Physician Assistant Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The Meharry Medical College Master of Physician Assistant Sciences program participates with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please refer to the application process page for instructions. Individuals whose applications are reviewed positively will be invited for a personal on-campus interview. Applicants not selected must reapply in the next CASPA application cycle.


Currently, there are no international countries that offer reciprocity for U.S. trained Physician Assistants and that is subject to change. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the situation. International students who are not U.S. permanent residents at the time of matriculation risk completing the MMC PA Program and unable to stay in the U.S. after graduation and unable to practice as a PA in their home country. It is the sole responsibility of the international applicant to weigh the risks when deciding to accept an offer to attend.


Admissions Criteria

The following criteria are established for students interested in applying to the Meharry Medical College Master of Physician Assistant Sciences program. Completion of the established criteria does not guarantee an interview or admission.

  • Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. Institution
  • A minimum science and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale must be achieved.
  • Personal Statement and Response to writing prompt.
  • Three (3) Letters of reference: one (1) from a Physician Assistant (PA) and two (2) from a healthcare provider or graduate or undergraduate educator. Letters of reference must be current, not older than one (1) year old.
  • Grades below “C” are not accepted for transfer to Meharry Medical College (e.g., D+, D, D-, F).
  • If a course were repeated, the higher of the two grades will be used accordingly in the evaluation of the application.
  • Supplemental Application.
  • No advanced placement will be granted.


Students must complete all prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of C or better at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university before matriculation.

  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy or Anatomy and Physiology I *†
  • Human Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology I *
  • General Biology 2 courses †‡
  • General Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry 2 courses †
  • General Psychology


Prerequisite coursework which is obtained from a four-year college or university and which is designed for science majors is considered more competitive.

* Human Anatomy and Physiology may be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of a sequence. In the event that the courses are taken as part of a sequence, only a completed sequence of Anatomy and Physiology I and II will be accepted.

† Basic science courses should be those for science majors. Only courses (excluding general biology and biochemistry) with an associated lab will be given credit for fulfilling prerequisite requirements. In the event that a laboratory is not offered with a prerequisite course, applicants may request the lab requirement for that course be waived.

‡ Labs recommended but not required for general biology courses.

  • The MMC MPAS program Advanced Placement courses as credit for undergraduate coursework. AP courses taken and successfully completed will be counted as one course credit towards completion of the respective prerequisite subject. Grades earned in AP courses are not used in calculation of the applicants overall or prerequisite GPA.
  • The MMC MPAS program does not accept College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for any prerequisite requirements.


Technical Standards

All applicants must meet and maintain all requirements in the Technical Standards (Click Here).


Applicant Preferences

The Program awards interview preference related to the Program’s Mission to applicants with the following attributes and course work. Candidates for admission are considered holistically and are reviewed on the following selection factors and awarded interview preference points: (Please note that admission to the PA Studies Program is competitive. Meeting the selection factors noted below does not guarantee an interview or admission).

  • All officially designated Historically Black College and University (HBCU) graduates.
  • Military veterans with an honorable discharge (must produce a DD214/DD256).
  • Applicants who complete highly recommended prerequisite courses are given preference for each course completed.
  • Prior healthcare experience and community service/volunteer experience (underserved populations).
  • First Generation college student.
  • Raised in a single parent household.
  • Recipient of the Federal Pell Grant Program.
  • Meharry Legacy (child, grandchild, sibling of a Meharry graduate)
  • Resided in a federally designated Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (Click here) during high school.
  • Strongly recommended course work
    • Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Statistics


Accreditation Status

The Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received.