Matriculation Requirements

Applicants who receive letters of acceptance to the Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program will have two weeks to either accept or decline their place in the class. Students accepting their place must submit an Acknowledgement of Acceptance and Confirmation form and a $1250.00 non-refundable deposit due two weeks (10 business days) from receipt of the Letter of Acceptance. (The deposit will be credited toward tuition/fees upon matriculation.) Additional specific requirements needed prior to matriculation are listed below.



All MMC PA students are required to provide proof of receiving a set of immunizations prior to enrollment or to receive the required immunizations within 30 days of enrollment.


The following immunizations are based on the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for health professionals.

  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
  • Measles – Mumps – Rubella (2 dose series)
  • Tetanus – Diphtheria – Pertussis (1 dose of Tdap within last 10 years)
  • Varicella (2 dose series or titer)
  • Tuberculosis skin test or chest X-Ray (required annually while in the program)
  • Influenza vaccine (1 dose of influenza vaccine annually)


The Institution’s policies regarding immunizations and all infection control policies may be found in the Program Policies.


Background Checks and Drug Screen

The MMC PA program requires a criminal background check and drug screen for all entering students. The background check and drug screening are performed by Certified Background. The background check includes criminal history and previous address information.


Proof of Medical Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage either through the Institution or through another individual or family plan. Students are required to demonstrate proof of coverage with major medical insurance at levels required by the Institution. A student may choose their own personal insurance plan as long as it is comparable in coverage to that offered by the Institution.

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.