PA Program Admission

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PA Program Admission

When and How to Apply

Applications will be accepted beginning April 26, 2018 through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the cohort starting January 2019.

Admission Preferences

The CBU PA program gives additional consideration to applicants who meet all basic admission requirements and one or more of the following:

  • Metro Memphis residents and those living in the Mid-South
  • CBU students and graduates
  • Applicants with service in the armed forces
  • Applicants with health care exposure and/or experience
  • Applicants who have successfully completed upper-division advanced science courses with a grade of B or better

Admission Requirements

Please note that the CBU PA program does not accept transfer or part-time students.

The CBU PA program does not grant advanced placement for prior completion of PA program courses or like courses completed at other schools, experiences in the medical field, and other degrees earned in medicine or other health-related fields.

Work or clinical experience is not required, although preference may be given to applicants with clinical experience or exposure.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    You may apply to the program prior to earning a Baccalaureate degree and prior to completion of all prerequisite courses. If conditionally accepted, you must earn a Baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the program or your seat will be automatically forfeited.
  2. GPA requirements
    Cumulative 3.0 or higher; prerequisite science courses 3.0 or higher
  3. Course prerequisites
    A grade of “C” or better is needed; the repeat grade will be used to calculate GPA if a course is repeated. You may apply to the program prior to completion of all prerequisite courses. If conditionally accepted, you must complete all prerequisite courses with satisfactory grades prior to the start of the program or your seat will be automatically forfeited.
    • General Biology I and II with labs
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (will accept 1 semester of anatomy and 1 semester of physiology with labs)
    • Microbiology with lab
    • General Chemistry I and II with labs
    • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
    • Statistics
    • Psychology
    • Medical Terminology
  4. Official transcripts
    Submit official transcripts through CASPA.
  5. References
    You must provide two (2) references through CASPA. References will only be accepted through CASPA.
  6. Interview
    An interview is required for consideration of admission into the program. Competitive applicants will be offered a day-long interview. If offered an interview, you will be notified in writing what interview days are available. The potential to achieve a career as a PA will weigh strongly in the admission decision. Interviewed applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview. Interviewed applicants will be accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted, or denied. Offers will be extended on a rolling admissions basis.

International Applicant Admission Requirements

  1. Transcript interpretation by WES
    International transcripts must be evaluated through WES (University requirement), with results sent to CASPA when you are completing the CASPA application. Do not send the results directly to the PA program, unless directed to do so.
  2. Minimum TOEFL score
    The PA program will also require TOEFL scores for international applications. Minimum TOEFL scores are 577 for the paper version, 230 for the computer-based test, and 90 for the Internet-based test; or IELTS of 6.5. Please follow all other university guidelines and requirements for international applicants. To inquire about any additional university international application processes or requirements, please contact the Dean of Academic Services and Faculty Development, Cory Major, at or call (901) 321-3758.

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fees must be paid in accordance with university policy. Failure to do so can result in dismissal from the university. For the matriculating class of 2018, if the PA program does not earn accreditation, deposits, tuition, and fees paid for the PA program will be refunded.

Seat Deposit Fee

All accepted students must pay a non-refundable $750 seat deposit fee within two weeks of receiving an acceptance letter.

Requirements of Accepted Applicants

Prerequisite Screenings

If you are accepted into the program, you have to pass several background and health-related screenings. Information gathered from these screenings must match the information you supplied on your application. You will be responsible for the costs of the screenings.

If you are unable to pass, do not complete all of the screenings, or falsify information on your application, your seat will be automatically forfeited and your seat deposit will not be refunded. Further details about the screenings will be provided on acceptance.

Screenings include:

  • Level-1 Background Check
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Drug Screening
  • Medical Clearance
    Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must undergo a physical examination, immunizations and/or titers, TB testing, and completion of Health Forms prior to the start of the program. Requirements will be based on current CDC guidelines for healthcare workers. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Under no circumstance will students be permitted to participate in clinical experiences without medical clearance. This can have a significant impact on course grades associated with clinical experiences and, ultimately, lead to dismissal from the program.

Health Insurance

Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must provide proof of personal health insurance and maintain the insurance throughout the entire program. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Failure to comply while in the program can result in a delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.


You must have your own mode of transportation while enrolled in the program. All students are expected to participate in all assigned clinical experiences during the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Required rotations can occur outside of the Memphis region.

Technical Standards Requirement

All students must meet the technical standards requirement of the PA program.

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