Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Physician Assistant program is competitive. Concordia University Wisconsin will admit one class of 30 full-time students in May of each academic year. To learn more about the admission process, click here.

Basic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree

    Must be earned prior to matriculation from a regionally accredited university or college.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher 
  • 3.0 prerequisite science GPA or higher 
  • Grade of “C” or higher

    All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Labs must be taken on campus and not online 
  • English Transcripts
  • Classes that are audited are not accepted for prerequisite courses.

    If the transcripts are not in English, transcripts will need to be evaluated through the required service designated by CASPA.

  • Please note, the deadline for application is for Verified applications. Submit your applications at least 4-6 weeks earlier than the deadline to allow time for verification of information in your application.Applicants must have completed all prerequisite courses prior to application date. At the time of application there may not be any prerequisite courses pending or in progress.
  • Documentation of 500 hours of patient care experience plus 24 hour minimum shadowing of a Physician Assistant.(Applicants who shadow more than 24 hours with multiple Physician Assistants will receive more points in the application process).  

    Must be completed and documented to the program either via email if the CASPA application has been submitted or on the CASPA application by September 1.

    Hours working as a scribe do not count as shadowing.(Applicants who have hands on patient care and not just shadowing will be given more points in the application process).

    The program does not find or suggest sites for applicants to complete the shadowing requirement.

  • Reference Letters

    Two letters much be professional and/or academic and one must be from a PA that you have shadowed. One should be from an employer or supervisor who has observed the applicant in a health care setting while interacting with patients.
  • Ability to performTechnical Standards for Physician Assistants 

Science Prerequisites

  • General Chemistry - Two semesters of sequenced courses with labs
  • Organic Chemistry- One semester with lab
  • Biochemistry - One semester with or without lab
  • Microbiology - One semester with lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology - Two semesters with lab

    Can be either separate Anatomy (with lab) and Physiology courses OR combined  A&P I and II courses including labs. Anatomy must be with lab and done on-campus, not online Biology - Two semesters with lab

  • Biology - Two semesters with lab

    (excluding the listed prerequisite science courses mentioned even at higher levels)

  • Genetics - One semester with or without lab

Other Required Prerequisites

  • Psychology - One semester
  • Statistics - One semester
  • College algebra or higher - One semester
  • Medical Terminology - One semester

Highly recommended courses:

  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Additional Psychology classes


  • Medical Terminology is recommended within five years of applying to the program.
  • A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to attain state licensure.
  • There is no advanced placement, transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning.

If you have questions about specific prerequisite courses, please contact Meghan Beverung in the Graduate Admission Office.

Admission Policy for Current Concordia University Undergraduate Students and Concordia University Alumni

A current, full time student from CU who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CU will be guaranteed an interview for the PA program if he or she meets certain requirements. Guaranteed interviews will be extended to students who have completed their PA application by the deadline, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40, and a grade point average of at least 3 .40 in prerequisite science courses.

CU alumni will be guaranteed an interview if the graduate has completed their PA application by the deadline and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40, and a cumulative prerequisite science grade point average of at least 3.40 while attending CU.