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Pre-requisite Coursework

Applicants must complete the following courses prior to matriculation. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed from a regionally accredited institution (no equivalency will be accepted).

  1. Human Anatomy with lab (recommended that course be completed within 5 years of application date), minimum 4 semester credits.
  2. Human Physiology with lab (recommended that course be completed within 5 years of application date), minimum 4 semester credits.
  3. If you have taken a combined Anatomy & Physiology course, you must have two or more semesters (each with lab).
  4. Microbiology (recommended that course be completed within 5 years of application date), minimum 3 credits.
  5. Biochemistry – minimum 3 credits
  6. College algebra or statistics - minimum 3 credits
  7. Medical Terminology  

GPA requirements

The applicant must have achieved a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average overall (3.00 or higher strongly recommended) and a minimum 2.75 cumulative science grade point average (3.00 or higher strongly recommended) on a 4.00 scale.

Advanced Standing

No advanced standing is provided

Admissions Timeline and CASPA

Applications must be submitted through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (  Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time.

The CASPA application cycle begins in Mid-April of the academic year preceding the year in which the applicant plans to matriculate. Applicants must submit a completed application to CASPA by the Sept. 1 deadline. All secondary applications must be verified by Nov. 1st to be considered.

Program enrollment is based on a rolling admissions policy. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  Due to limited number of seats in the Program, applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Interviews are awarded on a competitive basis.  Admission to the program is made based on multiple criteria.

General Admission Requirements

Candidates accepted for admission to the ASHS PA Program will have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (no equivalency will be accepted).

Applicants are expected to be computer literate. All coursework requires extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants will be provided laptop specifications.

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from professionals:

  1. Employer or supervisor
  2. Health Care Practitioner (Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner)
  3. Science Faculty Member.

Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation.

Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed CASPA application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant will be notified by email to submit a secondary fee for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application is forwarded to the program for consideration.

NOTE: Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or email address.  All requests for withdrawing an application must be done in writing via email, fax, or letter.

Applicants are encouraged to check all email folders in the rare event our email is filtered into a spam or junk mail folder.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain patient care experience, sufficient to recognize the physical & psychological demands of dealing with patients and to appreciate the challenges and rewards of being a healthcare professional. 

Applicants must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. You may find information on the methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency in the General Admissions section.  International Admissions Requirements

Applicants who are considered potential candidates must visit ASHS to participate in an applicant interview process.

The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is NOT required

Please see the Policies, Procedures and Didactic Student Program Guide to review the Technical Standards for Admission. 

A minimum of 100 community service hours is strongly recommended.