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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
  • Earned BA or BS degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale overall and 3.25 or higher science GPA
  • Meet Program Technical Standards**
  • Prerequisite: Biochemistry
  • 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: Physics (3 credit minimum)
  • Prerequisite: Psychology (3 credit minimum)
  • Prerequisite: Statistics (3 credit minimum)

Step 2 - Apply

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

To apply, please note that PA applications are processed through an external company's web-based application, CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) only.

CASPA Application opens: April 27, 2016

CASPA Application deadline: August 1, 2016

Classes begin: June, 2017

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 representative

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

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 ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Learn more about the PA program's accreditation, program goals, and Graduate Performance on Certification Exam.

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