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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are required to be successfully completed prior to matriculation:

Subject Semester
Biochemistry 3 4
Human Anatomy* 3 4
Human Physiology* 3 4
Introduction to Psychology** 3 4
Microbiology 3 4

*Human Anatomy and Human Physiology may be completed as two individual courses or by taking a combined Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II course sequence over two terms. A single combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course alone will not satisfy either the anatomy or physiology prerequisite requirements, unless the combined course is 6 semester hours/8 quarter hours.

**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” below, as these subjects will have more relevance to your Physician Assistant studies.

Please note the following regarding the prerequisite coursework:

  • You may have up to three outstanding prerequisite courses (Planned or In-Progress) at the time of application. If you have 1-3 prerequisites in progress, the Admissions Committee may, in some instances, place your application on hold until you have successfully completed the coursework.
  • The laboratory component for the required science courses is recommended but not required.
  • 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 has been taken within the last five years.
  • Starting in the 2019-20 application cycle, we will no longer accept survey courses as fulfilling the prerequisite requirements.


The below courses are recommended to better prepare for the Physician Assistant curriculum at Rosalind Franklin University:

Subject Semester Hours  Quarter Hours
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


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required prior to matriculation into the program or current enrollment in the DePaul University Pathways Honors program.
  • A minimum overall and science GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale is required, as calculated by CASPA.
  • 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 by the time of matriculation; grades of “B” or higher are considered to be more competitive.
  • It is recommended that prerequisite coursework has 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 If you studied outside of the US through a study abroad program offered through a US institution, please follow CASPA’s instructions to determine how to report coursework completed through study abroad.


  • A valid Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Refer to ETS’s section on “Reportable History” to see when your GRE result is no longer valid.
  • The General Test is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • Please release your GRE scores to code #0276 for "Rosalind Franklin U Phys Asst CASPA". If you reported your official GRE scores to code #0276 in a past application cycle, you should not have to submit another request in 2019-20 unless you either have new exam results to report or your GRE score is no longer valid.
  • Successful candidates typically have scores above the 50th percentile in all three sections of the exam.


  • If you earned a bachelor’s degree from outside the U.S. and/or you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency via an official TOEFL report that includes a total score and category scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking. (The TOEFL requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis if you have been a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.)
  • A TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) of 100 or the equivalent is recommended for graduate school with no category score being lower than 22.
  • You may report your official TOEFL score through CASPA by having ETS send your score results to code 3709.


  • Minimum of two and a maximum of three letters of recommendation are required. The Admissions Committee will review no more than three recommendations if more than three recommendations are submitted.
  • 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 through CASPA. Direct submissions to Rosalind Franklin University will not be accepted.


A personal statement is required.


A resume or curriculum vitae is not required.


This program does not have a supplemental application.


This program does not accept transfer applicants.


This program does not accept non-degree applicants.


This program does not accept early decision applicants.


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.


Although 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 Honors Program or the Early Opportunity Program, and an RFU student (i.e. MS in 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


Proficiency in basic computer skills.


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


  • Prior direct patient-care related medical experience and/or shadowing PAs in clinical practice is strongly recommended.
  • Coming into the program, successful applicants typically have at least 800 hours of direct patient contact and PA shadowing experience.

Contact Us

Phone: 847-578-3204
Mailing address:

Rosalind Franklin University
Office of Admissions and Enrollment
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064