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Prerequisites for Non-Marquette University Undergraduates

Students who wish to complete their prerequisites at Universities other than Marquette are encouraged to remain in contact with the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Office to ensure courses taken at these other campuses are equivalent to the specific prerequisite requirements. Coursework should mimic the Marquette Physician Assistant pre-physician assistant curriculum as much as possible. Please refer to the following link ( for a list of required courses for all undergraduate applicants. It is highly recommended that all Coursework is taken at a 4 year accredited institution.

Undergraduate students admitted to the physician assistant program will earn their Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the completion of the didactic coursework following the second year of the 3-year professional program.

Requirements also include:

  1. Minimum cumulative total GPA of 3.0. Students should send official transcripts at the time of application.
  2. ACT / SAT Scores -If applicants will have a Bachelor’s Degree at the time of starting the PA curriculum, they are required to take the GRE before September 1st of the year they are applying (Designated Institution code 5872).
  3. Minimum of 200 hours of volunteer and/or paid health care experience.
    • The hours can be either volunteer or paid direct patient care. The minimum 200 hours must be completed at the time your application is submitted with a contact number of a supervisor or volunteer office for verification. Hours may include (but are not limited to): nursing assistant, EMT, volunteer patient care within a nursing home or hospital, radiology tech, phlebotomist. (Note: healthcare shadowing does not count towards this requirement)
  4. 3 letters of recommendation are required (No form is provided).

    Although there are no requirements as to the format of content of the three reference letters we require, we do have some suggestions as to whom these references might come from.

    • Someone who knows you academically. This would ideally be someone whose course you have taken and can comment on your preparation for the rigors of an intense professional academic program.
    • Someone who knows your work ethic. This would ideally be from someone in the healthcare field with whom you have worked with, or worked for, and can comment on your work ethic, passion for healthcare, etc.
    • Someone who knows you personally. This would ideally be from someone in the community who can comment on your character, your goals, etc.
  5. An interview will be offered to select applicants.


Contact Marquette's Physician Assistant Program

Email the department

Marquette University Physician Assistant Studies
1700 Building, 1700 W. Wells St.
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881

Phone: (414) 288-5688
FAX: (414) 288-7951