Minimum Prerequisites for Application to Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program

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IMPORTANT: All requirements, including prerequisites and bachelor degree, must be complete by April 1, 2016 for the June 2016 start. Prerequisites do not have to be completed through Sullivan University System. Meeting the minimum prerequisites neither guarantees an interview nor admission to the Physician Assistant Program.

English Composition or Communications course
Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology
Medical Terminology (at least one hour course)
General Chemistry I and II with General Chemistry Lab I and II
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology (or two courses A & P combined)

*Students who completed four quarter hours can be considered as their respective semester equivalent course hours.
Pre-requisite Courses Available at Sullivan University System Schools

The following is a list of courses which are offered at The Sullivan University System locations that will satisfy some of the prerequisites for application to the Physician Assistant Program:

English Composition or a
Communications course
ENG 101 (Composition I) OR
BUS 285 (Effective Communications and Human Relations) OR
COM 214 (Public Speaking) OR
COM 499 (Foundations of Communication)
Introduction to Psychology or PSY 214 (Introduction to Psychology) OR
Development Psychology PSY 274 (Developmental Psychology)
Medical Terminology HIM 101 (Medical Terminology)
Statistics MTH 202 (Introduction to Statistics)
Microbiology BIO 201 (Medical Microbiology)
Human Anatomy BIO 202 (Anatomy and Physiology I) ANDBIO 204 (Anatomy and Physiology II)
Human Physiology BIO 202 (Anatomy and Physiology I) ANDBIO 204 (Anatomy and Physiology II)
General Chemistry I and II CHM 201 General Chemistry I with lab (online)
CHM 202 General Chemistry II with lab (online)


Additional Requirements for Applicants:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 (if applicable).
  • Earn a math and science pre-requisite grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • A “C” or higher must be obtained in all prerequisite courses.
  • Grades from all non-remedial courses completed post-high school are used to calculate the grade point averages. If a course is repeated, only the higher grade is used. (Non-remedial courses are courses numbered 100 or higher).
  • Prior to consideration of an application, all but two of the math and science prerequisites must be completed with a grade posted on the official transcript(s).
  • At least 500 direct patient contact hours from, but not limited to the following positions:
    • nursing
    • medical assistant
    • respiratory therapy
    • medic, corpsman
    • occupational therapy
    • occupational therapy assistant
    • physical therapy
    • physical therapy assistant
    • EMS/paramedic
    • nursing assistant
    • surgical or ER tech
    • athletic trainer
    • counselor in health care setting
    • dental hygienist or assistant
    • medical scribe
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 26 in each section (if applicable).
  • Complete a personal statement with the application.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a PA, MD, or DO.
  • Complete the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program interview process (by invitation only).
  • Agree to and pass the criminal background check (no more than 45 days prior to the start of classes).
  • Submit the following healthcare documentation prior to the start of the Physician Assistant Program:
    • A physical examination (within three months prior to matriculation).
    • Evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); varicella; tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap); hepatitis B, all according to CDC guidelines.
    • Evidence of an annual flu vaccine, according to CDC guidelines.
    • An annual PPD or chest x-ray or clearance from a medical provider for applicants who could not receive a PPD.
    • Evidence of health insurance.

Meeting the minimum prerequisites neither guarantees an interview nor admission to the Physician Assistant Program.