Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites: All prerequisite courses must be completed by January 15, 2020 to be eligible for the September 2020 enrollment date.

I. A U.S. Bachelor’s Degree from a Regionally Accredited College or University

NOTE: A Regional Accredited College or University are those institutions that hold Active accreditation recognized by the Department Education from one of these accreditation agencies:
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
If you hold an international degree and applying to our program, you must obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution.

II. Prerequisite College Courses in Core Sciences

Quarter units will be converted into semester units to fulfill all prerequisites. The conversion rate is quarter units divided by 1.5 = semester units; i.e. 4 quarter units = 2.67 semester units. Must be completed within 7 years
  • Chemistry (8 semester units) must include lab credits, acceptable chemistry courses include: General, Organic, Inorganic, Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy (4 semester units) must include lab, must be Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology (4 semester units) must include lab, must be Human Physiology
  • Microbiology (4 semester units) must include lab

III. Prerequisite General College Courses

  • Mathematics, algebra or higher (2 semester units)
  • Psychology (3 semester units)
  • English Composition (3 semester units)
  • Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 semester units)
  • Statistics in addition to mathematics requirement. Must be within math, social sciences, or health sciences departments (3 semester units)

IV. Recommended Courses

  • Medical Terminology
  • Conversational Spanish

V. Healthcare Experience: 2000 Paid Hours Clinical Experience is Required.

Examples of the types of clinical experiences (not limited to):
  • Military medic or corpsman
  • Chiropractic
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Back Office Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Certified Nurses’ Aide
  • EMT (patient care hours only)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Radiological Technician
  • Occupational Therapist Aide
  • Registered Nurse
Qualifying duties during clinical experiences must consist of direct patient contact. This may include but is not limited to: consultation, assessment, diagnosis or treatment

VI. Admissions Process

  1. Applicants must meet all of the program’s admission requirements.
  2. Applicants must apply to the program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Once SCU has a verified CASPA application the MSPA admissions advisor will review the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. All applications are screened based on the admission requirements and the information provided. Competitive applicants will be invited to an interview.
  4. On the interview day, applicants are required to submit two passport-sized photographs. These photos will not be returned. These invited applicants are interviewed by faculty members or administrators.
  5. Candidates offered seats must respond to the conditional enrollment offer within 72 hours. Once the offered candidate has filled out the supplemental application, they are required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within 72 hours, which will be applied towards their tuition. Candidates being interviewed does not guarantee a seat or being added to the waitlist.
  6. All remaining applicants for each cycle will be notified of their application status by spring. Applicants placed on the waitlist may be offered a seat if an offered applicant rescinds their seat or withdraws from the admissions process. Waitlist applicants that are offered a seat must respond within 72 hours. The $1,000 non-refundable deposit must also be paid within 72 hours of the completed supplemental application.

VII. Other Requirements

  • Cumulative: 3.0 or above is required
  • Core science prerequisites: 3.0 or above is required
  • Entrance Exam: GRE or MCAT is not required
  • International Students: TOEFL is required
  • TOEFL Scores:
    • Internet Based: 100 (this is divided into the following categories: Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking) some programs require specific Sub scores in each category
    • Computer Based: 250
    • Paper Based: 550
    • CASPA requires applications to have a 250 score if the test is Computer Based and a score of 100 if it is Internet Based
  • Letters of Recommendations: Two (2) required: One Academic, One Professional
  • Official Transcripts: submitted through CASPA (Online)
  • Some veteran assistance is not available due to the provisional accreditation status. Please verify with financial aid.
There is no advanced standing recognized for the MSPA Program. SCU’s MSPA program does not accept transfer students.


Once a student has filled the SCU supplemental application and paid their $1,000 non-refundable deposit, additional items are required. Information will be disseminated for these required items:
  • A physical examination clearing the student to work as a health care professional student must be submitted prior to enrollment.
  • Proof of current health status and immunizations (PDF) is required. Please review immunization requirements from the link provided.
  • University approved medical insurance is required.
  • Criminal background check and drug testing are required.

Student Employment Policy:

As referenced throughout the MSPA Program’s affiliation agreements, Clinical Preceptor Handbook, and admissions disclosure agreement:
  • Students are not mandated to hold any position of employment in the Institution. University or Program employment is not a term of acceptance or continuation in the Program.
  • Students of the MSPA Program are not employees of the hospitals or clinics and, therefore, work entirely under the preceptor’s supervision. Students are not to substitute for paid clinicians, clerical staff, or other workers at their assigned clinical sites.
  • Due to the rigorous nature of the program, students are discouraged from working. Didactic or clinical schedules will not be altered.

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