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Admission Cycle:

May 1, 2015 - September 1, 2015

for WSU PAS Class Beginning May 2016 

Welcome to the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies program. Thank you for your interest!  

Prior to applying to the WSU PAS Program, we suggest that you attend a General Information Meeting held the first Tuesday evening of each month at 6:00pm in the PAS classroom, Room 2500, in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building to learn about the PAS program and have your questions addressed directly. Information regarding these meeting can be found at the following link: http://cphs.wayne.edu/meetings.php These General Information Meetings are held every month of the year for your convenience.


Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before the start of WSU PAS program in May 
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • 3.0 minimum prerequisite GPA
  • GRE score:  minimum of 285 combined verbal and quantitative, and a 3.5 analytical writing score (exam must be taken by July 31st and the score must be submitted by September 1st)
  • 500 hours of direct hands-on patient-care experience by September 1st  of the year prior to admission
  • TOEFL score, if not having had completed 4 years of high school in the United States (exam must be taken by August 1st  and the score received in PA office by September 1st). This applies to all that have not fulfilled this requirement, even if having attained a university undergraduate or graduate degree. 
  • Completed CASPA application by September 1st  (Application is available May 1, 2015 - September 1, 2015)
  • Completed online WSU Graduate Application, including submission of all required supplemental documents (The application will be available in May 2015 -apply for "Spring/Summer 2016")
  • Successful completion of a personal interview if selected by admissions committee

***All deadlines noted on this website must be abided by in order to be considered for admission to the WSU PAS Program. Due to the highly competitive nature of admission to this program, successful completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Specific Application Information

Bachelor’s degree

  1. Applicants must obtain a bachelor’s degree before the first day of class in May.  
  2. This degree must be from an accredited college or university. 
  3. The undergraduate degree may be in any field of study, although science degrees are preferred.
  4. If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be evaluated by a WSU approved evaluation service (WES, etc). The results of the evaluation must be sent to Wayne State University.  Please see the following website for information regarding foreign transcript evaluation: http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/Transcriptguide.php

Cumulative Undergraduate Coursework GPA

  1. The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA average acceptable for consideration of admission is 3.0.
  2. Applicants may request that their last 60 undergraduate credit hours be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. This request should include rationale for request and must be emailed to the WSU Office of Student Affairs at cphsinfo@wayne.edu with a copy to the WSU PAS admissions email at PAadmit@wayne.edu, by August 1st. Please note: Only undergraduate coursework will be used in the calculation; no graduate coursework will be used. If undergraduate courses were taken after graduation, these courses may be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.  Use of Last 60 Credit Hour Waivers are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current admission cycle waiver, as waivers do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.
  3. Any questions regarding undergraduate coursework may be directed to: cphsinfo@wayne.edu.

Prerequisite Coursework GPA

  1. The minimum prerequisite coursework GPA average acceptable for consideration of admission is 3.0.
  2. All prerequisite coursework grades must be a “B”  (3.0) or higher. 
  3. All science prerequisite coursework (human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology with lab, and chemistry courses) must be completed within 6 years of the time of application submission. For example, if the application deadline is September 1, 2015, the science courses must have been completed no earlier than 2009. The developmental psychology, nutrition, basic statistics, english composition courses, and medical terminology prerequisite courses are not subject to the 6 year completion requirement. They may be completed greater than 6 years prior to the time of application submission and do not require a waiver.

    *If any of the science courses were completed greater than 6 years prior to the time of application submission, a 6 Year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request from the WSU PAS program must be obtained prior to August 1st. This request must include: a) the name, course number, institution, name of the course(s) to be waived, semester/year course was taken  b) a detailed explanation which describes why the employment experience demonstrates mastery of the prerequisite course content. A detailed account of the principles and objectives and the prerequisite course content must included, along with specific employment duties. Attach to the email your transcripts showing the grade for the course.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for waiver reviews.  Do not send transcripts by mail for waiver reviews. Send the request and all supporting information to Paadmit@wayne.edu

Example of 6 Year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request:

Basic Statistics, STA 2020, University of Indiana, Fall 1998
In my work as a research assistant, I am responsible for developing statistical analysis models for studies involving genomics.  I currently work on 4 different projects, all of which require me to collect and analyze data.  I prepare monthly statistical reports and identify all statistically significant findings for review by my team.  Additionally, I have authored the statistical explanation portions of 2 published articles since 2001.  I also worked as a Teaching Assistant for STA 2040 for 3 semesters while I was finishing my prerequisites at Hillsboro Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Please note: a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher must have been earned in each science course to be considered for the 6 Year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request. Courses with grades earned B minus or less will not be considered for the waiver.

6 Year Prerequisite Waivers are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current waiver, as waivers do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.



Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite courses must be completed by September 1st:

  1. Human Anatomy - one course
  2. Human Physiology -  two courses; one course MUST be above 3000 level**
  3. Microbiology with lab - one course
  4. Chemistry - two courses; one of the courses must be organic chemistry or biochemistry
  5. Nutrition - one course, general human/clinical nutrition
  6. Developmental Psychology - one course
  7. Basic Statistics - one course
  8. English composition -  two courses
  9. Medical Terminology - one course

**The following courses can also be used to fulfill the physiology requirements; exercise physiology, human physiology, comparative physiology, genetics, cell biology, endocrinology, pathophysiology, immunology and histology. 

Questions about prerequisite course equivalencies?

Consult the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) Office of Student Affairs transcript evaluation guide, and complete your transcript evaluation at http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/Transcriptguide.php

Applicants are highly encouraged to have their completed prerequisite courses evaluated by an EACPHS Office of Student advisor in order to have assurance of appropriate prerequisite coursework completion. The form to do this can be found at is: http://cphs-web.cphs.wayne.edu/stuaff/PreReq.html In the left column of this page, select the Physician Assistant Studies button, and you will find the PAS prerequisite list. Submit the completed form and all unofficial transcripts/additional information to the EACPHS Office of Student Affairs at: cphsinfo@wayne.edu. The evaluation of transcripts should be done early in your application process, in order to have enough time to take additional courses if needed.

Question about whether your prerequisite coursework meets the WSU PAS requirements? Here is the link to the PAS Course Equivalency Guide: http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/equivalency/pas_equivalency.pdf 

Email any questions regarding prerequisite coursework to the EACPHS Office of Student Affairs at: cphsinfo@wayne.edu


  1. All applicants must complete the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within 5 years of the time of application submission. Exams taken prior to this date will not be considered. For example, if the application deadline is September 1, 2015, then the GRE must have been taken no earlier than 2010.
  2. The examination must be taken by July 31st  of the application year  and the official student score sheet must be scanned and included in the WSU Graduate Application supplemental documentation by September 1st. Scores submitted after the September 1st  deadline will not be accepted.
  3. The minimum acceptable GRE scores are 800 combined verbal and quantitative sections (for exams taken prior to August 1, 2011) or minimum of 285 combined verbal and quantitative (for exams taken after August 1, 2011), and a 3.5 analytical writing score. The GRE must be taken by July 31st and the score must be submitted by September 1st. Scores lower than this minimum will render the applicant not eligible for admission.
  4. Testing scores from one examination date will be considered for admission, not necessarily the most recent score. We utilize the exam with the highest scores. Also, only scores from one testing date will be considered. For example, we will not consider a verbal score from one exam, a quantitative score from another, and a writing score from yet another. All scores considered will be from the same exam.
  5. The Wayne State University Physician Assistant Program CASPA GRE Designated Institution code is: 3647. Make sure to utilize this Designation Institution Code when indicating WSU PAS as a score recipient.  The Educational Testing Service will transmit official GRE scores electronically to CASPA and they will be included in your CASPA application. 
  6. Questions regarding the GRE may be directed to: cphsinfo@wayne.edu


 Direct “Hands On” Patient Care Experience

  1. A minimum of 500 hours of direct hands on patient care experience in a health service environment is required. Paid health care experience is preferred due to the level of responsibility and duties afforded in these positions. Volunteer health care experience may be considered, but paid, supervised health care experience is strongly encouraged.
  2. The 500 hours of direct patient hands on patient care experience must be completed by the Sept 1st  application deadline, and must  occur during the two years prior to the time of application submission.
  3. To be acceptable for admission, the direct hands on patient care experience must:
    1. require the applicant's use of medical terminology on a regular basis.
    2. require the applicant’s knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
    3. demonstrate the applicant's familiarity with medical documentation and patient education
    4. provide regular, direct hands on contact with patients in a health care environment
    5. health care experience involving a wide variety of disease states and involving all organ systems is preferred
    The questions often arises, “Will my experience be acceptable in fulfilling this requirement?” and many titles of jobs are presented for consideration. We ask that you consider the above requirements to determine if your health experience is acceptable, regardless of your work title. It is preferable that applicants have direct hands on patient care experience in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, or clinics. Experience gained in homes, pharmacies, and other settings is less competitive in the admission  process. 

    Some examples of experience not acceptable toward 500 hours of direct hands on experience requirement : PA or physician observer or shadow (in lieu of other direct hands on health care experience), home health care aides, Assisted living nursing aide, patient transporter, non-clinical research assistant positions, student clinical experience (student nurse, student EMT, student athletic trainer, or other health care student), student "intern" experiences, candy striper or junior volunteer positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, wellness coach, wilderness medicine instructor, patient transporter, pharmaceutical representative, pharmacy technician, laboratory technician, , ski patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, medical secretary or other clerical positions, patient greeter, patient sitter, medical scribe positions.
  4. Questions regarding direct hands on experience may be answered in the FAQs section of the WSU PAS website. If your question has not been answered on this site, please direct your question to: PAadmit@wayne.edu

CASPA Application: Application Available - May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2015

A CASPA application must be submitted on or before September 1st in order to be considered for admission. Applications submitted to CASPA after the September 1st deadline will not be accepted. The application can be found at: http://www.caspaonline.org/ and information about CASPA may be found at: http://vimeo.com/84711398 . It is highly recommended that you submit your CASPA application in June/July to insure timely submission and review of all items by CASPA. 

