Graduate Application Information

Applicants who will have a completed bachelor's degree at the start of the Physician Assistant Program which includes current seniors.

We value the richness of educational experience that is gained from a diversity of educational backgrounds and work-related experience within a given admitted class. The application process is competitive, and most accepted graduate applicants have a degree in the basic or biomedical sciences. Applicants holding advanced degrees are also welcome to apply.

Requirements include:

  1. Minimum cumulative total GPA of 3.0 as calculated by CASPA
  2. GRE scores optional (Designated Institution code 5872)
  3. Completion of the following prerequisite coursework at time of application: *
    • 2 semesters of biological sciences (biology, anatomy, genetics, etc.)

    • 1-2 semesters (minimum of 4 credits total) of inorganic (General) chemistry with lab

    • 1 semester of microbiology (3 credits)

    • 1 semester of physiology (3 credits)

      *If both Anatomy and Physiology I and II are taken, the combination of both courses will fulfill this requirement
    • 1 semester of biochemistry

      *Students can apply with one science prerequisite in progress or planned; However, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31, prior to matriculation.

      For outstanding summer courses, please upload your transcripts to CASPA when complete, and also send a hard copy to:

      Marquette University
      Physician assistant Studies
      507 N 17th Street
      Milwaukee, WI 53233

  4.  Additional prerequisite coursework that may be in progress at time of application*:
      • 1 semester of social science (psychology recommended, AP credit accepted)
      • 1 semester of statistics (AP credit accepted)
      • 1 course in medical terminology

*It is highly recommended that the pre-requisite coursework is completed within the last 5 years and taken at a 4 year regionally accredited institution. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better. C- and CD and lower grades are not satisfactory grades. All pending prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31, and an official transcript submitted prior to matriculation.

  1. Minimum of 200 hours of patient contact.
    • The hours can be either volunteer or paid direct patient care. The minimum 200 hours must be completed at the time your application is submitted with a contact number of a supervisor or volunteer office for verification. Hours may include (but are not limited to): nursing assistant, EMT, volunteer patient care within a nursing home or hospital, radiology tech, phlebotomist. Healthcare shadowing hours do not count towards this requirement.
  2. 3 letters of recommendation are required (submitted via CASPA). Although there are no requirements as to the format or content of the three reference letters we require, we do have some suggestions as to who these references might come from.
    • Someone who knows you academically. This would ideally be someone whose course you have taken and can comment on your preparation for the rigors of an intense professional academic program.
    • Someone who knows your work ethic. This would ideally be from someone in the healthcare field with whom you have worked with, or worked for, and can comment on your work ethic, passion for healthcare, etc.
    • Someone who knows you personally. This would ideally be from someone in the community who can comment on your character, your goals, etc.
  3. CASPer situational judgement test
    • All applicants applying to the Physician Assistant Studies program, at Marquette University are required to complete an online suite of assessments (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle.

      Altus Suite consists of a two-part online assessment of non-cognitive skills, interpersonal characteristics, and personal values and priorities that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

      Altus Suite consists of:

      • Casper: a 60-90 minute online situational judgment test (SJT)
      • Snapshot: a 10-minute one-way interview with standardized questions

      You will register for Altus Suite for the US Professional Health Sciences test (CSP-10101).

      Access to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments.

  4. An interview will be offered to select applicants.

Requirements for International Students

  • A transcript evaluation is required for applicants who attended university outside the United States.  Below are acceptable foreign transcript evaluation services:

Graduates of an international college or university are required to successfully complete at least nine semester hours of social-behavioral science courses, such as psychology or sociology, and twelve semester hours of upper division science courses at a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university.  Online coursework is not acceptable.  International medical graduates must also acquire at least 200 patient care hours in the U.S. by the time of application. 

Applicants whose native language is something other than English will also be required to take the TOEFL Internet-based test.