To be eligible for admission to the MPAS program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Degree. A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by a nationally recognized, regional accrediting association. Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University and who meet the admission criteria are given priority in the selection process.
  • GPA. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prerequisite Course Work. Prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C or above (pass/fail or S/U grading is not acceptable), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Fall 2013 Admission Facts

  • Number of Applicants: 147
  • Class Size: 32
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Overall undergraduate GPA: 3.44
  • Undergraduate prerequisite course GPA: 3.43
  • GRE Verbal: 153
  • GRE Quantitative: 151
  • GRE Analytical Writing: 4.0

Application process

Applications for admission to St. Catherine's MPAS program are processed through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for Fall 2014 enrollment.

Healthcare experience

Patient care and related experiences provide familiarity with the healthcare setting, build medical communication skills, ensure that the PA career is a good fit and enables the student to relate course material to real life practice. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 250 hours in a health, wellness or patient care setting. (A successful applicant will typically have over 500 hours). This may be sought through volunteering or paid employment. Applicants are not required to shadow a physician or a PA for this time. However, they will need to clearly articulate their understanding and desire to pursue a career as a physician assistant.

Technical standards

All students must meet the technical standards set forth by the MPAS program.

GRE Scores

Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted to CASPA directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment.

St. Catherine University has multiple codes on the GRE institutional list. When selecting where to send your GRE scores, use the code 0431 to have your scores sent directly to CASPA.

Prerequisite course work

Biochemistry and Microbiology must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the term of intended graduate enrollment. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that all other prerequisite courses be completed within the past ten years. Please note that prerequisite course content does not fulfill MPAS degree requirements. View a list of equivalencies at other institutions »

  • Human or Vertebrate Anatomy (4 semester credits)

    Courses in order of preference are: human anatomy (often first half of combined anatomy and physiology sequence), mammalian/vertebrate anatomy, comparative anatomy. These credits must be from an anatomy, biology, zoology, physiology or kinesiology department.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 2510 or BIOL 3120
  • Human or Vertebrate Physiology (4 semester credits)

    Courses in order of preference are: human physiology (often second half of combined anatomy and physiology sequence), or mammalian physiology. These credits must be from a biology, zoology, or physiology department.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 2520 or BIOL 3140
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester credits)

    An organic chemistry sequence for science or health-science majors is preferred.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: CHEM 2010 and CHEM 2020
  • Biochemistry (3-4 semester credits)

    Must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: CHEM 3400 or CHEM 4400
  • Microbiology (3-4 semester credits)

    Must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 3210
  • Mathematics (3-4 semester credits)

    A calculus course with content that includes the basic functions, the calculus of limits and the derivative as related to algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: MATH 1110 and MATH 1120 or MATH 1130
  • Statistics (3-4 semester credits)

    Course content should include: reliability, validity, experimental control and design, statistical inference and comparison of group means, correlation and regression. These credits must be from a math, psychology or statistics department.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: MATH 1080 or PSYCH 2050
  • Psychology (6 credits)

    Applicants must complete a general or introduction to psychology course plus one other psychology course in either developmental/lifespan psychology or abnormal psychology.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: PSYC 1000, PSYC 2025 or PSYC 3010
  • Medical terminology (one course)

    The medical terminology prerequisite may be waived if the applicant demonstrates over 1,000 hours of health/patient-related experience.

    • St. Kate’s equivalent: INDI 2220 or HIMP 1020

The goal of the admission process is to compare all applicants on the same course work, as much as possible. The Admission Committee uses the basic level courses in each prerequisite field, which all applicants are likely to have taken. Not all courses taken in a prerequisite field are used to compute the prerequisite GPA. Only enough credits to satisfy the minimum requirement are counted in the prerequisite GPA. High-level electives may be used to meet credit requirements, but they are not necessarily used in the prerequisite GPA calculation, since the Admission Committee has no information about how other applicants would perform in those courses.

If a prerequisite is retaken, only the grade received in the most recent course is calculated into the prerequisite GPA. Prerequisite courses may be in progress and/or yet to be taken at the time of application (no more than three), but must be completed prior to enrollment in the MPAS Program. Applicants are allowed to complete NO MORE than 4 semester/5 quarter credits of prerequisite course work, plus a medical terminology course, during the summer prior to Fall enrollment. All other prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the winter/spring term. If an applicant appears to be “short” the required number of credits in several prerequisite areas, the Admission Committee has the authority to deem the applicant ineligible to continue in the review process.