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PA Entry-Level: Requirements

Academic Prerequisites

Please note:  meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.

All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution prior to interview.
  • Have a cumulative CASPA Total Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
  • Have a cumulative CASPA Science Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above.
  • Have achieved a grade of C or better in the following courses with the minimum number of credits listed below:


Subject Minimum Credit Hours
English Composition 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences (such as psychology, sociology, history, economics and anthropology) 9
Arts/Humanities (such as philosophy, literature, women's studies, art, music, theater {not performance courses}, upper division language and religion) 6
Statistics or Biostatistics (courses in statistics taken under certain majors such as psychology, sociology and economics are acceptable) 3
General Chemistry (two semesters of general chemistry {credits will vary by institution}) 8
Organic Chemistry 3
Biochemistry 3
General Biology (two semesters of general biology, cannot use anatomy and physiology for this requirement) 8
Microbiology (recommend Medical Microbiology) 3
Genetics 3
Anatomy 3
Physiology 3

    Please note, the program does NOT offer advanced placement.

    The Prerequisite Courses for Stony Brook Undergraduates

    The program stipulates that course work in the natural sciences be designated for science/pre-med majors.  We prefer that science pre-requisites be taken at a four year science intensive University.

    All applicants whose native or first language is not English must also score at least 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or an iBT total score of 90 (with no subscore lower than the minimums listed: Reading: 22, Listening: 21, Writing: 25, Speaking: 22) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years prior to admission.

    Health Related Experience
    Prior to admission 1,000 hours of documented, direct patient care and/or health-related experience (either full or part-time) is required. Preference is given to those candidates with direct patient care or a broad range of health-related experience. Work experience as a nurse, nurse's aide, medic, corpsman, medical laboratory technologist, respiratory therapist, emergency medical technician, counselor in a health care setting, etc. can meet this requirement. Up to 500 hours may be satisfied by direct patient-care experiences completed during clinical training in the health professions (e.g., practicums in nursing, clinical practice clerkships in allied health, graduate psychology internships, etc.). Volunteer direct patient care experiences may meet this requirement. Shadowing can be used towards this requirement, however, the program will only accept up to 200 hours of shadowing. The remaining 800 hours must be direct patient care experiences.

    Other Admission Requirements

    • Three references
    • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS for Health Care Providers). ACLS certification recommended if you are BLS certified and have a critical care background.  Do not take ACLS prior to the June start date of the program so that it does not expire prior to the end of the program.
    • The program requires a supplemental application.  There is a $100 processing fee for the supplemental application. 
    • We do not require the GRE
    • If you are offered an interview with the program, you will sign a condition form that you acknowledge that you have to send official transcripts to the program, show proof of current BLS certification, and successfully pass a criminal background check by June 1st (of the year you will be starting). Also, if you are offered a seat in the program you will be required to complete a specified on-line Medical Terminology course prior to beginning the program. Inability to meet the conditions of acceptance will result in the program rescinding the seat. 

    Preference for interview is given to applicants who have: 

    • completed natural science coursework within seven years of application
    • completed all program course prerequisites noted above and Baccalaureate degree by the time of interview
    • completed direct patient care experience by time of interview

    Please note: In most years we only interview applicants who meet all the preferences. 

    All applicants who are interviewed are evaluated on the strength of their:

    • Academic Preparation
    • Clinical Experience
    • Personal Statements
    • References
    • Interview

    In addition, preference for Admission (after interview) is given to applicants who have: 

    • demonstrated a commitment to working with underserved populations
    • demonstrated leadership activity
    • demonstrated a commitment to primary care

    You may also email us at paprogram@stonybrook.edu