Students in the Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine take part in the White Coat Ceremony in 2016, during which the students receive their white coats signifying the start of their training. Three female students are seen in the foreground, reading from the event program, with a male and female student visible in the background.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

PA Program COVID-19 Admissions Questions

The PA Program at Penn State College of Medicine is currently updating many of our policies in light of the current situation understanding the impact this may have on the 2020-2021 applicant pool.

At this time, we have updated our policies as follows:

  • Candidate interviews will be virtual for 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Details can be found on the How To Apply page.
  • We continue to require GREs for admission to our PA program, because our CASPA deadline is not until January 15, 2021, and we continuously review applicants through our entire cycle. We expect testing sites to reopen well in advance of our deadline enabling students to submit scores in a timely manner.
  • We have never had a minimum GRE requirement and the range of an acceptable score varies. We recommend reviewing our class profiles here.
  • If you are applying in the 2020-2021 cycle, applicants are able to register and complete the GRE at-home as a workaround to closed testing sites. Learn more here.
  • While our grading preference remains taking a letter grade for courses in the Spring 2020 semester, the Penn State PA Admissions Committee has revised its grading policy for courses taken in the Spring 2020 semester to accept Satisfactory or Pass grades in lieu of letter grades for both pre-requisites and other courses. Again, our preference is a letter grade, but if your school does not give you the option to take a letter grade we will accept Satisfactory or Pass grades for all courses, including pre-requisites.
  • We have never had a minimum letter grade requirement for individual pre-requisite courses.
  • The Penn State PA Admissions Committee has always accepted online course and labs from regionally accredited institutions; this remains unchanged.
  • You will be given the option to detail any academic, professional, personal hardships faced because of COVID-19 by way of an Impact Essay within CASPA.
  • Penn State PA Admissions Committee has made no change to our minimum 500 hour requirement at this time.