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Prerequisites for PA Program

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COVID-19 Accommodations

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCM PA Program will accept online laboratory courses per our program prerequisites. And, all prerequisite coursework should be completed for a grade. This is subject to change as higher education institutions return to in person laboratory course offerings.  If you have extenuating circumstances, please email paprogram@bcm.edu.

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Requirements for making application for admission to the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program are presented below. Questions regarding prerequisite requirements will ONLY be answered via email. Admissions questions cannot be answered via telephone. Please allow two weeks after receipt of your email for a response from our program.

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Degree

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Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Students enrolled in their senior year of college are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed in May of the year of enrollment.

If you hold an international degree and are applying to our program, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution.

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Grade Point Average

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Applicants must have a minimum 3.2 overall science and 3.2 overall GPA on a scale where “A” equals 4.0 to be considered in the admissions process.

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Graduate Record Examination

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Applicants must have a minimum score of 153 on the verbal, 144 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the analytical writing components of the GRE General Test to be considered in the admissions process. The GRE must be taken and official scores received and verified by CASPA prior to the Aug. 1 deadline. Test scores cannot be more than five years old as of the application deadline.

The website for online registration for the GRE General Test is www.gre.org. When filling out the application you will be asked for an Institutional Code, a Department Code and a Major Field Code. The institutional code for Baylor College of Medicine is 2149, which will allow your scores to be sent directly to CASPA.  GRE scores sent directly to our program are not accepted.  The departmental code and the major field code is not required.

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English Language Testing for International Applicants

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International applicants who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States and whose native language is not English must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Satisfactory TOEFL performances are: [1] a total score of 80 with at least a score of 20 on each section of the Internet-based test, or [2] a total score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on the Listening Comprehensive section of the Computer-based test. Satisfactory IELTS performance requires scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band score. Information about the TOEFL, including testing dates and locations can be obtained from the Educational Testing Services (ETS). Official scores must be received by CASPA prior to the Aug. 1 deadline.

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Course-Specific Requirements

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All applicants must complete the below science and non-science course prerequisites by May of the year of enrollment. The minimum prerequisite courses cannot be waived or substituted and must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or higher. Science courses taken must be designated for science majors (NOT nursing, health professions, or health science majors).

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BCM PA Program Admission Prerequisites

BCM PA Program Admission Prerequisites

Semester Credit Hours

Biological Sciences *

 

Anatomy with lab

4

Physiology with lab

4

Microbiology with lab

4

Genetics

3

Chemistries*

 

General Chemistry I with lab

4

General Chemistry II with lab

4

Organic Chemistry with lab

4

Humanities

 

General Psychology

3

Humanities Elective (Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology)

3

Expository Writing/English Composition

3

Statistics

 

Statistics (must include Analysis of Variance/ANOVA)

3

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*All science courses MUST be intended for science majors ONLY (NOT nursing, allied health, kinesiology, exercise science, or health science majors). No exceptions.

  • Minimum required coursework cannot be waived or substituted.
  • All science prerequisites must be intended for science majors (not allied health, health science, kinesiology, exercise science, or nursing majors).
  • Prerequisite science coursework cannot be more than seven years old and non-science coursework cannot be more than 10 years old as of the application deadline of Aug. 1.
  • Quarter or trimester credits must be converted by applicant to ensure equivalency to above listed semester credit hours.
  • All laboratory prerequisites must be done in person, not through distance learning.
  • AP credit for prerequisite coursework will not be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Coursework can ONLY be approved in writing by the BCM PA Program, not CASPA or any other entity, at paprogram@bcm.edu.
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Self-Appraisal Checklist

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NEW: You can self-appraise your level of preparation with regard to each admissions prerequisite by downloading the Self-Appraisal Checklist.

Please note: Distance learning or online courses obtained through accredited institutions in the United States are recognized to meet the prerequisite requirements. Courses requiring laboratory sections cannot be completed online. We do not accept AP or transfer credit for any prerequisite requirement. All courses listed are in semester credit hours. Quarter credits are not equivalent to semester credits and require the equivalent number of semester credit hours in order to be considered to meet the prerequisite requirements.

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Prerequisite Course Eligibility

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Courses completed while attending a regionally accredited U.S. College or University that are submitted in fulfillment of non-science course prerequisites must be no more than 10 years old based upon the application deadline of Aug. 1. Courses submitted in fulfillment of the science course prerequisites must be no more than seven years old as of the Aug. 1 application deadline. AP credit is not accepted unless resulted in a letter grade on your official transcript (not just credit for a prerequisite course).

Individuals applying for admission to the PA Program, who have completed their education outside the United States, must do two things if admitted and prior to enrollment. First, they must enroll in and receive transfer credit AND a bachelor's degree or above at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Second, candidates who received a bachelor's degree or above from a college or other academic institution outside the United States must complete all prerequisite coursework at an accredited U.S. college or university prior to making application for admission to the PA Program. Failure to complete these requirements by enrollment will result in the withdrawal of admission offer.

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Healthcare Experience and Shadowing Hours

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Healthcare experience, patient care experience, and shadowing hours are not required for application. These hours will be considered in the holistic application review process, but are not required for admissions or enrollment.

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Supplemental Fee Payment

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Payment for the supplemental fee (see link below) must be received by midnight Aug. 1. If you have not already paid your supplemental fee from the direct link in your CASPA application, you may pay by following the instructions in the link below.

Questions concerning your Supplemental Fee should be directed to the Baylor Physician Assistant Program at paprogram@bcm.edu.

Baylor College of Medicine Supplemental Fee Payment

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BLS Certification

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The course leading to certification must follow either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines and must be a healthcare provider level BLS course. Online courses without practical experience are not acceptable. Current BLS certification must be valid through June of the year following matriculation.

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Preferences

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Applicants seeking entry to the Baylor PA Program are strongly encouraged to complete a medical terminology course prior to matriculation as the technical language of medicine can initially alter ones reading speed and rate of comprehension. Applicants are likewise encouraged to develop the skills required to use basic computer hardware and software programs along with Internet search strategies as much of the curriculum is accessed via an online course management system.