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Methodist University: Physician Assistant

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Program: 27 months (131 credit hours), admits 40 students, and starts in Mid-August. 98% PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate

Application: Apply between Mid-April through Mid-January - program admits students on a rolling basis.

In-State and Out-of-State Tuition (total): $82,201. This does not include additional costs/fees, which can range from $5,000 to over $12,000.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.44
  • Average prerequisites GPA: 3.58
  • Average GRE Scores: Quantitative and Verbal - 305; Analytical - Info not listed
  • Average health care experience: 3,700 hours
  • Three letters of recommendation: Must come from:
    • A professor or advisor within the science department of your university
    • Medical personnel with whom you have worked with in a clinical setting (i.e supervising physician, nurse, etc.). If you are shadowing a PA, Physician, or NP they must write a letter of recommendation for you.
    • Additional professional employer. If not applicable, you may submit an additional letter from another professor or medical co-worker/ supervisor.


  • Microbiology with lab - 4 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab - 4 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 240)
  • 2 additional animal/human Biology courses* - 8 semester hours
  • General Chemistry I and II with lab - 8 semester hours (UNCW: CHM/L 101 and CHM/L 102)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with lab** - 8 semester hours (UNCW: CHM/L 211 and CHM/L 212)
  • Biochemistry** - 3 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 465)
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)
  • 2 semesters of Psychology - 6 semester hours (UNCW: PSY 105 and other)
  • Medical Terminology*** - 1 semester (UNCW: ATR 470)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.

*Examples of additional Biology courses that have counted for applicants: Principles/Foundations of Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology II, Cell Biology, Genetics, Cell Physiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Medical Microbiology, Developmental Biology, etc. Courses in ecology, nutrition or physical education will not fulfill this requirement

**Biochemistry and Organic Chemistries may not be combined into one course. All three courses (Org I, Org II, and Biochemistry) must be taken. No substitutions are allowed (i.e. Biochemistry will not count in the place of Organic Chemistry II if the applicant has not taken Organic Chemistry II).

***Applicants must receive a grade or Pass/Fail credit for Medical Terminology. CME credit or a certificate in Medical Terminology is not acceptable.