The required curriculum for the M.S. in Physician Assistant comprises a 112 semester credit sequence of courses over 27 months. The program requires four academic terms (15 months) of didactic training plus three academic terms (12 months) of clinical training. All biology (BIOL) courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher; all physician assistant (PHAS) courses must be passed with a grade of B or higher while maintaining a 3.0 GPA for all coursework. Visit https://www.bethel.edu/graduate/academics/physician-assistant/program-details/course-schedule.pdf for course sequence.
|BIOL 600||Human Gross Anatomy & Histology 1||4|
|BIOL 600L||Human Gross Anatomy and Histology Lab 1||2|
|BIOL 610||Human Medical Physiology 1||3|
|BIOL 620||Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 1||3|
|BIOL 621||Medical Pathophysiology I 1||2|
|BIOL 630||Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 1||4|
|BIOL 631||Medical Pathophysiology II 1||2|
|BIOL 640||Pharmacology and Therapeutics III 1||2|
|BIOL 641||Medical Pathophysiology III 1||2|
|PHAS 601||Introduction to History and Physical Examination 1||2|
|PHAS 601L||Introduction to History and Physical Examination Lab 1||1|
|PHAS 602||Patient Assessment and Diagnostics I 1||2|
|PHAS 602L||Patient Assessment and Diagnostics Lab I 1||1|
|PHAS 603||Patient Assessment and Diagnostics II 1||3|
|PHAS 603L||Patient Assessment and Diagnostics Lab II 1||1|
|PHAS 604||Patient Assessment & Diagnostics III 1||1|
|PHAS 604L||Patient Assessment and Diagnostics Lab III 1||1|
|PHAS 611||Foundation to Clinical Medicine 1||4|
|PHAS 612||Clinical Medicine I 1||6|
|PHAS 613||Clinical Medicine II 1||7|
|PHAS 614||Clinical Medicine III 1||5|
|PHAS 621||Evidence-Based Medicine and Research I 1||2|
|PHAS 622L||Medical Problem Solving I 1||1|
|PHAS 623L||Medical Problem Solving II 1||1|
|PHAS 624L||Medical Problem Solving III 1||1|
|PHAS 632||PA Professional Practice Issues I 1||2|
|PHAS 633||Cultural & Prevention Competency 1||2|
|PHAS 634||Christian Health Care and Applied Medical Ethics 1||3|
|PHAS 641||Evidence-Based Medicine and Research II 1||2|
|PHAS 710||Clinical Field Placements I 1||12|
|PHAS 720||Clinical Field Placements II 1||15|
|PHAS 730||Clinical Field Placements III 1||9|
|PHAS 735||Physician Assistant Professional Practice Capstone 1||2|
|PHAS 790||Evidence-Based Medicine Project/Thesis 1||2|
Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.
- Meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
- Complete application via Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
- 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, upon invitation. Bethel undergraduate students or graduates who meet all of the qualifications are guaranteed an interview, but not guaranteed a seat in the program.
- Have completed college-level subject matter prerequisites from regionally accredited U.S. 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)
- Microbiology (taken within the last five years)
- Organic Chemistry
- Physiology (taken within the last five years)
- Meet program technical standards (see: M.S. in Physician Assistant Technical Standards Policy).
- 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
Students who have not achieved the minimum GPA, grade standards, or other assessment criteria may still apply to be considered for provisional acceptance. See Admission Categories.
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 or a Pearson test of English Academic (PTE Academic) minimum score of 70 is required.
For more information regarding International PA program requirements, please visit the P.A. program website.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 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.