Eastern Michigan University

Admissions Requirements

The EMU PA Program Admissions Requirements were developed to be straightforward and attainable for prospective applicants. They are intended to serve as a guide for those interested in applying to the EMU PA Program. For those planning to apply to start the EMU PA Program in May 2015, the program requires a completed CASPA application and EMU PA Program Supplemental Application by September 1, 2014. See Admissions Process for more details.

These are the minimum requirements for an application to be reviewed and evaluated by the EMU PA Program Admission Committee. All of the admissions requirements must be met in order for an applicant to have a chance at being admitted. Simply meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee progression to the on-campus interview stage of the admissions process.


Bachelor Degree

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution must be completed prior to matriculation. Candidates may apply while their degree is in progress, but degree completion demonstrated by transcript evaluation is necessary prior to matriculation into the PA Program.

Grade Point Average

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required at the time of application. This GPA can be attained by any one of the following: cumulative undergraduate, a completed graduate, or an overall GPA. These GPAs are calculated by CASPA. A cumulative undergraduate GPA includes all college courses taken prior to receiving a bachelor degree and undergraduate courses taken after receiving a bachelor degree (such as pre-admission courses). The overall GPA includes all undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate courses (not doctoral). It is the expectation that the average successful applicant has a GPA much higher than 3.0.

Pre-Admission Courses

All of the following pre-admission courses must be completed and fulfill all associated requirements prior to matriculation into the EMU PA Program. Visit Pre-Admissions Courses for more detailed information, including deadlines for completion of courses.

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology
  3. General Chemistry with Lab
  4. Organic Chemistry with Lab or Biochemistry with Lab
  5. Microbiology with Lab
  6. Developmental/Lifespan Psychology
  7. Statistics

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Scores (Updated 3.14.14)

The GRE revised General Test or GRE General Test is required. There is no minimum GRE score necessary to be considered for admission.

  • GRE tests taken within the past five years: The applicant must have their official GRE scores sent using code 3646. This is the Eastern Michigan University Physician Assistant Program CASPA Code for GRE scores. Official GRE score reports must be received by CASPA by September 1.
  • GRE tests taken more than five years ago: The GRE will only send official score reports from the most recent five years. For GRE tests taken more than five years ago, the applicant must email their individual/personal score report directly to the EMU PA Program. Send: full applicant name, CASPA ID and a scanned copy of the GRE report to: chhs_paprogram@emich.edu. An email with all of the previously stated requirements must be received by the EMU PA Program by September 1. Score reports sent to chhs_paprogram@emich.edu that are less than five years old will not be processed. 

GRE score reports must be received following the guidelines as delineated above. In the event that appropriate score reports are not provided to EMU, the candidate will be removed from consideration for admission.

Letters of Reference

Two reference letters are necessary and up to three are accepted. There is no specific requirement regarding the credentials or background for the individuals who supply the Letters of Reference. However, a recommendation is to have references who are qualified to evaluate the applicant's interpersonal skills and ability to meet the demands of a functioning physician assistant student and professional. Examples of those who are commonly supply Letters of Reference include: health care professionals (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.), employment supervisor, science instructor or other college professor, or anyone qualified to evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate-level student and future physician assistant.

All letters of reference must be submitted through CASPA, in accordance with CASPA guidelines. CASPA will process an applicant's application and deem it "complete" as long as two references are completed.

Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours

A minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience must be completed prior to application. Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours can occur in a volunteer or paid position in a wide range of health care settings. Visit Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours for more information.

Preference will be given to candidates with direct patient care experiences, particularly those that required specific training and/or licensure, higher levels of patient interaction and medical decision-making. Preference will also be given to candidates who have completed greater numbers of hours of experience.

Coursework Outside the US - International and Foreign Applicants

An international applicant is defined as a student who is either not a United States citizen or a student who has educational credentials (taken any college/university courses) from outside the United States. All applicants to the EMU PA Program with non-U.S. post secondary educational credentials (taken any college/university courses) must submit an evaluation of all non-U.S. post-secondary education using Educational Perspectives (EP). The EP evaluation due date is September 1 of each year. EP is the only educational credential evaluation service that is accepted by EMU and the EMU PA Program. A "Detailed" Report (course by course evaluation) is required. This evaluation will be used to determine eligibility for admission to EMU, if the non-U.S. institution is recognized and provide a U.S.-equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA). A four-year bachelor's degree from a Ministry of Education recognized or accredited institution is the minimum degree requirement for admission. Please visit the EMU EP webpage: www.edperspective.org/emich for details on how to submit the evaluation request and obtain an EP application form.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT examination.There are no exceptions. No other form of the TOEFL or other tests will be accepted. A minimum score of 95 on the TOEFL iBT is required for consideration for admission into the EMU PA Program. Applicants must report their TOEFL scores on the CASPA application (deadline for completion is September 1) and send an official TOEFL score report to EMU.

All international applicants are expected to understand and meet all other eligibility requirements for admission to the EMU PA Program and the Graduate School. For more information about the Graduate School requirements, please visit the International Student webpage. Applicants to the EMU PA Program are not required to submit an EMU Graduate School Application and should refer to the Admissions Process page for application procedures. For questions about residency/visa or financial requirements, please contact the Office of International Admissions at international.admissions@emich.edu.  

Technical Standards

All applicants must be aware of and are subject to the EMU PA Program required Technical Standards. Open the Technical Standards pdf for detailed information.

Rules and Regulations

In addition to the above requirements, all EMU PA Program students must agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations of the program. These can be found in the EMU PA Program Student Handbook pdf.


Still have questions about applying to the PA Program?

Contact us via email at chhs_paprogram@emich.edu or schedule an appointment with our School's advisor, Mrs. Linda Jerome, via this web-scheduling link: https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/419rkl8y/. To schedule an appointment, under the "Intended Major" heading, choose "Physician Assistant (HPHP)", then choose phone or campus appointment and then select "HPHP Linda Jerome" as the advisor.


For information about application submission and application evaluation, please visit the Admissions Process webpage.

Please keep in mind that the EMU PA Curriculum is very rigorous.

No advanced placement or advanced standing is granted and no transfer credit or credit for past work or other experiences are accepted.

The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090