School of Health Professions

Prerequisites for PA Program

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COVID-19 Accommodations

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCM PA Program will accept online laboratory courses completed in the Spring of 2020, Summer of 2020, Fall of 2020, Spring of 2021, Summer of 2021 and Fall of 2021. Beginning Spring 2022, all laboratory courses must be completed in person as per our prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite coursework must be completed for a grade and at a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you have extenuating circumstances, please email paprogram@bcm.edu.

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Requirements for applying for admission to the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program are presented below. Questions regarding prerequisite requirements will ONLY be answered via email. Admissions questions cannot be answered via telephone. Please allow two weeks after receipt of your email for a response from our program.

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Degree

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Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Students enrolled in their senior year of college are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed in May of the year of enrollment.

If you hold an international degree and are applying to our program, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution.

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Grade Point Average

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Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 overall science and 3.2 overall GPA on a scale where “A” equals 4.0 to be considered in the admissions process.

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English Language Testing for International Applicants

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International applicants whose native language is not English must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Satisfactory TOEFL performances are: [1] a total score of 80 with at least a score of 20 on each section of the Internet-based test, or [2] a total score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on the Listening Comprehensive section of the computer-based test. Satisfactory IELTS performance requires scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band score. Information about the TOEFL, including testing dates and locations can be obtained from the Educational Testing Services (ETS). Official scores must be received by CASPA prior to the Aug. 1 deadline.

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Course-Specific Requirements

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All applicants must complete the below science and non-science course prerequisites by May of the year of enrollment. The minimum prerequisite courses cannot be waived and must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or higher. Science courses taken must be designated for science majors (NOT nursing, allied health, kinesiology, or exercise science majors).

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BCM PA Program Admission Prerequisites

BCM PA Program Admission Prerequisites

Semester Credit Hours

Biological Science*

 

Anatomy with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

Physiology with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

     OR Anatomy &Physiology I/II with labs 8 semester / 10 quarter

Microbiology with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

Genetics

3 semester / 4 quarter

Chemistry*

 

General Chemistry I with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

General Chemistry II with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

Organic Chemistry with lab

4 semester / 5 quarter

Non-Science**

 

Psychology or Sociology

3 semester / 4 quarter

Expository Writing/English Composition

3 semester / 4 quarter

Statistics (must include Analysis of Variance/ANOVA)

3 semester / 4 quarter

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*All science courses MUST be intended for science majors ONLY (NOT nursing, allied health, kinesiology, or exercise science majors). No exceptions.

  • Minimum required coursework cannot be waived.
  • AP credit for prerequisite coursework will NOT be accepted. No exceptions.
  • *Prerequisite science coursework cannot be more than 7 years-old & **non-science coursework cannot be more than 10 years-old as of the application deadline of August 1st.
  • Coursework can ONLY be approved in writing by the BCM PA Program, not CASPA or any other entity. Please email paprogram@bcm.edu with inquiries.
  • Upper-level coursework may be considered as substitution for general chemistry. Please email paprogram@bcm.edu.
  • All laboratory prerequisites must be done in person, not through distance learning (with exception: labs completed online between Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 will be accepted).
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Self-Appraisal Checklist

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NEW: You can self-appraise your level of preparation with regard to each admissions prerequisite by downloading the  Self-Appraisal Checklist.

Please note: Distance learning or online courses obtained through accredited institutions in the United States are recognized to meet prerequisite requirements. Required laboratory sections cannot be completed online (with the exception of online labs accepted between Spring 2020 and Fall 2021 due to COVID). We do not accept AP or transfer credit for any prerequisite requirement. All courses listed are in semester credit hours or equivalent quarter hours

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Prerequisite Course Eligibility

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Courses completed while attending a regionally accredited U.S. College or University that are submitted in fulfillment of non-science course prerequisites must be no more than ten (10) years old based upon the application deadline of Aug. 1. Courses submitted in fulfillment of the science course prerequisites must be no more than seven (7) years old as of the Aug. 1 application deadline. AP credit is not accepted unless resulted in a letter grade on your official transcript (not just credit for a prerequisite course).

Individuals applying for admission to the PA Program, who have completed their education outside the United States, are required to do two things if admitted and prior to enrollment. First, they must enroll in and receive transfer credit AND a bachelor's degree or above at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Second, candidates who received a bachelor's degree or above from a college or other academic institution outside the United States must complete all prerequisite coursework at an accredited U.S. college or university prior to applying for admission to the PA Program. Failure to complete these requirements by enrollment will result in the withdrawal of admission offer.

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Healthcare Experience and Shadowing Hours

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Healthcare experience, patient care experience, and shadowing hours are not required for application. These hours will be considered in the holistic application review process but are not required for admission consideration or enrollment.

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Supplemental Fee Payment

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Payment for the supplemental fee (see link below) must be received by midnight Aug. 1. If you have not already paid your supplemental fee from the direct link in your CASPA application, you may pay by following the instructions in the link below.

Questions concerning your Supplemental Fee should be directed to the Baylor Physician Assistant Program at paprogram@bcm.edu.

Baylor College of Medicine Supplemental Fee Payment

 

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BLS Certification

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The course leading to certification must follow either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines and must be a healthcare provider level BLS course. Online courses without practical experience are not acceptable. Current BLS certification must be valid through June of the year following matriculation.

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Preferences

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Though not required, applicants seeking entry to the Baylor PA Program are strongly encouraged to complete a medical terminology course prior to matriculation as the technical language of medicine can initially alter one’s reading speed and rate of comprehension. Applicants are likewise encouraged to develop the skills required to use basic computer hardware and software programs along with Internet search strategies as much of the curriculum is accessed via an online course management system.