Learn about the admissions requirements needed to apply for KGI’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.
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.
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The MSPA program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for application review and processing.
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.
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.
MSPA program applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
MSPA program applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.
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:
Unacceptable patient care experience includes administrative role in a hospital or office setting, lifeguard, aesthetician, non-clinical research assistant, and veterinary assistant.
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.
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 that have completed their degree outside of the United States must meet two major requirements for admission:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score is not required. All other requirements remain the same across all applicants.
The KGI MSPA program requires that all matriculating students must meet the KGI Technical Standards for Admission, Progression, and Graduation.
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.
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 or advanced placement is granted for prior experiential learning, coursework, degrees, certifications, or advanced training.
The KGI MSPA program strongly discourages students from engaging in any form of employment while enrolled in the MSPA program. The fast-paced, intensive nature of the program requires full-time attendance and a significant time commitment outside of class/clinical experiences. Outside employment obligations cannot be used to excuse absences from scheduled learning activities. In addition, the program will not consider outside employment as a reason for poor performance or for modifying program requirements.
The KGI MSPA program also does not allow students to work for the program (paid or voluntary).
KGI MSPA students cannot substitute for or function as instructional faculty. Students with specific prior knowledge, experiences, and skills may voluntarily assist faculty in didactic and laboratory sessions to share their knowledge and skills. However, students are not to be the primary instructor or instructor of record for any component of the curriculum.
KGI MSPA students are also unable to function as clinical or administrative staff at KGI or a clinical site. If a student is asked to substitute for a staff person on a clinical rotation, they must contact the Director of Clinical Education. Once information is collected and reviewed, the clinical team in conjunction with the MSPA Program Director will determine if continued use of the preceptor and/or clinical site is appropriate.
Prior to the clinical phase, students will have the opportunity to submit their ideal clinical sites/preceptors and locations. Prospective and enrolled MSPA students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors for the MSPA program. Students may voluntarily submit information about potential preceptors or clinical sites to the Director of Clinical Education if desired. The Director of Clinical Education (assisted by the clinical team) must identify, contact, and evaluate clinical sites and preceptors for educational suitability prior to creating an official affiliation.
There is no direct or implied guarantee that the student will be assigned a rotation with any requested clinical site or preceptor.
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.
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.