Yes. The physician assistant program has no policy for advanced placement. Once admitted, all PA students must take the entire PA curriculum.
This is usually only a concern for off-campus applicants who have already earned degrees and, as a result, have taken courses similar to those in the PA program.
One exception would be if a candidate has a bachelor’s degree or above in that exact discipline, they would not be required to take the course. For example, a biochemistry bachelor’s degree holder would not be required to take biochemistry during the program.
The other exception would be if a Marquette undergraduate has completed the exact same course as the one required within the physician assistant curriculum and has scored a C or better. Two of the courses in the curriculum would need to be audited even if the student has completed it prior. These are BISC 4145: Human Physiology and BISC 7120: Medical Pharmacology. Other identical courses do not need to be repeated.
Most healthcare experiences count. Both paid and/or volunteer experiences count. Ideally, experiences should be healthcare-related. Some students have earned nursing assistant certification, working summers in hospitals or nursing homes. Some students have received on-the-job training in nursing homes.
Volunteer experiences are just as valuable. Applicants have volunteered at summer camps for children with disabilities or who suffer from other afflictions. Some volunteer at group homes for individuals with disabilities or in recovery.
Activities that do not count include lifeguarding, babysitting or medical activities not involving patients, such as working in medical records. Although strongly encouraged of all applicants, healthcare shadowing does not count towards the healthcare experience requirement.
Yes, a minimum of 200 hours must be completed by the time of CASPA application submission. Additional hours reported on the supplemental application will not count toward the 200 hours. Having 200 hours or more demonstrates a commitment to the admission process and to a career in healthcare as a Physician Assistant. Please note, shadowing hours do not count toward the 200 minimum hours.
During the most recent application period, the department received approximately 800 applications.
We accept a total of 55 students per year. 27 +/- 5 students are accepted from Marquette undergraduates with the other 27 +/- 5 students admitted from outside Marquette.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Application to PA programs across the country is highly competitive. Undergraduate students continue their work towards their Biomedical Sciences degree and may re-apply.
Absolutely. Some students become aware of the PA profession after declaring majors in other fields. These students must realize that if admitted to the PA program, they become biomedical sciences majors and must complete their undergraduate requirements before beginning PA studies.
There are many jobs in the healthcare field that are non-clinical but still very involved with patient care. A biomedical sciences degree is the perfect degree for positions in these fields. Students can also continue to pursue other graduate programs.
Applicants may submit healthcare experience hours earned during their junior year of high school and later. In addition, applicants should try to augment these experiences with more recent ones as well.
Shadowing is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. It allows an applicant to see "what they are getting into" prior to entering the program and shows the admissions committee that you have done your research on the profession. We do understand though, that with the advent of new federal privacy legislation in some areas it has become more difficult to allow laypersons access to certain areas in hospitals and clinics.
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.
For answers to other questions, go to the Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant Education Web site, or submit a request via the form at the bottom of this page.