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We're excited that you're interested in the M.S. in Physician Assistant program at Bethel. If you have questions about any requirements, contact our admissions teamThe following prerequisites are reflective of the 2019 application cycle for matriculation in Summer 2020.

Bethel PA Student Profile

Find more information (pdf) on our Bethel PA student profile.

Application Requirements

  • 250 Hours Healthcare Experience
  • Earned B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • Minimal GPA requirement of 3.25 overall and 3.25 overall science on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA
  • Meet Program Technical Standards
  • Any candidate meeting all application requirements with a bachelor's degree or master's degree from Bethel University will be granted an interview.
  • Any candidate meeting all application requirements with a U.S. Military Veteran status will be granted an interview.
  • If an international applicant, please see additional international requirements
  • The GRE or any standardized entrance exam is NOT required for application or admission to the Bethel PA program.

Required Prerequisites

Applicants must have successfully completed the following prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of B- or higher. 

Course Minimum Semester Credit Hours Bethel Equivalent (courses don't need to be taken at Bethel)
Human Anatomy


(within last 5 years*)

BIO214, BIO224 or BIO409
Human Physiology


(within last 5 years*)

BIO216 or BIO226

Organic Chemistry


CHE224 or CHE226

Biochemistry 3 BIO388, CHE304, CHE388 or CHE396


(within last 5 years*)

BIO230 or BIO234
Genetics 3 BIO332
3 HUSE305, PSY100, PSY203 or PSY300
Statistics 3 HAS250M, MAT131M, MAT207M, PSY230M or PSYC335M

Five of the 8 required prerequisites must be completed at time of application. Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed with transcripts received at Bethel by March 1 in the year of matriculation. 

Students must complete all required prerequisite courses by March 1 in the year of matriculation, earning a minimum grade of B- in each course.

Score of 4 or 5 on a high school advanced placement exam will be considered for a waiver of the non-science prerequisites only (psychology and statistics). All other required prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.

*Waiver of the 5-year rule may be granted for these 3 courses for candidates with documented academic excellence and appropriate clinical experience. Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Microbiology courses taken 10 years ago or more will not count toward these prerequisites.

Recommended Prerequisites

Course Semester Credit Hours
Bethel Equivalent (courses don't need to be taken at Bethel)
Ethics 3 GES420P, PHI110N or PHIL325H
Pathophysiology 3 BIO244 or BIO248
Physics 3 PHY102, PHY202, PHY206, PHY292 or PHY296 
Pharmacology 3 BIO244 or BIO248

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.

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

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