Applicant Recommendations Submitted to CASPA

Recommendations may be obtained from PAs, MDs , DOs, or other health providers familiar with the role of the physician assistant. At least one of the three recommendations must be completed by an individual who has observed the applicant during direct patient contact experience, and/or a work supervisor - those most familiar with the applicant and their clinical work. The recommendation should include a verification of your completed health care experience hours.  A stronger applicant file is one that has references who have known him/her for a period of time of greater than one year and can comment on their performance with direct patient health care. We strongly urge applicants to avoid references from most academic professors/instructors, unless they are able to fully complete the form regarding observed direct patient contact. References from family members or those in a personal relationship with the applicant are highly discouraged. 

WSU Graduate Application: Due September 1, 2015

A completed WSU Graduate School application , (Supplemental application) including official transcripts from all institutions attended and all supplemental material must be submitted for consideration of admission.

***PLEASE NOTE: The WSU Graduate Application for the May 2016 WSU PAS program start date will be available on the WSU Graduate School website on May 1, 2015.  All graduate application materials must be submitted by September 1, 2015 to be considered for the May 2016 start date. Use "Spring/Summer 2016" as the projected start date on the application.

Supplemental Materials to be submitted with the Graduate Application:

  • Prerequisite Coursework in Progress:  Completion Date: September 1st (If Applicable)

Only those applicants completing prerequisite courses in spring/summer 2015 whose grades are not verified by CASPA need to complete this section. The transcript of course grades completed after CASPA application submission should be included in this section. All grades/transcripts (unofficial/student transcripts or grade reports are acceptable until official transcript completed) for Spring/Summer coursework must be received by EACPHS by September 1 of application year in order to be considered for admission.

  • Copy of Granted Waiver: 6 Year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Requirement (If Applicable)

  Only those applicants that requested and received a 6 year science course prequisite waiver from the WSU PAS Admissions Committee need submit documention in this section

  • TOEFL Testing (If Applicable)

TOEFL testing is required if English is not your native language and/or you have not completed 4 years of high school education in the United States.This applies to all that have not fulfilled this requirement, even if having attained a university undergraduate or graduate degree.

The TOEFL must be taken by August 1st of the application year and the results must be submitted to your WSU Graduate Application Supplemental Materials site on or before the application deadline of September 1st.

You must receive one of the following scores on the TOEFL exam to be admissible into the WSU PA Studies program. 

  1. Written: 600
  2. Traditional computer: 250
  3. IbT (Internet based testing): 100

Please note: The minimum acceptable score required by WSU PAS is higher than required for other programs at Wayne State University. Applications containing TOEFL scores less than the above noted minimum requirements will not be considered.  

Personal Interview

A personal interview will be granted to select individuals who meet all admission requirements and have submitted the CASPA application and the WSU Graduate Application by the admissions deadlines. Applicants should seek out as much information as possible concerning the role and laws governing the practice of the physician assistant and be able to articulate this information during the interview process. Applicants can gain this information by direct observation of clinically practicing physician assistants and by reviewing the American Academy of Physician Assistants website: www.aapa.org, and the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants website: www.michiganpa.org.

Applicants should be able to articulate their answers to these four questions:

  1. What made you decide to pursue a career as a physician assistant?
  2. What have you done to prepare to become a physician assistant?
  3. Why are you choosing to enroll in the Wayne State University's Physician Assistant Studies program?
  4. Assuming you complete the Physician Assistant Studies program at Wayne State University, what professional goals do you hope to achieve?

Completion of the personal interview does not guarantee admission to the WSU PAS Program. Admission to the Program is competitive. All those admitted to the WSU PAS program have met all requirements listed above, and have successfully completed a personal interview.

Applicants often wonder about the admission characteristics of those that are admitted to the program. Here are the most recent admitted class averages:

WSU PAS Class of 2017

Admitted Student Averages:

cGPA: 3.75

pGPA 3.84

GRE: Verbal 153, Quantitative 152, Analytical 4.2

Health Care Hours: 3655

Age: 26

Gender: 12 male/ 38 female


Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies 
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Suite 2590
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1368 PH
(313) 577-5467 FAX

Eugene Applebaum Office of Student Affairs
259 Mack Avenue, Suite 1600
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1716 PH
(313) 577-5589 FAX

Wayne State University Graduate Admissions Office

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Suite 6304
Detroit, MI 48201
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