KGI’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program seeks diverse applicants who share in our mission to advance healthcare through leadership, community involvement, and compassionate patient care. KGI’s welcoming, diverse environment provides the opportunity for our students to think creatively and critically, communicate and interact effectively, and act ethically and respectfully.

We value diversity to the broadest degree and strive to recruit a class of students that is truly representative of our population. By creating an engaging environment with different perspectives and backgrounds, our students’ interactions will not only benefit each other, but also their future patients. Through this rich collaboration and a shared mission, our future students will work to promote health equity.

To ensure an inclusive and equitable selection of applicants, we consider not only traditional academic criteria but also each individual’s personal goals and attributes. We believe this holistic approach will allow us to recruit diverse, motivated students who believe in our common mission.

Admissions Quick Facts

Complete information on each fact is located below the table.

Fact
Details
Application opens
End of April every year.
Application deadline
December 1 every year.
Undergraduate degree
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required at the time of enrollment.
Prerequisite courses
A total of seven prerequisite courses with a grade of ‘C’ or higher are required. Prerequisites must be completed within 10 years of application deadline.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Both cumulative and science GPAs must be a minimum of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale).
Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
GRE score is not required for admission.
Patient care experience
A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience is required upon application submission.
Personal statement and supplemental application
Both are required through CASPA.
References
Three references are required—a minimum of one academic reference (i.e. professor) and one healthcare reference (e.g., MD, DO, PA, NP).
International degrees
An accredited foreign credentialing agency must determine that the coursework is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all prerequisite courses must be completed in an accredited U.S. institution. No TOEFL score is required.
Technical standards
All matriculating students must meet the KGI Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation.
Transfer credit (advanced placement)
Transfer credits for didactic and clinical phase courses are not accepted.

 

How to Apply

Dates and Deadlines

The MSPA program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for application review and processing.

  • The CASPA application opens each year at the end of April.
  • Applications must be submitted each year no later than December 1 in order to be considering for entry the following fall.

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Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required at the time of enrollment. The field of study can be varied as long as all prerequisite requirements are met. Undergraduates in their final years are eligible to apply if the bachelor’s degree will be completed prior to the MSPA program start.

International graduates: please see “International Applicants” section below.

Required Prerequisites

The KGI MSPA program requires seven prerequisite courses prior to entry into the program. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade ‘C’ or higher within 10 years of the application deadline. Applicants are allowed to have up to two outstanding prerequisites (no more than 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours total) at the time of application. However, all prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed by June 15 of the enrollment year.

Please note that credit for introductory courses, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) will not be accepted for prerequisite courses.

Required Courses
Min. Semester Credit Hours
Min. Quarter Credit Hours
Course Information
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (2 courses total)
8
12
One Human Anatomy (with lab) plus one Human Physiology
(with lab) will also be accepted. 
Microbiology
3
4
 
Additional Upper Level Biology or Health Science
3
4
Upper level courses are considered 300- or 400-level courses. Example courses include Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Pathophysiology. 
Chemistry with Lab
4
6
 
Additional Chemistry
3
4
Example courses include Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Statistics
3
4
 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

MSPA program applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Graduate Records Exam (GRE)

MSPA program applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.

Patient Care Experience

A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience is required upon application submission. Preference will be given to applicants based on the quantity and quality of hands-on patient care experience. Hours obtained through KGI’s Postbaccalaureate Pre-PA Certificate program may be used to meet the direct patient care experience requirement.

Examples of direct patient care experience include:

  • Paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Dietitian
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Radiological technician
  • Medical assistant
  • Nurse (CNA, LPN, RN, MSN)
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Surgical technician
  • Healthcare educator
  • Clinical research assistant
  • Medical scribe
  • Pharmacist
  • Phlebotomist

Unacceptable patient care experience includes administrative role in a hospital or office setting, lifeguard, aesthetician, non-clinical research assistant, and veterinary assistant.

Personal Statement and Supplemental Application

All applicants are required to complete a personal statement and supplemental application for KGI through CASPA. These two submissions provide the Admissions Committee with a multi-dimensional view of the applicant, including their background, strengths, commitments, and personal goals.

Letters of Reference

A total of three references are required for application to the program. Of these three references, a minimum of one academic reference (i.e. professor) and one healthcare reference (e.g., MD, DO, PA, NP) is required. These references will help guide the Admissions Committee on the candidate’s personal goals and attributes that would prepare them for success as a PA student and a future professional PA. Reference letters from friends or family members will not be accepted.

International Applicants

International applicants that have completed their degree outside of the United States must meet two major requirements for admission:

  • International Transcripts: All transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credentialing agency. The credentialing agency must determine that the coursework is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for admission.
  • Prerequisites: Without exception, all prerequisites (a minimum of 24 semester hours or 34 quarter hours) must be completed in an accredited U.S. institution.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score is not required. All other requirements remain the same across all applicants.

Technical Standards

The KGI MSPA program requires that all matriculating students must meet the KGI Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Placement)

Transfer credits for didactic and clinical phase courses are not accepted. All KGI MSPA program courses within the curriculum are required for graduation. No credit is granted for prior experiential learning, coursework, degrees, certifications, or advanced training.

Admissions Procedures

  • A phone, Skype, or on-campus interview is a requirement for admission. The Office of Admissions will schedule individual interviews once your application is completed.

  • The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application. Applications will be considered in the context of the total applicant pool, as well as in relationship to our general admissions standards. 

    All admissions decisions are final for the academic year in which they are rendered.

  • Admitted students are required to submit a non-refundable enrollment fee to hold their spot in the program. Additionally, counselors maintain contact with admitted students to ensure all official documents are received.

    Admitted students also receive regular communication for the Admissions Office with important information about preparing for study, student life, housing, orientation, and other topics of interest.

Scholarship and Loan Info

We also encourage you to review the Funding Your Degree page for valuable scholarship and loan information and relevant deadlines for both domestic and international students.