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Admission Requirements

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The Westfield State University Physician Assistant Program is 24 months in length from matriculation to completion. The curriculum is 12 months of didactic education, followed by 12 months of clinical clerkships across the disciplines of primary care medicine.

How to Apply

Applications to the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program will be submitted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

A Supplemental Application will also be required in addition to the application submitted through CASPA. Students must submit both the CASPA application and Westfield State University's supplemental application in order to be considered for the program. To complete the supplemental application, please click on Supplemental Application link below:

Supplemental Application


Admissions Criteria:

General Admission Standards for the Physician Assistant Studies Program

Minimum admissions requirements for the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program include:
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • A personal statement of interest and intent is required at the time of application.
  • The WSU-PA Program will not allow advanced standing for any professional courses or clinical experiences.
  • For international students: ESL – TOEFL score of 90 internet; 233 computer; 550 paper are required.
  • A minimum of 500 hours of patient contact hours are required. Examples of patient contact hours can include but are not limited to EMT, Scribe, Paramedic, Lab Tech, Volunteer, and Nurse’s Aide as long as direct patient contact has occurred.
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of recommendation.
All prerequisite courses listed below must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and an overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  • 30 semester hours of biological, chemical, and physical sciences
  • Required: Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab, Microbiology, Genetics, and Biochemistry.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics must have been completed within the past 10 years.
  • One University-level statistics course
  • One University-level ethics course+
  • One University level General Psychology Course

+ substitution may be permitted with approval from the PA Program Director

The WSU-PAS Program will not allow advanced standing for any professional courses or clinical experiences.

Admissions Protocol for Graduates of Massachusetts Public Four-Year Institutions:

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The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Westfield State University is the only public physician assistant program in Massachusetts and all of New England. The Westfield State University Physician Assistant Program intends to educate a diverse student body of highly skilled and culturally aware healthcare providers who will utilize a patient-centered care approach and be committed to serving the public, either in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or beyond. To help achieve this goal, the program will grant an interview for all students who have graduated from a Massachusetts public four-year institution, if the following criteria are met.

  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a Massachusetts public institution.
  2. Overall GPA of all college coursework of greater than or equal to 3.5.
  3. Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.5 in all PA Program prerequisite courses.
  4. A recommendation from a Physician Assistant or Physician indicating support for consideration of the applicant.
  5. Successful completion of a minimum of 500 hours of patient contact prior to application.
  6. Successful completion of all general admissions requirements and standards.

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree from a Massachusetts public institution who does not meet these requirements, but meets the general admission requirements of the program may apply and will be considered with all other applicants.