Marquette Undergraduate Application Information

Prerequisites for Marquette University Undergraduates

Undergraduate students must complete the first two years of the pre-physician assistant curriculum prior to beginning the PA program. (see Undergraduate Bulletin Pre-Physician Assistant Studies section for curriculum). Students may apply as early as the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Admitted students will complete their undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences within the first two years of the physician assistant program. A Master of Physician Assistant Studies will be awarded upon graduation from the PA program.

Criteria to be considered an Internal PA Candidate (Effective for Fall 2017 Application Cycle):

Candidates must be on track for a Biomedical Sciences degree following the published pre-PA curriculum. Undergraduate applicants who transfer from another institution must have a minimum of 30 total credit hours (2 semesters), including at least 12 credits of science prerequisites for the PA program completed at Marquette and applied toward the undergraduate biomedical science major prior to submission of the PA application. All internal applicants must be current with their biomedical science undergraduate degree, as outlined by their undergraduate biomedical sciences advisor.

Requirements also include:

  1. Minimum cumulative total GPA of 3.0. (calculated by CASPA)
  2. For sophomore applicants, a minimum of three semesters of coursework at Marquette University will be calculated in your admission application. This means the fall semester grades after application submission will be calculated into your GPA and Science GPA.
  3. ACT / SAT Scores -If applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree at the time of starting the PA curriculum, they are required to take the GRE before September 1st of the year they are applying (Designated Institution code 5872).
  4. Minimum of 200 hours of patient contact and other health care experience
      • 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. (Note: healthcare shadowing does not count towards this requirement)
  5. Three 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.
  6. An interview will be offered to select applicants.

Meeting the admission requirements and completing the academic prerequisites does not guarantee admission to the Physician Assistant Program. Marquette's PA program accepts students from a large pool of highly qualified, diverse applicants and is a competitive process.

Undergraduate transfer students interested in applying must contact the Assistant Dean at the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Office for course approvals and advising.