College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Admission Requirements

Physician Assistant Program

Students seeking admission to the PA Program must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Minimum cumulative science and overall GPAs of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. 
  2. GRE scores from the general test using the Midwestern University institution code 1769.
    • The test must have been taken no earlier than January 1, 2014.
    • Test scores must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than December 1, 2018. Scores must be sent directly from ETS to the MWU Office of Admissions.
    • Applicants are expected to achieve a score at or above the 50th percentile in each section. If an applicant has attempted the GRE examination on more than one occasion, the most recent GRE scores will be utilized in the review of the applicant's file.
    • For additional information about the GRE, contact ETS at 866/473-4373 or visit
  3. Completion of prerequisite courses as listed below from regionally accredited colleges or universities.
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of a C or better.
    • Grades of C- are NOT acceptable for any prerequisite courses.
    • If advanced placement (AP) credit has been granted by an outside institution, this credit will automatically be considered for the following prerequisite courses: Math, Statistics, English Composition, and Social and Behavioral Science courses.
    • For AP credit earned in Biology and Chemistry, MWU may request the submission of appropriate documentation (as determined by MWU) to verify the AP credit earned meets the program's admission standards.
    • Life experience credits do not count toward fulfillment of any prerequisite courses.
    • Courses in which grades of "pass" are earned will be counted only when applicants can provide verification that the earned grades are equivalent to grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  4. Completion of prerequisite courses by December 31st of the year which precedes the year of anticipated matriculation.
    • No exceptions will be made.
    • Applicants must determine which prerequisites are missing and which courses must be taken to fulfill any outstanding prerequisites.
    • Students invited to interview must show documentation on the day of their visit that they are enrolled in or registered for any outstanding prerequisites.
  5. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university before matriculation.
  6. Motivation for and commitment to healthcare as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  7. Demonstration of service and leadership through community service or extracurricular activities.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  9. Passage of Midwestern University criminal background check.
  10. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  11. Successful completion of tuberculosis screening and all required immunizations prior to matriculation.

Prerequisite Courses

*Biology with lab

4 Sem/6 Qtr hours


4 Sem/6 Qtr hours

*General Chemistry with lab

8 Sem/12 Qtr hours

*Organic Chemistry with lab

4 Sem/6 Qtr hours

Math (college algebra or above)

3 Sem/4 Qtr hours


3 Sem/4 Qtr hours

**English Composition

6 Sem/9 Qtr hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology, etc.)

6 Sem/9 Qtr hours

*All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will fulfill science prerequisites. Courses with an online laboratory component will not meet any biology or chemistry prerequisite. In addition, advanced placement credit received at the undergraduate level may not satisfy biology or chemistry prerequisites. For advanced placement (AP) credit earned in biology and chemistry, MWU may request the submission of appropriate documentation (as determined by MWU) to verify the AP credit earned meets the program's admission standards.

**Courses accepted for the English Composition prerequisite include rhetoric, composition, technical writing, and courses designated as writing intensive by the institution.