Admission deadlines: Fall – October 1
The Physician Assistant Program uses the online application system CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants). Please go to the CASPA Web site ( to begin the application process.
The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, professional licenses, transcripts) must be verified by CASPA by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.
In addition to the CASPA application, all applicants must submit a GW Supplemental Application ( to the Health Sciences Office of Admissions.
Recommendations required: Three (3) recommendations must be submitted with your CASPA application.
Prior academic records: Arrange for CASPA to receive an official transcript from every college and university (domestic and international) you attended, whether or not a degree was earned.
Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services (
Additional Requirements: Applicants must complete a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program. All applicants must have a minimum science and cumulative grade point average of 3.2. The following are 6 required prerequisite courses that must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States within the last 10 years from date of application submission:
- Anatomy & Physiology: one semester of Anatomy and one semester of Physiology are required. This requirement may be met by taking two semesters of a combined Anatomy & Physiology course.
- Chemistry: two semesters of Chemistry for science majors. One semester must be either Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry.
- Psychology: one semester of Psychology. Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology is recommended.
- Statistics: one semester of Statistics.
All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B- or better and must be either undergraduate or post-baccalaureate coursework. Each course must be at least three semester credit hours or 4.5 quarter credit hours. Applicants may apply to the program with no more than two outstanding prerequisites (including any in progress at the time of application), but prerequisites must be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
All applicants must be in good academic standing. 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience is required. These hours must be completed at the time the application is submitted.
Accepted applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.
Academic preparation:
- All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited US institution regardless of whether the applicant has already completed the coursework in another country. International coursework will not be acceptable for prerequisite requirements. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- Advanced standing or transfer of credits earned at a non-US institution will not be offered.
PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
- Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2600 Virginia, NW
Suite 104
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions: ~ (202) 994-7644
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

Graduation Requirements for the Two-Year (MSHS) PA Program  

A candidate for the degree of MSHS in The George Washington University PA Program must meet all the following requirements:  

  1. The student must successfully complete all (academic and professionalism) PA Program coursework and non-coursework requirements. 
  2. The student must maintain and graduate with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in PA Program coursework. 
  3. The student must pass all components of the summative evaluation including the summative objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), patient encounter competencies, knowledge-based examination, and clinical and technical skills.
  4. A student must achieve “Skill Demonstrated” rating for each parameter of the Professionalism Evaluation.  
ANAT 6215Anatomy for Physician Assistant Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6110Evidence Based Practice for PA Students
or PA 6111 Evidence Based Practice for PA/MPH Students
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6118Health, Justice, and Society I
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of the Physician Assistant in U.S. Healthcare
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Family Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Pharmacology I
PHAR 6208Pharmacology II
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students