Bachelor’s Degree Requirement

The Physician Assistant Studies Program is a post-baccalaureate health professions program. Applicants must provide evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university that is regionally accredited prior to enrollment.


Official transcripts must show that all prerequisite coursework meets the required attributes. The program will honor credits completed at community colleges and online through regionally accredited institutions. No online labs are accepted for prerequisites. We prefer advanced level coursework.

Disputing and Correcting CASPA Course Subjects for Prerequisites

If, during verification, a course subject is incorrectly assigned to the wrong category, or the course title does not match the prerequisite, CASPA can re-review the course title and make appropriate changes. The applicant should contact CASPA customer service at Please refer to the CASPA website for further information.

Transfer Credit or Credit for Experiential Learning (Advanced Placement)

All courses within the curriculum are required. No credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning, prior coursework, degrees, certifications or advanced training. Transfer coursework (with a grade) to meet prerequisite requirements is acceptable. AP credit will be accepted for all non-science admission prerequisites. Any required course in the sciences will need to be taken at a college-level degree granting institution.

Applicants in Another PA Program

Applicants should notify Dominican University of any current or previous enrollment in another PA Studies Program. Dominican University’s PA Admissions will request grade transcripts from the applicant’s enrollment in any current or previous PA Studies Program.

Application for Admission

Apply for admission using the online Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application. Following are the required criteria:

Grade-point Average

Minimum in science and overall: 3.00

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Official GRE scores are required. No minimum GRE score, however strength of GRE scores relative to the applicant pool will be considered as part of the admission process. Visit Cohort Composites. The GRE must have been taken within five (5) years of the application date. Dominican University’s CASPA GRE Designated Institution Code: 7340. Dominican University does not accept official scores submitted directly to the University. The application is not considered complete without reflecting official scores directly in CASPA. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their scores are received by CASPA


A total of three (3) references submitted on the official CASPA reference form are required. It is strongly recommended that students request references from the following:

  • Professor: A person who can attest to the applicant's academic preparedness for the program based on direct experience in a teacher-student relationship
  • Supervisor: A person who can attest to the applicant’s intrapersonal attributes and interpersonal communication abilities based on direct observation as supervisor of the applicant’s volunteer or work experience
  • Physician assistant: A certified, practicing PA that can attest to your commitment, knowledge, and preparedness for the profession based on shadowing or employment experience
Personal Statement

A personal narrative submitted through the CASPA portal is required. In this personal essay, please:

  • Describe in detail your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant and
  • Reflect upon the interprofessional nature of the physician assistant's role in health care teams
Program Question

Additional writing samples are required by the Dominican University PA Studies through the CASPA Application portal. Please respond to the specific questions, which can be viewed on the CASPA Application site under "Program Questions."

Technical Standards

The Dominican University Physician Assistant Program is a demanding and concentrated program that places specific requirements and demands on all students enrolled in the program. The minimum technical standards establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level physician assistant. In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.