Application ProcessPrerequisite CoursesPrerequisite DatabaseApplication Requirements

Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements

The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you.Visit the ISS website to learn more.

Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate

Admission to the program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.

Step 3: Preparing and Submitting Your Application

The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application, and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline. Applicants must ensure that their supplemental application is submitted on or before the November 1st deadline to be considered.

Preference Factors: The PA program has developed a special linkage program with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in which Cal Poly Pomona students meeting requirements mandated by the Pre-Professional Advisor from Cal Poly Pomona and the PA program at WesternU, are given special consideration for admission. This is not an early admissions process. Applications for this linkage are handled by the Cal Poly Pomona Pre-Professional Advisor, Dr. John Chan, who can be contacted at 909-869-4086.

Additionally, in accordance with the Department of PA Education vision, the program will give special consider for admission to applicants who are from underrepresented populations and who indicate a high potential for remaining in the state of California to work following graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate through the application process, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.

Prerequisite Courses

Required: 6 semester or 8 quarter units of:

College English & English Composition

  • Must be a full-year course sequence

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) courses will not satisfy this prerequisite

  • Must be taken from the English Department. If your school does not have an English Department, we may accept courses from the Humanities or Literature Departments

  • Literature courses may be accepted on a case-by-case basis

Required: 3 semester or 4 quarter units:

College Algebra

  • Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Geometry or Trigonometry courses may be accepted in place of a College Algebra course

Human Anatomy w/ lab AND Human Physiology w/ lab (3 semester or 4 quarter units of each)

  • If anatomy and physiology are combined, we will accept a minimum of 5 semester units

  • Must be taken out of the Anatomy & Physiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biology or Zoology Department

  • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2011 & later for Fall 2019 application cycle)

  • Must be satisfactorily completed by December 31st of the year prior to entering WesternU (i.e. December 31, 2018 for the class entering August 2019)

  • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Online/virtual labs will only be accepted for those matriculating into the Fall 2019 entering class.

Microbiology w/ lab – may not be an introductory course

  • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2011 & later for Fall 2019 application cycle)

  • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Online/virtual labs will only be accepted for those matriculating into the Fall 2019 entering class.

​Genetics – lab is not required

  • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2011 & later for Fall 2019 application cycle)

Psychology – must be a general or introductory course

General or Introductory Sociology – must be a general or introductory course (Cultural Anthropology also accepted) – 3 semester units

Introductory Statistics

  • Preferably taken from the Math or Statistics Department. If taken from another department please contact the Admission Office

Required: 6 semester or 12 quarter units of:

General or Inorganic Chemistry w/ labs

  • ​Must be a full year sequence of lecture and lab

  • General Chemistry with organic and biochemistry combinations will not satisfy this prerequisite

  • Must have been completed no more than seven years prior to application deadline at WesternU (i.e. 2011 & later for Fall 2019 application cycle)

  • Labs must be on-campus and/or in class. Online/virtual labs will only be accepted for those matriculating into the Fall 2019 entering class.

Required: 9 semester or 12 quarter units of:


  • This may include courses such as art, music, ethics, philosophy, foreign languages and religion

Not required but highly recommended


All Prerequisites

  • Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution(exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
  • Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better(a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
  • Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation.
  • Will not be satisfied by advanced-placement, transfer of credit, pass/no credit, CLEP or credit for experiential learning
  • All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation
  • No more than one science and one non-science prerequisite can be in progress after December 31st of the year prior to when you plan to enter WesternU (excluding Anatomy and Physiology).
  • Introductory-level courses in the sciences are not accepted (e.g., courses taken in the sciences for non-science majors)
  • You are required to list all college coursework (including foreign coursework) on your CASPA application
  • A baccalaureate degree obtained from an educational institution that confers degrees solely based on acquiring prior community or other college credits (or a majority thereof) may not be accepted

Not sure if your course qualifies? If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy WesternU’s MSPA prerequisites you may:

  1. Search the prerequisite database by institution
  2. If your courses are not listed in the database and you have numerous in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheet. Note: academic worksheets are available March – August and will be reviewed during this time only

Application Requirements

Completion of required prerequisite courses

Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited US Institution

  • Must be conferred by the spring term of the matriculation year
  • BS or BA in any subject is acceptable

Minimum Overall, Science and Prerequisite GPAs of 3.00

  • GPA must meet minimum requirement at the time of application
  • You must maintain the minimum required GPA through admission into the program
  • Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 coursework are not calculated into the minimum GPA requirements prior to interviews
  • Meeting the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee the applicant will receive an invitation to interview for the program
  • To be competitive candidates should possess GPA’s consistent with the avg. of the most recent entering class.

Demonstrated a history of ongoing community service and involvement

  • Clinical experience, while preferred, is not required

Access to a computer meeting minimum technical standards

  • You are required to have access to a laptop computer or desktop while a student in the PA program
  • Computer should meet the minimum technical standards set by WesternU's IT department

Proof of Legal US Residency – If Required

  • If you are an international applicant or any other applicant who is not U.S. citizen and is living in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview.
  • Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance.

Meet the PA Program's Personal Competencies for Admission and Matriculation

Health Screenings and Immunizations

  • Should you be accepted into the MSPA program, you will be required to provide proof of the required health screenings and immunizations

Background Check

  • Your admission into the program will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check, which is to be completed and submitted prior to orientation. The background check is required to verify that your history is consistent with the University's Standards of Professional Conduct, and to ensure that you will be qualified to participate in the required clinical education experiences. A satisfactory criminal background check indicates no criminal history or satisfactory review of a criminal conviction without limitation; both misdemeanor and felony charges will be reviewed. If your background check is not considered “satisfactory”, you may have limited clinical site selection, may not be eligible for licensure or may have difficulty finding employment upon graduation. Supplemental or additional background checks may be required during the course of the educational program to meet the requirements of clinical education sites.