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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are required for admission:

Prerequisite Coursework Semester
Biochemistry 3 4
Human Anatomy* 3 4
Human Physiology* 3 4
Introduction to Psychology** 3 4
Microbiology 3 4
Recommended Coursework
Statistics 3 4
Research Design 3 4
Technical Writing 3 4
Medical Terminology 3 4
Medical Ethics 3 4
Child, Developmental or Abnormal Psychology 3 4

*The Human Anatomy and Human Physiology requirements can be met by taking a combined Human Anatomy & Human Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Human Physiology II course sequence over two terms. A single combined Human Anatomy & Human Physiology course alone will not meet the prerequisite requirements.

** For students who have received advanced placement for Introduction to Psychology; an additional psychology course is required. Please review the suggested psychology courses listed under the recommended coursework above.

  • You may have up to three outstanding courses (Planned or In-Progress) at the time of application.
  • The laboratory component for these courses is recommended, but not required.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program or current enrollment in the DePaul University Pathway program.
  • A minimum overall and science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required. Special consideration will be given to the last 60 hours of completed coursework.
  • All prerequisite coursework grades must be “C” or higher and must have been taken within the last ten years; grades of “B” or higher are considered to be more competitive.
  • All prerequisite coursework grades must be “C” or higher and must have been taken within the last ten years by the time of matriculation; grades of “B” or higher are considered to be more competitive.
  • It is recommended that prerequisite coursework have been taken within the last five years.
  • If you have studied outside the US, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated for US equivalency using a service such as or


  • The Graduate Education Record (GRE) examination taken within five years of the time of application.
  • The general examination is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • There is no minimum score for the GRE requirement. Successful candidates typically have scores above the 50th percentile in all 3 areas.
  • Please release your GRE scores to code #0276 for "Rosalind Franklin U Phys Asst CASPA".

Letters of Recommendation

  • Minimum of two, and a maximum of three letters of recommendation are required.
  • One of the letters submitted should be from an instructor who can attest to the applicant’s scholastic aptitude, and one should be from a health care professional with whom the applicant has worked.
  • All letters must be submitted to CASPA. Direct submissions to the University will not be accepted.


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science creates a pathway of excellence in education, service, scholarship and healthcare by embracing a community of people with a breadth of characteristics, experiences and accomplishments. Our diversity embodies the understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizes our individual differences. These differences include but are not limited to internal dimensions such as personality, race, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, learning and thinking style; external dimensions such as geographical location, marital status, income level, educational background, work experience, religious and political beliefs; and organizational dimensions such as professional affiliation, organizational status and level of influence. Our university is committed to inclusion and thereby helping to create a well-trained, diverse health professions workforce committed to working with underserved and disadvantaged populations to reduce health disparities.


While the Physician Assistant Program encourages any and all applicants to apply, the following are considered to be value added groups to add to the diversity of the Physician Assistant Program: Black or African American, American Indian, Spanish/Hispanic/Latino/Latina*, males, any person who has served honorably in the armed forces of the United States, any person who is socially-disadvantaged or first generation college, a student in the DePaul Pathways or Early Admission program, and an RFUMS student (i.e. biomedical sciences program)

*If identified as Hispanic, the individual can then select one or more of the following: Cuban, Mexican American, Chicano/Chicana, Puerto Rican or other Ethnic

Computer Competency

Proficiency in basic computer skills.

Medical Terminology

Proficiency in medical terminology is expected of all students at the time of matriculation.

Patient Care

  • Prior direct patient-care related medical experience and/or shadowing PAs in clinical practice is strongly recommended.
    • RFUMS PA faculty does not offer shadowing opportunities, however applicants may contact Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants - for additional information.
  • Coming into the program, successful applicants typically have at least 800 hours of direct patient contact and PA shadowing experience.

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