Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements  

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • A minimum of an earned bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution OR equivalent.
    If the degree was earned outside of the U.S. applicants MUST:
    • Submit official transcripts in the language of instruction and an official English translation for evaluation by either WES for ECE to the NAU Graduate College no later than September 1. WES or ECE evaluation fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
    • Complete prerequisite courses (see below) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
    • Demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores with a minimum score of 100 on the iBT (Internet Based Testing) and a minimum of 26 on the speaking component.
  • Overall and science course GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least 40 credits of science courses completed at the time of application
  • Minimum of 9 credits of science courses completed in the last five years
  • A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care with no more than 20 hours of shadowing experience counted toward the 500 hours. Both volunteer and paid experiences are acceptable. Please refer to FAQ for additional information regarding direct patient care experience.
  • Submission of GRE scores at the time of application to the program. Beginning with the April, 2017 cycle, official GRE scores must be submitted to CASPA. See FAQ for details. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, submitted via the CASPA application.
Prerequisite Coursework
  • Two courses in chemistry (such as general, inorganic, organic, or biochemistry)
  • One course in anatomy AND one course in physiology OR two sequential combined anatomy and physiology courses (assuring that all body systems have been covered)
  • One course in statistics (e.g., biostatistics, educational stats, general stats, finance stats)
  • One course in microbiology
  • One hands-on science lab course (NOT online)
  • Four upper division science courses (level 300 or above)

Other recommended coursework  

College level courses (not survey courses) in:

    • Biochemistry
    • Immunology
    • Organic chemistry
    • Genetics
    • Psychology (Abnormal, Developmental, Personality or Social) 

Applicants who have completed a minimum of 50 hours of science credits will be the most competitive.



All prerequisite courses, a minimum of 40 science credits, official GRE scores, 500 hours of hands-on experience, MUST be completed at the time of application.  The degree must be completed prior to matriculation. Note: All official transcripts MUST be received by CASPA on or before the September 1 deadline.


Preference factors 

The university publishes a non-discriminatory policy in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and consistent with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.

Additionally, in accordance with the PA program mission and goals, the program will give preference to applicants who indicate a high potential for remaining in the state of Arizona to work following graduation as well as individuals from targeted populations defined by our HRSA Primary Care Training Grant.  This includes individuals who are first generation college students, economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, underrepresented populations, military veterans, and those from rural backgrounds.

Advanced placement

The Northern Arizona University PA Program does not grant advanced placement for any students.


Both the CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) and the NAU Graduate College application must be completed by September 1 for consideration.

The application cycle begins mid-April and closes September 1 each year.

Transcript Evaluation

Students interested in tracking their progress toward PA Program requirement fulfillment should evaluate their own transcripts using the Admissions/Transcript Evaluation Form.

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