Admissions requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an accredited institution by application due date
  • 3.0 minimum overall GPA 
  • 3.0 minimum prerequisite GPA
  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
    Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade in the Winter 2020 semester. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the grading institution's policy is a C or better to receive a Pass. If the school accepts C- or below as a Pass, students will be required to submit a letter from the instructor documenting what the grade earned would have been (in the case of WSU courses, since we can view that grade in the system, such a letter will not be required). 
  • All prerequisite coursework must be complete by the end of December prior to the application deadline. 
  • All math and science prerequisite coursework must be completed within the last six years. Six-year rule waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Due to the current pandemic, the shadowing portion of the application is being waived for the 2021 application cycle; however, all applicants are still required to have a comprehensive understanding of the PA profession. Typically, applicants are required to have:
    • A minimum of eight hours of shadowing experience in a surgical lab setting (It is the student's responsibility to locate shadowing experiences).
    • A minimum of five hours (or one autopsy) in a medical examiner setting (It is the student's responsibility to locate shadowing experiences). 
  • TOEFL exam if English is not your first language
  • WES course-by-course evaluation of all foreign transcripts
  • Attend one monthly Information Meeting at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences within one year of application. For meeting details: http://cphs.wayne.edu/admissions/before-you-apply.php.  Out-of-state candidates, please contact the office for information.
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Completion of a personal interview with Admissions Committee (by invitation only)

Prerequisite requirements

The following prerequisite courses must be completed by December 30:

  • Biology (higher than BIO 1050) – two courses
  • Microbiology with lab – one course
  • Anatomy & Physiology with lab – one course
  • General Chemistry with lab – one course
  • Organic Chemistry and/or Biochemistry – one course
  • Mathematics (MAT 1000 or higher) or Statistics – one course
  • English Composition – one course

Questions about prerequisite course equivalencies?

Applicants are highly encouraged to have their completed prerequisite courses evaluated by an EACPHS Office of Student Affairs advisor in order to have assurance of appropriate prerequisite coursework completion.

Please use the online transcript evaluation request form. Select Pathologists' Assistant from the list and upload the completed form, ALL unofficial transcripts, and any additional information (CLEP, AP scores, etc.). The evaluation of transcripts should be done early in your application process, in order to have enough time to take additional courses if needed.

Six-year time limit waiver consideration

A course waiver will be considered for those science courses completed greater than six years prior to the time of application.  Time waivers are considered for those applicants who, at the time of application, can demonstrate how their current employment allows them to use the content of the course for which the waiver is being requested. Applicants must contact the program director and request a course waiver consideration by addressing the following in their request:

  1. the name, course number, institution, name of the course(s) to be waived, semester/year course was taken
  2. a detailed explanation of how, in their current employment, the content of the course is being applied. Specific employment duties must be referenced as they relate to the principles and objectives of the course. 

Shadowing experiences

Applicants must have a minimum of eight hours of shadow experience in a surgical lab/gross room setting. The eight hours do not need to be consecutive, in the same lab setting, or with the same individual. Shadowing forms for each shadowing experience must be provided.

Surgical shadowing form

Applicants must observe a minimum of one forensic autopsy, or observe a forensic autopsy for a minimum of 5 hours. The shadow experience does not need to be an "in-the-room" type of experience. A "behind the glass" or observation/viewing room experience is acceptable. Shadowing forms for each shadowing experience must be provided. 

Forensic shadowing form

It is the applicants' responsibility to secure all shadowing experiences. More information on how to secure these experiences are detailed during the information meeting. All shadowing taken within 2 years prior to application will be considered as long as the shadowing form indicates the dates/times.