The following admission requirements are intended to serve as a guide for those students interested in applying to the Physician Assistant Program at Central Michigan University.

The deadline for application to the program beginning May 2020 is September 1, 2019. Any application that is received or incomplete after that date will render the applicant ineligible for consideration for this cycle. 

A complete application consists of the following:

  • A complete and verified CASPA application
  • Our supplemental application and fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • The general CASPA essay
  • Verification of the required minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA
  • Documentation of at least 500 paid direct patient care hours
Please understand that meeting these minimum requirements simply qualifies you for further consideration; it does not guarantee an interview.

Bachelor's Degree

To be considered for admission, students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution. Students may apply while their degree is in progress; however, degree completion and final transcripts are required prior to enrollment into the PA Program.

Grade Point Requirement

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required at the time of application.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • A minimum 3.0 grade point is required in every prerequisite course.
  • No more than two prerequisite courses can be outstanding at the time of application.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed within the six years prior to the time of the application. Classes older than that 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 will not be accepted for any prerequisite course requirement.

Waiver of Courses and Transfer Credit(s) for Courses

A waiver of the six-year requirement, or grade requirement, for a prerequisite course may be requested by the applicant if 1) there is a continuous employment history that would demonstrate knowledge of the course content, or 2) the applicant has a B grade or better, within the last six years, in a more advanced course in the same subject. Knowledge-based testing does not satisfy any of the prerequisites. All waiver requests must be sent electronically to the attention of Clint Fitzpatrick, CMU, CHP Graduate Admissions, The waiver must be approved by the Program Director.

See course equivalencies from other institutions.

PA Prerequisite Accepted course(s) at CMU
Anatomy lecture and labBIO 337 OR HSC 214
Physiology lecture and labBIO 392 OR HSC 215
PathophysiologyHSC 411
Microbiology (with or without lab)BIO 208 OR BIO 320
Biochemistry (with or without lab)CHM 421 OR CHM 425
Developmental Psychology
(from birth through old age)
PSY 220

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and all three must be submitted via CASPA, in accordance with CASPA guidelines, and received by our application deadline. CASPA will process an application and deem it "complete" with only two letters of recommendation received.

Direct Patient Care Experience

A minimum of 500 hours of paid experience involving direct patient care hours are required. 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 are encouraged to obtain certification credentials, e.g., paramedic, nurse's aide, phlebotomist, medical assistant, radiologic technologist, EKG tech, EMT (I or Basic), LPN, dental hygienist, or clinical laboratorians (the student MUST be performing phlebotomy, assisting with bone marrow aspirations/biopsy and must have direct patient interaction, not just with their specimens), and behavioral health technician. All required direct patient care hours must be completed by the application deadline.

Northern Michigan University (NMU) Articulation Agreement

Statement of Agreement: The PA Program of Central Michigan University (CMU) agrees to admit up to four (4) suitably-qualified and duly-enrolled full-time students from Northern Michigan University (NMU) to the PA Program who satisfy all of the criteria. 

Central Michigan University

All CMU students that apply to the PA Program and meet all the admission requirements, will be guaranteed an interview.

Applicants who are current students at Central Michigan University or have earned a baccalaureate degree from CMU will receive the following preference: applicants who meet all requirements will receive an interview.

International Students

An international student is defined as a student who is not a United States citizen or a student who has educational credentials from outside the United States. All applicants with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of their academic qualifications to CMU and CASPA using one of the following agencies: WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or Josef Silny & Associates. This evaluation will be used to determine eligibility for admission to CMU. Note: Canadian students are excluded from providing a foreign evaluation; however, official transcripts must be sent to CASPA.

All international applicants are expected to understand and meet all other eligibility requirements for admission to CMU's PA Program. International applicants apply ONLY to CASPA.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Scores

All students who are not citizens of a TOEFL-exempt country must submit a satisfactory test score on the TOEFL or IELTS. Score requirements: 79 or 6.5 on the TOEFL/IELTS for regular admission, 61-78 or 5.5 and 6.0 for conditional admissions. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please reference the Graduate Bulletin.

Technical Standards

The Technical Standards set forth by the PA Program establish the essential qualities and abilities one must possess to achieve the knowledge, skills, and levels of competency required for the completion of the program. These Technical Standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout the program. If a student is unable to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodations at any time, the student may be asked to leave the program.

Students must:

  • Have the mental capacity to assimilate and learn large volumes of complex, technically detailed information; to perform clinical problem solving; to synthesize and apply concepts and information from different disciplines to formulate diagnostic and therapeutic judgments, and to be able to distinguish significant deviations from the norm from insignificant deviation from the norm.
  • Possess sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations utilizing accepted medical techniques; possess the requisite abilities, including sufficient muscle control of the hands and upper extremities, to learn and perform common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in an efficient fashion; to have the ability to use accepted medical equipment and instruments and to ensure safe and expeditious treatment for patients.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and to communicate diagnostic and treatment information effectively to patients and colleagues.
  • Have the ability to record examination and diagnostic results clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
  • Have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.

Students are required to notify the program if any changes arise that will prohibit them from meeting these Technical Standards. The Student Disability Services Office will evaluate a student who states he/she will require accommodations to meet the program's Technical Standards and will confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. The University will evaluate whether the accommodation 1) is reasonable and 2) would jeopardize patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework and internships deemed essential for graduation. The Student Disability Services Office and the PA Program will jointly decide what accommodations are suitable and/or possible.

Contact Information

Should you have questions, need additional information, or would like to schedule a visit, please contact us via email at or contact the CHP Graduate Admissions Office at 989-774-1730. Include the following information: your name, telephone number, and the best day(s)/time(s) to reach you. If you would like for us to send you our initial PA Program materials, please include your regular home mailing address.