Admission Requirements & Prerequisites
Listed below are the requirements for the Clarkson University Physician Assistant Studies Program:
- Completion of the 10 prerequisites listed below.
- Each prerequisite course taken needs to be at least a B or higher.
- A minimum overall, prerequisite and science prerequisite GPA of a 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Three letters of reference. One reference needs to be completed by a clinician. It is recommended (but not required) to have a reference from a Professor.
- Must have taken the GRE with official results sent to Clarkson University (CASPA code 0285). We do not have a minimum accepted score for the GRE; however, below are scores from our competitive applicants to our program:
- Verbal : 40th or higher percentile
- Quantitative: 40th or higher percentile
- Analytical Writing : 4 or higher
- A minimum of 500 hours of patient care experience must be completed, documented and verifiable at the time of application. 700 hours must be completed by the January 15th deadline and a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented and verifiable patient care experience is to be completed by the time of matriculation. Patient care experience is considered by two factors, quality and quantity. A heavy emphasis is placed on the quality of the experience. The program defines quality as hands on responsibility for the patient. Applicants with compensated hours of direct patient care experience will have an advantage. Shadowing or observation is not accepted as patient care experience or used towards your required hours.
- Completion of the CASPer test that assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal characteristics important for successful students and graduates of the program and is used to complement the other applicant screening tools. Completion of the CASPer test is required; results are valid for one admissions cycle. Plan your test date accordingly. Test dates are limited. Learn more at CASPer.
- Applicants who studied extensively outside of North America will require formal evaluation of those transcripts by the World Education Service (WES). Completion of TOEFL will be required for those for whom English is not the primary language. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accreditation institution within the United States or Canada.
- Ensure the technical standards can be met. Please review the standards prior to applying.