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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 team.

Bethel PA Student Profile

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

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, CHE300, CHE388 or CHE396


(within last 5 years*)

BIO230 or BIO234
Physics 3 PHY102, PHY202, PHY206, PHY292 or PHY296 
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
Genetics 3 BIO332
Pharmacology 3 BIO244 or BIO248
  • 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
  • If an international applicant, please see additional international requirements

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 certifying examination results.

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