*The application cycle for Spring 2021 is now closed. The application cycle for Spring 2022 will open on November 1, 2020.*
All applicants seeking admission to the Physician Assistant (PA) Program must submit all required application materials, including the CASPA and supplemental application, and meet the following requirements prior to enrollment in the program:
- Completion of an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States. (The only exception to the degree requirement is for Mercer University students who are declared a part of the Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP). If you are a current high school student interested in eligibility requirements for the Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP), click here for more information.)
- Required overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher.
- Preferred undergraduate Natural Science GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) of 2.9 or higher.
- Completion of all prerequisites prior to matriculation. Applicants with more than four (4) outstanding prerequisites cannot be considered for admission. The CASPA application must include a plan for completing the remaining prerequisites prior to enrollment. The prerequisites for Mercer's PA Program are:
- two course General Chemistry series with labs,
- one course of Organic Chemistry (lab optional),
- one course of Biochemistry (lab optional),
- two course General Biology series with labs,
- two course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab,
- one course of Microbiology with lab
- two course English Composition or intensive Writing course series,
- a Statistics or Biostatistics course, and
- a General or Introductory Psychology course
- Notes about prerequisites:
- Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to anticipated enrollment in the PA Program.
- Survey courses will not fulfill prerequisites.
- Lab courses must be completed in an on campus lab (not online).
- Only grades of C or better are acceptable towards prerequisites.
- Students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level and complete the examination by the Educational Testing Service are awarded credit based on the score and course equivalent(s); only scores 3 and above are accepted. No credit may be awarded for scores of 1 or 2.
- The program does not award advanced placement/transfer credit for previous health care related curricula.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum combined (Verbal and Quantitative) score of 300, and minimum Analytical Writing score of 3.5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline to ensure their official scores are available to complete their files.
- Required Patient Care Experience Hours: Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct, hands on patient care experience. Please review our patient care experience information for prospective students. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have started completing hours and a plan for completing more than the minimum hours prior to submitting their application to ensure they meet and exceed this requirement.
- Qualified applicants with complete files and who meet or exceed the admissions criteria listed above may be invited to campus for a personal interview.
- Applicants must also meet the PA Program's Technical Standards in order to be considered for admission into the program.
Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Physician Assistant Program.
*A note for prospective PA students: Exceptions to our application requirements given the current situation with COVID-19 are listed below:
- We will accept science courses/labs that have had to go online for the remainder of the semester (Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses).
- Students given an option of pass/fail at their institution are strongly encouraged to decline that option for all prerequisite courses and maintain a letter grade; however, due to the uniqueness of the current circumstances, pass/fail courses taken during Spring 2020 will be accepted.