Admissions Quick Facts

Complete information on each fact is located below the table.

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.
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.

Minimum 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.

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 8
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 12
    Course Information: One Human Anatomy (with lab) plus one Human Physiology (with lab) will also be accepted.

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 3
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 4

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 3
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 4
    Course Information: Upper level courses are considered 300- or 400-level courses. Example courses include Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Pathophysiology.

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 4
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 6

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 3
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 4
    Course Information: Example courses include Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry.

  • Minimum Semester Hours: 3
    Minimum Quarter Hours: 4

Grade Point Average (GPA)

MSPA program applicants must 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 an 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: An accredited foreign credentialing agency must evaluate all transcripts. The credentialing agency must determine that the coursework is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree 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.

Admissions Preferences

In alignment with the MSPA program mission, our program will provide additional consideration to an applicant with one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Underrepresented in medicine
  • First in family to attend college
  • History of life experiences requiring perseverance
  • History of military service (past or current)
  • A graduate of a KGI certificate or degree program

Note that the presence of any of the above factors does not guarantee an interview nor admission into the MSPA program. Similarly, lack of the above factors does not prohibit an applicant from consideration for admission.

Competitive Applicants

With the MSPA program’s holistic approach to admissions, there is no one formula for becoming a competitive applicant. However, several factors can help an applicant stand out, including:

  • Capacity to Succeed: Due to the fast-paced, high-volume nature of the program, GPA is an important indicator of academic potential. A higher than 3.0 GPA will receive additional consideration, but GPA alone does not make an applicant more competitive. Several other indicators contribute to an applicant’s potential success in the program. The committee will evaluate such factors as the number of courses taken at a time, whether the applicant was working or experiencing hardship during the coursework, and the courses’ level of difficulty. The committee will also consider if a student showed academic resiliency by significantly improving their GPA over time.
  • Patient Care Experience: Applicants with more experience hours in fields with a high degree of hands-on patient care and greater decision-making responsibility will be more competitive than those with fewer hours and little-to-no decision-making responsibility.

In addition to what is listed above, the most competitive applicants will be those who align with the KGI and the MSPA Program’s mission, vision, and goals and demonstrate a commitment to the PA profession (through shadowing, involvement in professional organizations, and advocacy).

Admissions Procedures

  • All applicants who complete a CASPA application will also need to complete the KGI-specific supplemental application questions that are found within CASPA. Applications completed by the posted deadline will be reviewed initially for prerequisite criteria. Those who do not meet the prerequisites will receive a letter indicating they cannot move forward in the process, and their application is denied for this cycle.

  • Applicants who meet all minimum admissions requirements will advance to an in-depth evaluation. Reviewers will holistically evaluate each applicant by considering a person’s entire journey to PA school. In alignment with the MSPA Program mission, our program will provide additional consideration to an applicant with certain characteristics or experience. For more details, please review the “Admissions Preferences” and “Competitive Applicants” sections above.

    When evaluating applicants, we review both the verified CASPA application and the KGI supplemental application within CASPA. Not every applicant who meets the minimum prerequisite criteria will be invited to interview. Our goal is to invite those who share our mission, vision, and goals, and we keep this in mind during the review.

    Each application is evaluated and scored for the following characteristics:

    • Capacity to succeed
    • Communication
    • PA professional qualities and commitment to the profession
    • Alignment with KGI mission and goals
    • Life experience and perseverance

    Applicants who are not invited to interview will receive a letter with an invitation to apply the next cycle and ideas for improving their application in the future.

  • Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by KGI Admissions to schedule an in-person interview with the Admissions Committee, faculty, and staff members. The interview is our opportunity to get to know the applicant as a potential physician assistant (PA) student, and it is also the applicant’s opportunity to get to know us.

    On interview day, each applicant will complete a series of interviews assessing the following attributes:

    • Oral and written communication
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Knowledge of and commitment to the PA profession
    • Character attributes (i.e., empathy, compassion, humility, resiliency, motivation)
    • Professionalism
    • Critical-thinking skills and problem-solving
    • Leadership qualities
    • Entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Teamwork and collaboration

    A tour of KGI will also be provided, including the MSPA program facilities. All interviewees will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the day and should walk away with a good understanding of our program and the type of education they would receive here if accepted.

  • Following the interview, candidates will be discussed by the Admissions Committee and participants in the interview process, and determinations will be made based on the total score from both the pre-interview application review and the interview. Candidates will then be placed in one of three categories: immediate accept, hold, and deny.

    Accepted applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and will be provided a defined period of time to secure their seat in the class with a deposit. Those placed on the alternate list will receive a letter with their status and instructions for preparing if a position opens. Applicants that are not accepted nor placed on the alternate list will be denied and will receive a letter notifying them of their status.

    After each interview, all applicant scores from the latest interview will be compared with those on the hold list, and offers will be made accordingly. The program will continue to offer acceptances on a rolling basis but will leave seats open at the end to ensure equal opportunity for all who qualify for an interview.

    Once the first day of class has begun, all remaining applicants on the alternate list will be sent a letter indicating that they were unable to be accepted this cycle and are welcome to reapply in the future.

  • Neither the CASPA application nor the KGI supplemental application can be reused for another cycle. Each applicant who is not accepted must complete both applications again for the next cycle. Please note that an invitation to interview one cycle does not guarantee an interview for future cycles.

Admissions Policies

  • 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.

Questions about admissions?

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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.