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Master of Science

We're excited that you're interested in the Physician Assistant program at Bethel University. If you have questions about any requirements, contact our admissions team.

Here's how you apply:

Step 1 - Check application requirements and prerequisites

You must meet these requirements to be eligible for the program. All academic requirements must be fulfilled through a regionally accredited institution.

  • 250 Hours Healthcare Experience
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale overall and 3.25 or higher science GPA
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution
  • Meet Program Technical Standards**
  • Prerequisite: Biochemistry
  • Prerequisite: Genetics (3 credit minimum)
  • Prerequisite: Human Anatomy (3 credit minimum, taken in the last five years)
  • Prerequisite: Human Physiology (3 credit minimum, taken in the last five years)
  • Prerequisite: Microbiology (3 credit minimum, taken in the last five years)
  • Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry
  • Prerequisite: Psychology (3 credit minimum)
  • Prerequisite: Statistics (3 credit minimum)

Note: If you took any courses for Pass/Fail during the January through May 2020 semester, you are still invited to apply, but additional documentation may be required.

Step 2 - Apply

Bethel's physician assistant program continues to run during the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome applications and any questions you may have about the upcoming application cycle. See CASPA or contact our enrollment team for more details. We will keep applicants informed of any changes, if necessary.  

You'll apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants).

CASPA Application opens: Late April 2021

CASPA Application deadline: August 1, 2021

Classes begin: June 7, 2021

The components of the CASPA application are:

  • Official College Transcripts
  • Bethel PA Questionnaire ($50 fee)
  • Two Professional References

Get started on your CASPA application

Step 3 - Interview with program representatives

Interview invitations are extended to those applicants that the selection committee perceives to be competitive for admissions. The interviews are in early October; the exact dates are determined by the program and will be communicated with candidates in the offer to interview.

When evaluating candidate's readiness and overall fit with the Bethel PA program, members of the selection committee consider these characteristics of high value:

  • Academic achievement
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership experience
  • Community service experience
  • Compassion
  • Personal integrity
  • Maturity
  • Recommendations of advisors, employers and professors
  • Motivation for career in healthcare and prior experience in the healthcare field

  • Criminal Background Check

Step 4 - Complete enrollment requirements

Instructions for enrollment requirements will be provided by the PA program after acceptance. Enrollment requirements include:

  • Non-refundable tuition deposit ($500)
  • Criminal background check*
  • Health screening**
  • 2-step Mantoux test
  • Proof of health insurance

  *Certain offenses may preclude graduates from becoming licensed as a physician assistant and/or may limit clinical placement options.

**All students must receive approval from their care provider of the technical standards (pdf) prior to starting the program.

Accreditation and Program Goals

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

Learn more about the PA program's accreditation, program goals, attrition rate, and first time graduate performance on certification exam.

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