Admission Requirements

The ISU PA Program does not award or grant advanced placement. The Physician Assistant curriculum is a progressive immersion experience and each class of students is expected to move through the curriculum as a cohort.

1. Baccalaureate Degree

A Baccalaureate degree needs to be completed by June 30th of the year you plan to enter the PA Studies program. It must be from a regionally accredited U.S. institute of higher learning.

2. Prerequisite Courses

Required courses must also be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institute of higher learning. The required prerequisite courses are:

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Anatomy (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course)
  • Human Physiology (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course)
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology (or Developmental Psychology throughout the Lifespan)

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 as well as a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses (listed above). Course work ten years or older is not accepted as prerequisite coursework. All prerequisites must be completed by June 30th of the year you plan to enter the program. However, applicants may have two prerequisite courses in progress during spring of the year they plan to enter the program.

List of Idaho State University courses that meet the prerequisite requirements

List of College of Idaho courses that meet the prerequisite requirements

Highly Recommended Courses:

(Please note: This list is not meant to be all inclusive and includes suggestions only!)

  • Upper level biology courses such as:
    • Advanced Anatomy (BIOL 4420 Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy, BIOL 4470 Cross-Sectional Anatomy)
    • Advanced Human Physiology (BIOL 3304 Comparative Functional Morphology and Physiology, BIOL 4449 - Human Physiology I, BIOL 4456 Human Physiology II, BIOL 4464 Lectures in Human Physiology, BIOL 4486 Human Systemic Physiology
    • Immunology (BIOL 4451 Immunology, BIOL 4454 Advanced Immunology)
    • Genetics (BIOL 3358 Genetics, BIOL 4461 Advanced Genetics)
    • Endocrinology (BIOL 4443 Endocrinology)
  • Other health-related courses from departments such as Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Health Education, and Gender Studies.
  • Medical Terminology
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, especially Spanish

3. Central Application Service for Physician Assistants

As part of the CASPA application process you will be required to submit three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all institutions attended, a personal statement and your work/shadow/volunteer experience.

4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE is an important admission requirement as the scores are used for ranking applicants. Please go to ETS website for information about testing locations and scheduling the exam.

The GRE General Test must be taken by November 1. The ISU GRE School Code is 4355 and the Department Code is 0634.

5. ISU Graduate School Application

The ISU Graduate School application (also called the "Supplemental Application") is required for admission to the PA program. When applying to the Graduate School, select the Fall semester. Please refer to the ISU Graduate School for information regarding the application, requirements, and fees.

CASPA DOES NOT forward transcripts to the Graduate School or the PA program. A separate set of official transcripts must be requested for ISU's Graduate School.

Official transcripts are to be sent to the following address:

ISU Graduate School
921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8075
Pocatello, ID 83209-8075

The Graduate School application deadline is November 1.

6. Technical Standards & Immunizations

All entering students must meet the required list of Technical Standards and must have required Immunizations.

7. Additional Considerations

  • Maturity
  • Work and health care experience are preferred but not required
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve academic success in a rigorous academic program
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to relate effectively with patients, peers and at a professional level
  • Evidence of a desire to practice primary care in Idaho, particularly among the medically underserved

Background information such as:

  • matriculation or attendance in any PA education program;
  • discipline for academic performance or conduct violations (e.g. academic probation, dismissal, suspension, disqualification, etc.) by any college or school;
  • conviction of a misdemeanor;
  • conviction of a felony;
  • any certification, registration, license or clinical privileges revoked, suspended or in any way restricted by an institution, state or locality


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209