CMSV 310 Academic Prerequisites

Policy Name: Academic Prerequisites

All applicants to the College of Mount Saint Vincent Master of Science Physician Assistant Program will be required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to consideration for a seat within the program.

Prerequisite Requirements
Applicants will be required to have completed all of their prerequisites in science and math courses at the time of the application to CASPA (e-submission). With regard to grades, no more than one grade below a “B-” will be deemed acceptable.

Prerequisite Course Requirements
The prerequisite course list for admission into the Master of Science Physician Assistant Program is listed below:

  • Mathematics (Pre-calculus or Statistics) (3 credits)
  • General Biology + Laboratory (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry + Laboratory (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (3 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry + Laboratory or Biochemistry + Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Human Anatomy + Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology (3 credits) or Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Laboratory (7 credit minimum)

Advanced Placement Credit Protocol
Advanced placement credits will be accepted for pre-requisite courses only. Under no circumstance will a student be given credit toward the courses in the College’s Master of Science Physician Assistant Program.

Courses in Progress or Planned
As stated clearly above in Prerequisite Requirements: All prerequisites must be completed at the time of application to CASPA (e-submission).

Prerequisite Courses Greater than 10-years old
All prerequisite courses are required to have been successfully completed less than 10 years ago

International Students
Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language must submit scores from the TOEFL (minimum Score: 88 on the IBT), IELTS  (International English Language Testing System – minimum score: 7), or Pearson PTE (minimum score: 60) that are no more than two years old.