Admission requirements must be completed at the time of application. Applicants may apply with one prerequisite course which meets requirements in progress if it will be completed prior to matriculation.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- Overall cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher
- Overall science GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Required coursework: taken within the last ten years, with a "C" or better, from an accredited school. English, Statistics, and Psychology must be within the last 15 years. Quarter credits will be converted to semester credits by CASPA, using their conversion ratio (1.0 quarter hour = 0.667 semester hours)
- Anatomy and Physiology with labs: 8 credits. Must include labs. Must be human or mammalian. Acceptable courses include 4 credits of physiology with lab plus 4 credits of anatomy with lab, OR 8 credits of “Anatomy and Physiology” with labs
- Biology with lab: 4 credits. Must include lab. (see additional microbiology requirement below)
- Chemistry with labs: 8 credits. Must include labs. General/inorganic chemistry. One semester may be replaced by an upper level chemistry with lab. (see additional organic or biochemistry requirement below)
- Microbiology: 3 credits. Lab not required. (this is in addition to the other biology requirement)
- Organic chemistry or biochemistry: 3 credits. Lab not required. (this is in addition to the other chemistry requirement)
- English: 3 credits. must be offered by English or Writing departments
- Psychology: 3 credits
- Statistics: 3 credits
- Admission FAQ
- 750 hours of direct patient care experience
*The University of Bridgeport PA program does not favor any specific group or individuals, however the most desirable applicants will show evidence of: GPAs above the minimum requirements; a rigorous and successful undergraduate and prerequisite academic career; a personal mission that aligns with the program mission; a strong understanding of the PA profession; excellent self-awareness and interpersonal skills; direct patient care experience that exceeds the minimum requirement and is of high quality (hands-on contact with patients and/or high level decision making in a medical environment).
Please submit all materials below to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). No applications or supplemental materials will be accepted by the University of Bridgeport directly. Application deadline is August 1 (see important details below in "deadline" section):
- Official transcripts from all schools attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Preferred sources include a clinical supervisor, a healthcare provider with whom you have had a professional relationship, an academic professor, or an employer.
- CASPA personal statement
- Supplemental essays for University of Bridgeport
- Document duties for patient care experiences and health care experiences accurately and in detail. Adequate clinical hours must be submitted at the time of application. Hours earned after submission of the application will not be reviewed.
- All admitted students will be subject to a background check and drug screen, conducted by a secure third party, prior to matriculation. All information is maintained confidentially.
- Interview by invitation only
- For the 2022-23 cycle, the UB PA program recommends that applicants take the PA-CAT exam. This is not a requirement for admission, nor will the result be utilized in making any admission decisions
The UB PA Institute is proud of its students, faculty, alumni, curriculum, and resources. Some of our highlights are listed here:
- On-site cadaver lab
- Simulation lab
- Standardized patient program
- Small class size and diverse faculty backgrounds
- Curriculum that emphasizes patient-centered, culturally-sensitive care
- August 1 for January start.
Applications must be VERIFIED by CASPA by 11:59pm ET on August 1. Applications can only be verified once all payments, transcripts, and letters of evaluation have been received by CASPA.
**To ensure an application is verified on time, the application should be completed at least four weeks before the deadline**
Apply through CASPA starting in April for the following January. On-campus interviews commence in August.
Deceleration is defined by the ARC-PA as “the loss of a student from the cohort, who remains matriculated in the physician assistant program."
The UBPA curriculum is designed to be delivered and completed on a full-time basis. The program is not offered on a part-time basis.
Deceleration is not an option in lieu of disciplinary action including, but not limited to probation, suspension or any other situation that would be considered grounds for dismissal from the program. The PA program does not decelerate students who cannot meet the program’s academic and/or professional conduct requirements.
Deceleration occurs for the following reasons:
- A PA student is granted a leave of absence by the PA program.
- A PA student is granted an appeal for dismissal through extraordinary personal circumstances – determined in the absolute discretion of the Academic, Background and Conduct Committee.
Completion of a degree at the University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Institute signifies the graduate is prepared to practice as a physician assistant. The Technical Standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to the physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for participation and completion of all aspects of the curriculum and for entry into the PA profession. These standards are required by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and are common to all programs.
University of Bridgeport prohibits discrimination in admissions, educational programs and services, and employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status and any other basis protected by law. The University is committed to preventing or eliminating all forms of gender-based discrimination in its education programs or activities in accordance with its commitment to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
For questions regarding Title IX, please contact:
- AddressOffice for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921
- Phone(617) 289-0111
- Fax(617) 289-0150
- TDDTDD: (800) 877-8339
The University of Bridgeport is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. While the UB PA program does not favor any specific groups or individuals, military members and veterans who matriculate have the opportunity to apply for these educational benefits.
DACA recipients are welcome to apply to our program. DACA students are required to have an employment authorization card (I-766) to participate in clinical rotations. DACA students will also require a social security number in order to sit for the national certifying exam (PANCE). Many states in the US allow DACA recipients to receive medical licenses. We suggest that DACA recipients contact the financial aid department prior to admission, to discuss any tuition questions.