Physician Assistant M.S. Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) | Expected start  May 2020 

Applicants will be considered for acceptance upon completion of all admission requirements:

  • Completion of the CASPA application (available April 2019)
  • Completion of Northwestern College supplemental application and payment of application fee (available April 2019)
  • Overall and Science GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum of 500 hours of healthcare experience
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or internationally recognized equivalent
  • Meet PA Program Technical Standards
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses with a B- or better in each course
    • These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution
    • Five of the eight required courses must be completed by the time of application

Pre-requisite courses

(The following list shows Northwestern equivalent courses. Pre-requisite courses do not need to be taken at Northwestern)

PA Program Pre-requisite
(Minimum of 3 credits each)
Eligible NWC Course
Human Anatomy* BIO 221
Human Physiology* BIO 222
Microbiology* BIO 203
Organic Chemistry CHE 321
Biochemistry CHE 321
Genetics BIO 202WI or BIO 327
Psychology PSY 100SS or PSY 360
Statistics MAT 116QR or MAT 208QR

*Must have taken within the last 5 years, or student must complete a waiver form demonstrating the use of this knowledge in the past 5 years)

Recommended courses
Human Physiology  

Preferred application process for Northwestern College graduates

Admission to PA programs is competitive, and the Northwestern College PA Program only plans to accept 30 students per year. Preference will be given in the application process to graduates from Northwestern College, provided they meet all of the program admissions requirements. Any Northwestern College graduate who completes all application materials and meets all admissions criteria will be granted an interview in the admissions process, creating a preferred admissions process.


Northwestern College has applied for Accreditation–Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Northwestern College anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2020, pending achieving Accreditation–Provisional status at the September 2019 ARC-PA meeting. 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. Should Northwestern College not receive Accreditation–Provisional, the program will not be permitted to start in May 2020.