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The admissions requirements* for the Center for Physician Assistant Studies are as follows:

  • Baccalaureate degree including the following prerequisites with grades of C or better:

    -General Chemistry I and II with Labs  (8 semester hours)
    -Biochemistry, Organic, or other advanced chemistry (3 semester hours)
    -General Biology I and II with Labs  (8 semester hours)
    -Anatomy and Physiology I and II or equivalent with labs (8 semester hours)
    -Microbiology with Lab (4 semester hours)
    -Statistics (3 semester hours)
    -Psychology (3 semester hours)
    -English Composition or other writing intensive course (3 semester hours)
             One Chemistry and one Biology Science within five years.
             All lab courses must be hands on.
  • 1000 hours of responsible health care experience (more information)
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Completion of the GRE
  • Internet-based TOEFL Score > 100 or equivalent (if applicable)
  • Application through the Centralized Application Process for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA)
  • Supplemental application with $60.00 fee
  • Interview (by invitation)
  • Accepted applicants must meet Technical Standards for Physician Assistant Students

*NOTE: Applicants must have completed all admission requirements (including health care experience) at the time of their application.

For more information, contact:

Center for Physician Assistant Studies
Albany Medical College
47 New Scotland Ave. MC-4
Albany, NY 12208-3412

Telephone: 518-262-5251
Fax: 518-262-0484

Alternative Admissions Pathways:

The Center for Physician Assistant Studies has  early assurance admissions for college seniors and/or BS/MS joint programs for high school graduates with the following schools:

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS)*

Russell Sage College (RSC)*

University at Albany (UAlbany)

Siena College*

SUNY College at Oneonta*

*Please contact the admissions office of the appropriate school if interested in these joint programs.