The M.S. degree program in Physician Assistant will consider applicants who:
  • Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Complete application via Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at
  • Submit the Bethel University PA Questionnaire with $50 non-refundable fee.
  • Submit documentation of at least 250 hours of healthcare experience (via CASPA).
  • Submit two Admission References (via CASPA).
  • Submit official transcripts (U.S. schools) or NACES or AICE evaluations (international schools) from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution.
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA from all collegiate (undergraduate and graduate) coursework of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale overall, and 3.25 or higher science GPA as calculated by CASPA at the time of application.
  • Interview with representatives of the program.
  • Have completed college-level subject matter prerequisites from regionally accredited U.S. (or internationally recognized as equivalent) higher education institution, with a grade of B- or higher. Each prerequisite course must be a minimum of 3 credits. Five of the eight prerequisites must be completed at time of application. Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed by March 1st in the year of matriculation.


  •          Anatomy (taken within the last five years)
  •          Biochemistry
  •          Microbiology (taken within the last five years)
  •          Organic Chemistry
  •          Physics
  •          Physiology (taken within the last five years)
  •          Psychology
  •          Statistics 


  •          Ethics
  •          Genetics
  •          Pathophysiology
  •          Pharmacology
  • Meet program technical standards (see:
  • Criminal background checks, drug screens, and finger printing are required by many hospital organizations before PA students can enter their facilities. PA licensure is dependent upon many or all of these (depending on the state). Therefore, it is the responsibility of PA students who are accepted into the Bethel PA program to complete items as requested by the program. If there is a positive result, depending on the degree of positivity, enrollment in the Bethel PA program may not occur and Bethel legal counsel will be notified for appropriate deliberations. The cost of such requirements is the responsibility of the student

International Applicants and Applicants with Higher Education from International Schools

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination score report is required of all international applicants and all applicants whose primary language is not English. A TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper-based), or 100 (internet-based) or an IELTS minimum score of 7 is required.
  • Applicants with higher education from international schools must have earned at least 30 credits of higher education coursework at a U.S. regionally accredited institution.

For more information regarding International PA program requirements, please visit

Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply in order to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from the matriculation of the first class.

Programs at Bethel University are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the PA program has been added to our list of approved programs with the HLC; the PA program is also registered with the Minnesota Department of Education.