We're excited that you're interested in the M.S. in Physician Assistant program at Bethel. If you have questions about any requirements, contact our admissions team.

Required Prerequisites

Applicants must have successfully completed the following prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of B- or higher. 

Course Minimum Semester Credit Hours
Bethel Equivalent (courses don't need to be taken at Bethel)
Human Anatomy


(within last 5 years*)

BIO201 or BIO204
Human Physiology


(within last 5 years*)

BIO202 or BIO205

Organic Chemistry


CHE221 or equivalent

Biochemistry 3 CHE300 or CHE386


(within last 5 years*)

BIO206 or BIO207
Physics 3
PHY200D or equivalent
PSY100, PSY203, PSY300, or HUSE305
Statistics 3
MAT207M, PSY230M, HPE250M, or PSYC335M

Five of the 8 required prerequisites must be completed at time of application. Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed with transcripts received at Bethel by March 1 in the year of matriculation. 

Score of 4 or 5 on a high school advanced placement exam will be considered for a waiver of the non-science prerequisites only (psychology and statistics). All other required prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.

*Waiver of the 5-year rule may be granted for these 3 courses for candidates with documented academic excellence and appropriate clinical experience. Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken 10 years ago or more will not count toward these prerequisites.

Recommended Prerequisites

Course Semester Credit Hours
Bethel Equivalent (courses don't need to be taken at Bethel)
Ethics 3
PHI110N or GES420P
Pathophysiology 3
BIO221 or equivalent
Genetics 3
Pharmacology 3
BIO221 or equivalent

Students must complete all required prerequisite courses by March 1 in the year of matriculation, earning a minimum grade of B- in each course. 

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for the PA program must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. higher education institution*
  • 250 hours of documented healthcare-related experience prior to matriculation
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher overall GPA, and science GPA from previous higher education coursework, as calculated at the time of application. Exceptions to the GPA requirements cannot be made.
  • International Student Requirements

Program Start Date

The M.S. in Physician Assistant program begins yearly in June.

Application Deadline

Applications for the June 2016 start must be submitted by August 1, 2015.

All application materials must be submitted to CASPA, and supplemental materials to Bethel admissions on or before August 1, 2015.