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Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 related information regarding prerequisite coursework

*Labs completed online will be accepted. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the program will accept pass/fail grades for all prerequisites taken in the spring, summer or fall of 2020.

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Program Prerequisites

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
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 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 within the last fifteen years): *
    • 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 (Lab not required. This is in addition to the other biology requirement)
    • 1 semester of Biochemistry OR 1 semester of Organic Chemistry (Lab not required. This is in addition to the other chemistry requirements)
  • 750 hours of direct patient care experience

* Please note, the above are minimum requirements for admission. The most desirable applicants will exceed the minimum GPA requirements, will have evidence of a rigorous undergraduate and prerequisite academic career, and will exceed the minimum patient care experience requirement.  

The University of Bridgeport PA Program does not accept Applicants on an F-1 Visa.

The University of Bridgeport PA Program does not grant advanced placement for any portion of the curriculum 

Acceptance into the PAI at the University of Bridgeport requires a full-time commitment. It is an intense and rigorous program that is demanding. The program strongly discourages students from holding an outside job during the didactic and clinical phases. PAI responsibilities are not negotiable and will not be altered due to student work obligations. 

The PAI and its clinical team are responsible for obtaining clinical sites and preceptors. At no time are students required to acquire or solicit clinical experiences. It is the sole responsibility of the clinical team to identify, contact and evaluate sites and preceptors. Students may make suggestions for sites and preceptors, but are not required to do so. Student suggested sites and preceptors will be reviewed, evaluated and approved for educational suitability by the program’s clinical team.

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:

  1. A PA student is granted a leave of absence by the PA program.
  2. 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.


All students must satisfactorily complete a background check upon acceptance of admission (prior to the start of class) and prior to commencement of any clinical experience. Some rotation sites require an additional background screening as a condition for access to the site. Students are responsible for the cost associated with the background check.

All students satisfactorily undergo toxicology screening upon acceptance of admission (prior to the start of class) and prior to commencement of any clinical experience.  Some rotation sites require an additional drug screen as a condition for access to the site. Students are responsible for the cost of this testing.  Testing positive or refusing drug testing may result in an inability to complete the clinical year, and to graduate.

The 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:
The U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor
Five Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921

Telephone: (617) 289-0111
Fax: (617) 289-0150
TDD: (800) 877-8339

Download the University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation

Required Materials

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):

  • Application 
  • 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.
  • 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

Additional questions?

Zeina Riachy is one of the Assistant Directors of Graduate Admissions at the University of Bridgeport. She enjoys working with the PA program and speaking with students who are passionate about the health care field. If you have any questions about the admissions process or program, please feel free to reach out to her.


August 1st 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. Interviews commence in August.