Students seeking admission to the PA Program must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. All applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and meet the published admission criteria.
  2. Minimum cumulative science and overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses as listed below from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of a C or better
    • Life experience credits do not count toward fulfillment of any prerequisite courses
    • Courses in which "credit" or grades of "pass" are earned will be counted only when applicants can provide verification that the earned grades were equivalent to grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
  4. Completion of prerequisite courses prior to matriculation.
  5. Applicants must determine which prerequisites are missing and which courses must be taken to fulfill any outstanding prerequisites.
  6. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university before matriculation.
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by paid direct patient care hours, volunteer work, shadowing, or other life experiences.
  8. Demonstration of service and leadership through community service or extracurricular activities.
  9. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  10. Satisfactory Midwestern University criminal background check.
  11. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  12. Successful completion of all required immunizations prior to matriculation.
  13. The applicant must meet the technical standards prior to matriculation.

Prerequisite Courses



*,**Biology with lab (must include at  least 4 hours of Anatomy)

8 Sem/12 Qtr hours

*,**General Chemistry with lab

8 Sem/12 Qtr hours

*,**Organic Chemistry with lab

4 Sem/6 Qtr hours

Math (college algebra or above)

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

English Composition

6 Sem/9 Qtr hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.)

6 Sem/ 9 Qtr hours


3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

Biochemistry (not required, but strongly recommended)

4 Sem/6 Qtr hours

* All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science prerequisites. No online labs will be accepted.

**Courses with an online laboratory component will not meet any science prerequisite, with the exception below:

  • Many universities and colleges across the country modified curriculum to offer online coursework secondary to the Coronavirus Disease-2019 pandemic.  The PA Program policy states that courses with an online laboratory component will not meet any biology or chemistry prerequisite.  This policy has been amended to accept prerequisite coursework with a laboratory component completed during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, which was only offered online.
  • In these circumstances, MWU may request appropriate documentation to verify that the institution was not offering in-person laboratory components for prerequisite courses the applicant completed during the above period