PA Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any special equipment required for PA classes?

See: Required Equipment List (PDF) -- approximate prices included


On average, what are the expenses (tuition, fees, etc.) for PA students at Marywood University?

Tuition for the graduate Physician Assistant Program is $1000.00 per credit (79 credits total). Books and equipment generally cost approximately $3000.

Do you require taking the GRE?

The general GRE is required for admission to the professional phase of the PA Program. For more information please refer to the ETS website. The Marywood GRE code is 2407.

What type of financial assistance is available?
Most students receive a combination of loans, grants, and, in the case of our Pre-PA students, work-study.
How do Marywood students apply to the Professional Phase of the Program?
Marywood students submit an internal application directly to the PA Program; all other students apply through CASPA.
Can I work while attending the PA Program?

Full-time or part-time employment is discouraged because of the rigors of the program.

What type of prerequisite courses do you need in order to transfer into Marywood's graduate PA program?

The required courses are: Biology I with lab, Biology II with lab, Chemistry I with lab, Chemistry II with lab, Anatomy and Physiology I and II both with labs, one semester of Microbiology with lab, and two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab.

Can I do my clinical rotations out of the area?
Yes. Students have the opportunity to request preceptors/site. Students are not required to find preceptors/sites.
Do I have to complete all of the required course work by the time I apply?

No. Individuals who will not complete the required course work until the end of the spring semester of the year they wish to commence the program will be reviewed on the basis of their completed work. If they are accepted to the program this acceptance will be "conditional" based on satisfactory completion of the required outstanding academic and/or clinical work.

What types of experience meet the requirement for direct patient contact hours or clinical experience?
The preferable experience(s) would involve a clinical relationship between a patient and a provider and may be one of direct interaction or active observation. Examples include experience as a RN or LPN, EMT, paramedic emergency room technician/clerk, medical office assistant, shadowing of a PA or physician, hospital volunteer, or applicable experience in other health-related fields. A minimum of 500 hours is required.
What are the required clinical rotations?
Students are required to complete 10 clinical rotations. These include: Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Elective, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Psychiatry, Family Mecicine, Internal Medicine, and an optional Clinical Track. Students may elect to apply to a Clinical Track in the area of Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist or Orthopedics.
How long does it take most students to complete the PA program?
The professional phase begins in May and is 24 months in duration.