Eastern Michigan University

Admissions Requirements

We strive to provide clear, straightforward, and attainable minimum admission requirements for prospective applicants. These minimum requirements are intended to serve as the guide for those interested in applying to the EMU PA Program. New PA students enter the program annually in May.

For those planning to apply to start the EMU PA Program in May 2017, the application cycle opens on April 27, 2016 and closes on September 1, 2016. For an application to be considered, the program requires a completed CASPA application and an EMU Graduate Application by our deadline (see Admissions Process for details). 

The following 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 (as evaluated by Educational Perspectives) 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. The PA Program begins on May 3, 2017 and May 2, 2018.

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

At least 5 of the following 7 pre-admission courses must be completed at the time of application. 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 descriptions of and 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 1.30.15)

The GRE is not required and is not a component of our admissions process.

Letters of Reference

Two reference letters are necessary, while more can also be submitted via CASPA. 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 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 at least two references and all other requirements are completed.

Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours

A minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience / health care hours 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. Only experiences and hours documented on the CASPA application will be evaluated.

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 United States

All applicants to the EMU PA Program that have taken any college/university courses at non-U.S institutions must submit an evaluation of all non-U.S. post-secondary education using Educational Perspectives (EP). 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 provide a U.S.-equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) and be used in conjunction with coursework completed within the US to determine the applicant's GPA and eligibility for PA Program 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. The EP evaluation must be received by EMU by September 1.

International Applicants

An international applicant is defined as a student who is either not a United States citizen or a student who has educational credentials from outside the United States. All applicants with non-U.S. post secondary credentials must submit an evaluation of their credentials to EMU using Educational Perspectives (EP). 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. The EP evaluation must be received by EMU by September 1.

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 Graduate Student webpage. Applicants should refer to our PA Program's Admissions Process webpage for specific application procedures for our program. For questions about residency/visa or financial requirements, please contact the Office of International Admissions at international.admissions@emich.edu.  

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT examination. For the PA Program, the primary language used in during high school attendance is considered the native language. 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. Please note that this is a program-specific minimum requirement and simply meeting the University requirement does not fulfill the PA program requirement. Applicants must self report their TOEFL scores on the CASPA application and send an official TOEFL score report to EMU by September 1.

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.

Still have questions about applying to the PA Program?

To get answers to specific questions about the PA Program admissions requirements, email us (chhs_paprogram@emich.edu) or call 734-487-2843. Please note, the EMU PA Program does not setup individual advising/counseling sessions with prospective applicants. Current EMU students may book an advising appointment with Linda Jerome by calling 734.487.0918. To learn more details about the PA Program, meet current students and tour the facilities, you are invited to attend one of the PA Program Information Sessions.

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