of 1280 or higher
- Submit a one- to two-page paper about your experience shadowing a physician assistant for a total of 10 hours
- Submit a one- to two-page paper about your medical interest in voluntary work, organization activity or training
- Submit one reference from a certified physician assistant (PA-C)
- Submit one reference from a physician
- Complete an interview with and be approved by the Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee
- Apply and be accepted to both USF and the Physician Assistant Studies program
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