Prior to the submission of an application to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), all of the following admission requirements must be completed. Applications received that are incomplete or missing any of the prerequisites will be denied without opportunity for correction. See the How to Apply page for application deadlines.
*Degree conferral must appear on the transcript for a CASPA application to be considered complete
**Grades for all prerequisite courses must be posted and appear on a transcript (i.e. no “planned” or “in progress” notations on transcript).
We do not consider one type of clinical experience greater than another (i.e. experience as an RN is not more valued than that of a medical assistant). Experience may be paid or unpaid. There is not a published list of health care professions the program considers suitable for clinical experience. At a minimum, the applicant's clinical experience should include one of the following:
Experiences that typically satisfy the HCE requirement include evidence of direct patient care: collecting detailed patient histories, assisting with minor procedures or treatments, administering medications, etc.
Experiences that typically do not satisfy the HCE requirement include administration duties, billing, insurance, patient transport, lifeguarding, care of family members, companionship, caretaking, working with animals, etc.
See the FAQ page for additional information about HCE and examples of experiences.
Important! Pacific will NOT accept online-only or AP/CLEP courses to fulfill science prerequisites. Hybrid courses are acceptable, but all labs must be taken in person.
General Chemistry: Two courses with a minimum of 1 lab. Total of 8 semester units or 12 quarter units. Should be a course sequence designed for chemistry majors.
Biological Sciences: Two courses with a minimum of 1 lab. Total of 6 semester or 9 quarter units. Should be a course sequence designed for biology majors.
Human Anatomy: One course with lab is required. Total of 4 semester or 5 quarter units with lab (or combined Anatomy & Physiology).
Human Physiology: One course is required. Total of 4 semester or 5 quarter units (or combined Anatomy & Physiology). Lab recommended, but not required.
Microbiology: One course is required. Total of 3 semester units or 4 quarter units. Lab recommended, but not required.
Math: One course in Statistics is required. Total of 3 semester or 4 quarter units.
Psychology: One course in General or Abnormal Psychology is required. Total of 3 semester or 4 quarter units.
English Composition: Two courses are required. Total of 6 semester or 9 quarter units. Minimum of 1 composition course; 2nd course can be composition, literature, or writing intensive course. English as a Second Language courses will not fulfill this requirement.