Program Requirements and Prerequisites

Program Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada.
  • A minimum of a "C" (or 2.0) must be earned in all prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 and science prerequisite grade point average of 2.90 on a 4.0 scale. However, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and in the science prerequisite courses is typically expected for favorable consideration. 
  • All applicants must complete the GRE. Applicants whose GRE scores are more than five years old must retake the exam and submit more recent scores. Official GRE scores should be sent directly by ETS once the application is submitted to CASPA, using our CASPA GRE code 1620.
  • Applicants must be able to meet the technical standards found HERE .
  • Previous healthcare experience is a requirement. A minimum of 500 hours of hands-on/direct patient care experience as a paid or volunteer employee is required at the time of application. While 500 is the minimum number of hours for admission consideration, favorable consideration will be given to applicants with more than the minimum requirement. Shadowing and scribe experience will NOT count towards the 500 hours.  
  • Shadowing a physician assistant is required. 
  • Students with prior military service and/or UD graduates will be looked at favorably, particularly in the areas of leadership and/or community service that reflect the mission and commitment of the program to the Dubuque area and UD. However, automatic advance standing will not be given.
  • Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Successful completion of tuberculosis screening and all required immunizations prior to matriculation.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted to CASPA with the application. Strong, unequivocal letters attesting to the applicant's educational background, motivation, analytical skills, and promise as a future medical practitioner are important considerations.
    • One letter must come from an academic professor who can speak to applicant's scholastic aptitude and overall experience in the course.
    • One letter must come from the applicant's supervisor/manager/director in applicant's healthcare workplace.
    • One letter must be a character reference. Therefore, someone who has known the applicant, other than family, who can speak to applicant's personal character.

Prerequisites

  • Mathematics - Pre-calculus or higher AND Statistics: Six semester hours
  • General Chemistry I and II with lab: Eight semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry I with lab: Four semester hours
  • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry with lab: Four semester hours
  • General Biology with lab: Four semester hours
  • General Microbiology with lab: Four semester hours
  • Genetics with lab: Four semester hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab: Eight semester hours
    • Note: OR one semester of Human Anatomy AND one semester of Human Physiology.
    • Note: Animal or Exercise Physiology will NOT be considered as a prerequisite course for the program.
Recommended courses (will enhance the competitiveness of an applicant):
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Calculus
  • Ethics
  • Higher-level science courses such as Immunology, Endocrinology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology

UD Prerequisites (University of Dubuque courses) 

  • Mathematics - Pre-calculus or higher AND Statistics: Six Semester hours
    • UDMA 150: Analysis of Functions and Trigonometry
    • UDMA 230: Introduction to Statistics
  • General Chemistry with lab: Eight semester hours
    • CHM 111: General Chemistry I 
    • CHM 112: General Chemistry II 
  • Organic Chemistry OR Biochemistry with lab: Eight semester hours
    • CHM 221: Organic Chemistry I
    • CHM 222: Organic Chemistry II OR CHM 331: Biochemistry I
  • General Biology or Zoology with lab: Four semester hours
    • BIO 135: General Zoology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab: Eight semester hours
    • BIO 211: Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 212: Anatomy & Physiology II
  • General Microbiology with lab: Four semester hours
    • BIO 314: Microbiology 
  • Genetics with lab: Four semester hours
    • BIO 236: Genetics 
Recommended courses (will enhance the competitiveness of an applicant):
  • BIO 235: Cell Biology
  • BIO 312: Histology
  • BIO 347: Molecular Biology
  • BIO 357: Medical Terminology
  • UDMA 250: Calculus
  • PHL 212: Ethics

Experiential learning is not an acceptable substitute for prerequisite requirements.

Applicants who take additional higher level science courses beyond the minimum prerequisite courses will help enhance their application.