|Georgia Health Sciences University|
Application Fee: Please check the Office of Admissions website: http://www.mcg.edu/Admissions/
A bachelor’s degree is not required to be accepted into the program. Students must complete a total of 90 semester hours of prerequisites. Official transcripts are required from all colleges ever attended. Transcripts should be mailed to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Registrar’s office of the institution. Applicants may also deliver or mail official transcripts to GHSU’s OAA if the transcript remains in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office at the institution.
Transcript/credential evaluation of foreign transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credential evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
Three Letters of recommendation with Graduate Reference Form: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Three references that focus on the applicant’s generic abilities for clinical work rather than just their academic ability - one of which is recommended to be from a physician assistant that indicates PA contact. Having at least one reference from a physician assistant from each of the clinical settings observed by the applicant is highly recommended.
Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.
GRE requirement: Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Program Specific Requirements
GPA: We require a minimum of 3.0 overall and 2.8 in your math/science courses
GRE: A minimum combined GRE score of 900 is needed for full admission. The results of all three components (Analytical Writing, Verbal, and Quantitative sections) of the general GRE must be provided
Volunteer work experience: We prefer that applicants have direct patient contact in various patient care settings (e.g., rehabilitation, acute care, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, etc.)
CPR: Certification in BCLS Healthcare Provider course (Course C) through the American Heart Association
Program Supplemental Information
TOEFL exam scores: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL and TSE-P scores. Minimum scores of 600 on the TOEFL and 50 on the TSE-P are required for admissions consideration. The TSE-A exam scores will not be accepted. Applicants must take both the TOEFL and TSE-P by October 15 to be considered for admission the following year.
In addition to demonstrating personal characteristics appropriate for a health professions career, students must satisfy general and specific technical standards for this program. Please visit www.georgiahealth.edu/sah/pa/standards.html to review these requirements.
Financial aid and other assistance is available. GHSU participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. GHSU helps students fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment.
Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
When to Apply
The application deadline is October 15. Early application is encouraged. Preference is given to Georgia residents.
All application materials (e.g., three personal references, GRE scores, official school transcripts, etc.) must be received by October 15.
Applicants must attend another accredited college or university of their choice to complete the required prerequisites (see Courses to Take the First Three Years section).
Although the GPA of most applicants will likely be higher, to be eligible for consideration you must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall and a 2.8 math/science GPA. Admission is competitive, and space is limited.
How to Apply
Apply online at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions, or contact:
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building–Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Masters of Physician Assistant Degree Prerequisites Requirements
Students must complete a total of 90 semester hours of prerequisites.
|Required Courses||Suggested Courses to Complete 90 Hours|
|General Core Courses:||Sciences: Physics|
||Humanities Courses: Literature, Philosophy, Fine and Applied Arts, Foreign Language, Speech, Oral Communications, Logic|
Social Science Courses: Additional Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Anthropology; Group Process; Social Problems; Cultural Diversity; Sociology; Counseling; American History
Professional Skills: Health and Wellness, Economics, Ethics, Critical Writing and Critical thinking, Medical Terminology; Speech or Communications
Basic Computer Course: Computer proficiency in word processing, search engines and presentation software
|Additional Required Courses:|
|Recommended Guided Electives for the Major (15 semester hours)|
|Guided electives in any basic science which may include: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Organic Chemistry II, Histology, Biochemistry, Evolution, Human Growth and Development, Abnormal Psychology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Embryology or Physics.|
Estimated Tuition and Fees
For estimated tution and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.