Program Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States institution(s) at time of application or prior to matriculation.
  • All prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited United States institution.
  • The following academic criteria must be met: minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0; and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all completed Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. On CASPA, JWU’s designation code is 0468. An official record of that examination must be added to your application through CASPA.
  • Transfer credits are not awarded to students.
  • Advanced placement credit is not accepted.
  • No credit will be awarded to students for work experience.
  • Technical standards are required attributes necessary for entrance into, continuation within, and graduation from the Physician Assistant program at Johnson & Wales University. In addition, you may also be required to meet the technical standards of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program.


Completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does not necessarily guarantee an interview or admission.

A minimum of 35 of the required 39 prerequisite credits (including associated labs) must be completed by the end of December 2019 in order to be considered for the June 2020 start. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of May. An official transcript reflecting a grade of “C” or better must be provided before classes start the first week of June. Students accepted before all prerequisite coursework has been completed will be accepted on a provisional basis.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

  • Biology, human or mammalian preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Chemistry, organic and biochemistry preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology, human preferred, with labs (8 credits)

    • A&P prerequisite must have been completed within 7 years prior to matriculation (taken Summer 2013 or more recently for June 2020 matriculation)
    • Prerequisite must include all body systems and be a full-year (two semester sequence) or the equivalent, consisting of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of physiology with lab OR 8 credits of A&P I & II (both with lab)
    • Courses devoted entirely to the study of the human species are preferred. Courses devoted to animal physiology, exercise physiology and/or comparative anatomy are not preferred
  • Math, college algebra or equivalent, statistics preferred (3 credits)
  • Psychology/Sociology/Behavioral Science, psychology preferred (6 credits)
  • English (6 credits). Medical Terminology and AP courses will not fulfill the English requirement. In most cases, the admissions committee will review other writing-intense coursework as a substitution on a case-by-case basis. An official course syllabus will need to be provided by the student for official review after the CASPA application has been submitted and verified

Experiential Requirements

  • A minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care in the United States and in an allopathic or osteopathic medical setting. Experience accumulated through academic credit will not be counted toward your total direct patient care hours. Learn more about the preferred types of direct experience.
  • To help you gain a clear understanding of the PA’s role on the medical team, we ask that you observe (or “shadow”) a PA in the field. “Shadowing” of PAs in more than one practice type is preferred. You will be asked to record your experiences as part of the application process through CASPA; please note that they do not count toward direct patient care hours.
  • Computer experience is essential, as a significant portion of curricular material, assignments, evaluations and other materials will be exchanged using e-technology.

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