Admissions and Prerequisites
Please click on each question heading below to learn more about admissions and prerequisite requirements for the Boston University Physician Assistant Program.
What is the deadline for application to the PA program?
All materials submitted for consideration must be postmarked by September 1 of the preceding year for which you are applying. So, if you are applying for admission in April of 2015, all materials must be postmarked by September 1, 2014.
Is there a supplemental application?
Yes. Starting with the incoming class of 2017, the BU PA Program will require a supplemental application. Please see our How to Apply page for more information.
Can you tell me more about the prerequisites for admission?
We have chosen a slate of prerequisite courses that we have found to be foundational to matriculating PA students at Boston University. In order to ensure that each applicant is adequately prepared for our curriculum, we do not accept substitutions for the prerequisite courses listed on our admissions page. We do not mandate that prerequisites be taken solely at a 4-year college or university.
Can any of my prerequisites be “In Progress” at the time of application to the PA program?
Yes and No.
At the time you submit your application to CASPA you may have courses that are listed as “in progress.” However, in order to be considered as an applicant, one must have completed all prerequisite courses prior to the September 1st deadline. In the event that you have prerequisite course in progress at the time you submit your application, you should send updated transcripts directly to the PA office upon completion of the coursework, prior to our application deadline.
Can any of the prerequisites be taken online instead of in class?
No. All courses listed on our academic prerequisite requirement page must be completed in traditional classroom and laboratory settings. Given the complexity and nature of PA education, we want to ensure that all applicants accepted to the program have sufficient academic preparation for success. We believe this is best achieved by taking your science class prerequisites in a classroom setting.
We recognize that many courses now utilize online components. If a course uses both online and in class work and it listed on a transcript as a traditional course, that is acceptable. If your college or university classifies your course as an online course on your transcript, we are unable to accept it to fulfill a prerequisite course requirement.
Is there a time limit for prerequisite courses? Do courses expire?
We have not placed a specific time limit or expiration on the prerequisites.
I took a 300 level Biochemistry course. Does this count towards both the Biochemistry and upper-level Biology course requirements?
No. All specific prerequisite courses listed on our website are required in addition to two upper level biology courses at the 300, 400 level or above. Typically, students choose upper level courses offered in their school’s biology department.
Do I need to have a Bachelor’s degree prior to applying?
No, however all applicants must have completed their bachelor degree prior to matriculation into the program. If you have completed the prerequisites and are in the process of finishing your bachelor’s degree you may be eligible for conditional acceptance. Proof of your degree will be required prior to matriculation.
Is a Bachelor's degree in a science related major required?
No. The program does not prefer one Bachelor’s degree over another. We welcome applicants from diverse academic, career, and personal backgrounds.
GPA and Test Requirements
What is the GPA requirement for admissions?
We require at minimum, a 3.0 GPA in science coursework only. This number is calculated by CASPA and includes all science courses. We do not have an overall minimum GPA requirement.
Can I use MCAT scores instead of GRE scores?
No. The program requires GRE scores from all applicants.
Does the BU PA program endorse any groups or engage in affirmative action policies?
The BU PA program does not have any admission or enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups. We however seek to draw students from all backgrounds and cultures in an effort to create a diverse program.