Admission Requirements

Admission into the PA program is limited and competitive, requiring a separate application, including reference letters, work experience, and a personal interview, among other requirements.  Enrollment at Union College and completion of the pre-PA prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program.  All potential applicants should make direct inquiry to the program for detailed information. Guidelines for admission include the following (see application details for more specific information):

  • Acceptance into Union College as a full-time student;
  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree and the prerequisite requirements, or with prior approval by the PA program, successful completion of the general education requirements of Union College and prerequisite requirements;
  • Cumulative GPA and science GPA (all biology and chemistry courses) of at least 2.8 on a 4.00 scale for all college work;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a variety of cognitive, problem solving, tactile, communicative and interpersonal skills, as described in the PA program’s technical standards;
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A signed lifestyle agreement (the agreement may be viewed at the PA website but is not signed until the interview) 
  • Completion of a required physical exam after acceptance into the program;
  • International applicants must achieve a score of 250 or higher on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 600 or higher on the written TOEFL, and show appropriate evidence of temporary or permanent U.S. residency, in addition to meeting general education requirements;
  • Transfer credits from other institutions must meet detailed scrutiny for equivalency and non-U.S. courses must meet educational standards of the U.S. Department of Education;
  • At least 3 months (480 hrs) of work experience related to direct patient care is required, including exposure to the PA role;
  • Criminal background clearance after acceptance into the program;
  • Personal health insurance is required and personal liability insurance is encouraged;
  • Submission of complete application materials and personal interview  with PA Program Admissions Committee. 

All applicants to the PA program who are not Union College students should possess a baccalaureate degree prior to admission to the graduate PA program curriculum. The major focus of this baccalaureate degree may vary, but studies should include the prerequisite courses of the PA program. These courses or their equivalent must be successfully completed prior to admission to the PA program. Applications may be submitted before the baccalaureate degree requirements or prerequisite courses are completed, but all undergraduate and prerequisite work must be successfully completed prior to beginning the graduate PA program.

Union College students without a baccalaureate degree may request to be considered for admission to the PA program. This gateway allows selected students without a degree to obtain a baccalaureate degree at Union College while completing the graduate PA curriculum. These students must also fulfill all general education requirements of Union College.