Physician Assistant, M.S. Admissions Information

Admissions Overview

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 with lab
    • 1 semester of Genetics with lab
    • 1 semester of Biochemistry with lab
  • 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

Required Materials
Please submit all materials below to CASPA

  • Application
  • 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



Experience the Acupuncture Institute @ Health Sciences Center
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students will have a program overview, tour the Acupuncture clinic, view a clinic demonstration, and speak with the Director of the Institute and Admissions. Topics covered will include the application process, scholarship opportunities, and how our program can work for you.


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Undergraduate Open House: Biology, Health Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Science @ Charles A. Dana Hall
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register here!

Visit the biology, health sciences, and medical laboratory science departments at the University of Bridgeport and learn about our pre-pharmacy curriculum, newest facilities and diverse programs of study, including acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and more. Uncover the scientific explorations taking place at UB and see why you belong here.

Activities will include:

  • Admissions & financial aid presentation
  • Faculty meet-and-greet
  • Chat with current UB students
  • Program overviews