Admission FAQs

  • I have taken a specific course, but I am unsure if it meets a specific prerequisite. What should I do?

    All WSU PA Studies admission information can be found on the program's admissions page. Please consult this page for all admission information.

  • From whom should I get a recommendation?

    You should obtain a recommendation from a work supervisor who can comment on the direct hands on patient care that you provide. The other two recommendations should come from other individuals who know you well. You may get recommendations from a PA, M.D. or D.O., or other health professional, but they should be familiar with the role of the PA.

  • Will you accept MCATs instead of the GRE?

    No; all applicants need to complete the GRE.

  • Do I need to take a subject test for the GRE?

    No; only the general test of the GRE is required. The GRE must be taken within the last five years from the deadline date of the application. This applies even if the student holds a master's, doctoral, or other advanced academic degree.

  • Can I finish my prerequisite courses in the semester prior to admission to the Spring/Summer semester at WSU?

    No; all prerequisite courses must be completed by the September 1 application deadline. The WSU PA Studies program begins in May of each year. Submit any questions to

  • Does my bachelor's degree have to be completed before I apply to your program?

    You may submit your CASPA application to the program without having completed the bachelor's degree, as long as you will complete the degree prior to the start of the physician assistant program. Submit any questions to

  • Do you accept course work from other colleges or universities?

    Yes, we accept undergraduate coursework from all accredited schools and universities for consideration of prerequisite and cumulative GPA. Coursework completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by Wayne State University approved transcript evaluation service. See the college's transcript evaluation guide for more information.

  • How do I get an application?

    Applications are available May 1 each year through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The WSU PA Studies program only accepts applications submitted through CASPA. Addiitionally, students must submit an online application to the WSU Graduate School. Both applications must be completed and submitted by September 1 in order to be considered for admission to the program.

  • What kind of health care experience are you looking for?

    To be considered, the 500 hours of direct, hands-on patient care experience must fulfill the following criteria: the work experience must involve the applicant's use of medical terminology on a regular basis; the applicant must apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in their direct, hands-on patient care experience in a health care setting; and the experience must involve familiarity of medical documentation and patient education.

    It is preferable that students have direct patient care experience in settings such as hospitals or clinics. Some examples of experience include, but are not limited to, EMT or paramedic, health educator, RN, patient care attendant or nurse's aide, clinic assistant, physical therapy or occupational therapy aide, exercise physiologist, international health care volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, medical technologist, therapist, clinical research assistant, etc.

    Some examples of experience not acceptable are as follows: PA or physician observer or shadow (in lieu of other direct hands- on health care experience), non-clinical research assistant positions, student clinical experience (student nurse, student EMT, student athletic trainer, or other health care student), student "intern" experiences, candy striper or junior volunteer positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, home health aide, wilderness medicine instructor, patient transporter, pharmaceutical representative, pharmacy technician, ski patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, patient sitter, medical secretary or other clerical positions.

    It is not required of applicants to have this experience as part of a paid position; but it is strongly encouraged. Please note that the minimum hours are just that — a minimum. Most individuals selected for the program greatly exceed this minimum.

  • How should I prepare if I am invited to an interview?

    Visit the websites for the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants to obtain information about the PA profession.

    Applicants should be able to articulate their answers to these four questions:
    1. What made you decide to pursue a career in physician assistant studies?
    2. What preparation have you had to become a physician assistant?
    3. What made you choose Wayne State University's Physician Assistant Studies Program?
    4. Assuming you complete the Physician Assistant Studies program at Wayne State University, what professional goals do you hope to achieve?
  • What kind of student are you looking for? Is there a specific profile?

    There is no specific profile. However, we aim for students whose goals are aligned with the mission of our program, having beliefs and actions consistent with professionalism in medicine, an academic record reflective of high achievement, hands on direct patient care experience high on quality and quantity, favorable recommendations, leadership and commitment to community service, and the motivation to study intensively for long hours!