​​​​​​​​Undergraduate Degree 

The PA Program at CMU is designed for students who have already received their baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited institution, or are in their final year of undergraduate studies. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 is required.

Prerequisite Courses & Equivalencies

  • A minimum 3.0 grade point or above is required in EACH prerequisite course  
  • No more than two prerequisite courses can be outstanding at the time of application
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31 of the application year
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed within six years at the time of application or they must be retaken
  • CLEP exam scores are subject to the Registrar's evaluation and credit approval
  • Advance Placement (AP) is subject to the PA Program Director's approval  
  • Credit/no credit is not an option for any prerequisite course requirement
  • Please be advised, while the PA Program at CMU requires specific courses as prerequisites for enrollment, those prerequisites will not "substitute for more advanced applied content within the professional component of the program" (ARC-PA standard B2.01, 2014, p. 16, http://www.arc-pa.org/acc_standards).

See course equivalencies from other institutions.


CMU Equivalent

Anatomy w/Lab

BIO 337 OR HSC 214

Physiology w/Lab

BIO 392 OR HSC 215


HSC 411

Microbiology (with or without lab) BIO 208

General Chemistry w/Lab

CHM 120 & 127 OR CHM 131 & 132

Organic Chemistry

CHM 342 OR CHM 345, 346 and 349


CHM 421 OR CHM 425

Introductory Psychology

PSY 100

Developmental Psychology
(from birth through old age)

PSY 220


STA 82, PSY 211, HSC 544 or BIO 500

Direct Patient Care Experience

A minimum of 500 direct patient care hours are required.  Of the 500 hours, 100 hours must be "paid for" hours and the remainder can be volunteer hours.  It is recommended that students obtain direct patient care hours in different medical settings, e.g., hospice, assisted living facility, hospital, underserved areas/countries, etc.  To obtain strong direct patient care experience, students should become certified, e.g., as a paramedic, nurse's aide, phlebotomist, medical assistant, radiologic technologist, EKG tech, EMT (I or Basic), LPN, etc.  All direct patient care hours must be completed by the application deadline, which is September 1.

The following experiences are NOT accepted toward the 500 hours of direct patient care experience:  Scribe hours, pharmacy technician, dental assistant, lab tech, job shadowing a PA or physician, camp counselors, clerical work, charting, observing procedures, or greeting patients.

The Listening Ear in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is a resource for direct patient care experience opportunities. They frequently seek CNA applicants.


The CMU PA Core Faculty Committee extensively evaluates each applicant's credentials and selects candidates for a formal interview. Interviews may take place from August through December. Admission into the PA Program will not be awarded without a formal interview.

Technical Standards

All candidates interviewing for admission and students admitted into the PA Program at CMU are expected to demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the Technical Standards. These Technical Standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout a student's participation in the program. Click on ​Technical Standards​ for more information.