Physician Assistant, M.S. Admissions Information
Admission to the Physician Assistant Institute is highly competitive. Our faculty are involved in the process from the very beginning. We are looking for students who have developed an interest in medicine as a career and who have an interest in the type of curriculum we are offering. The faculty will review applications and those offered an interview will be invited to the campus for a tour and meeting with the faculty. At the conclusion of interviews, the Physician Assistant Institute will offer acceptances to the most qualified of the applicant pool.
The admissions committee considers all aspects of the application and application effort. We are looking for motivated individuals who have taken their academic preparation seriously. An applicant’s motivation for a career as a Physician Assistant is very important in our selection process.
Essentially, admission to the program is highly competitive and selective. Applications are reviewed relative to undergraduate and graduate cumulative and science GPA, patient care experience, completion of personal statement and letters of reference. Personal interviews, required for admission, are offered to the most qualified individuals. Meeting the minimal requirements for admission does not guarantee admission or an interview. Finally all admitted students will be subject to a background check. This procedure will be conducted by the outside agency Verified Credentials, Inc. All information is maintained confidentially.
Advanced Standing and Transfer
The Institute does not offer advanced standing or transfer credit to students applying to the Institute at this time.
Program Prerequisites (to be completed prior to matriculation)
- Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
- Required coursework taken in the last ten years with a “C” or better from an accredited school:
- 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs
- 1 semester of Biology with lab
- 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs
- 1 semester of English
- 1 semester of Psychology
- 1 semester of Statistics
- 1 semester of Microbiology
- 1 semester of Genetics
- 1 semester of Biochemistry
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher required
- 500+ hours of direct patient care experience (please visit FAQs on UB website for more information)
- On campus interview by invitation only
Please submit all materials below to CASPA
- Application fee (non-refundable)
- Official transcripts from all schools attended
- Three recommendation letters
- One must be from a healthcare provider and another from the supervisor of the clinical experience. The third can be a professor, employer, or another individual who has known you on a professional level for a year or more.
- Complete the Healthcare Experience section on the CASPA application to document the 500+ hours of patient care experience
- 3 Supplemental Essay Questions (to be answered on the CASPA application)
Completed application and all supplemental documentation must be received by:
- August 1st for January start
- Rolling admissions, apply through CASPA starting in April for the following January
- Interviews commence in July
The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.
This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).
Conferral of Degrees for the Division of Health Sciences’ graduate candidates from the Acupuncture Institute, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, Human Nutrition Institute, Institute, College of Chiropractic and College of Naturopathic Medicine Degrees will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center, André and Clara Mertens Theater, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Chinese Herbology
- Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine – NEW!
Students will have the opportunity to tour the UB Acupuncture Clinic, view a clinic demonstration, and speak with the Director of UBAI and Admissions. Topics covered will include the application process, scholarship opportunities, and how our program can work for you.
Students interested in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.
During the event, admitted students will be able to:
• Connect with faculty and current graduate students
• Meet other accepted graduate students
• Finalize their enrollment at the University of Bridgeport
To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-576-4552.