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Frequently Asked Questions

What if my GPA is slightly below the minimum required?

Your GPA is important to us. If it has fallen below the minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale it is recommended that you bring it up to the minimum for consideration into the program.

What is the fastest way to bring up my GPA?

Repeating courses at the institution where the course was originally taken is the fastest way to bring up your GPA. You can take courses elsewhere and transfer them for subject credit but that is not the recommended path since doing so will not affect the GPA calculation from the deficient grade nor substantially bring up your GPA.

Do you require previous healthcare or community service experience?

Additional healthcare and community service experiences are recommended, but not required. The program requires a minimum of 20 shadowing hours which provides you the exposure and thoughtfulness on the PA scope of practice. No preference will be given to applicants who have healthcare or community service experience.

I am employed at a facility that has a PA. Can working with a PA count as my shadowing hours?

Shadowing hours are very important. Merely working with a PA does not replace the active shadowing experience or the minimum 20 hours of shadowing.

Can I include my volunteer hours on the shadowing verification form?

The verification of shadowing form is for shadowing hours only.

Can I take online courses to satisfy prerequisite coursework?

All prerequisite courses should be taken at a U.S. college or university that is regionally accredited:

  • The Program will accept credits completed at community colleges.
  • The Program will accept non-laboratory course credits completed online.
  • The Program will not accept laboratory course credits completed online.

Foreign coursework must be evaluated by WES before being considered, more detailed information about foreign coursework can be found on this page and elsewhere on the University of La Verne’s website.

How do I know if the course I took was at an accredited institution?

The University accepts courses taken at a number of institutions accredited by several different accreditation organizations. The list of acceptable accreditation organizations can be found on

Are there any admission or enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups?

The program does have special population criteria that provide a guaranteed interview to the following groups, if all admissions requirements are met:

  1. Military veterans
  2. University of La Verne graduates

Does the program offer advance placement?

The program does not offer advance placement into any phase of the program.

My prerequisite units are in quarter hours. Is this equal to the semester hours identified on the web page?

Please utilize the conversion legend found at: to determine your semester units.

Do my prerequisite classes need to be completed prior to the application deadline?

Yes. You must complete all your required prerequisites prior to the October 1 deadline. All applicants’ bachelor degrees must be conferred by October 1.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to apply to the program?

Yes. We will not consider applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree.  We are unable to make any exceptions to this requirement.

Can I audit or enroll in a PA course at the University if I am thinking about becoming a PA?

Only students who have been formally admitted in the PA program may enroll in PA courses. Audits are not permitted.

Can I attend the program part-time?

The program is a 27 month full-time program. There are no opportunities for part-time enrollment.

What academic credit is offered by the program?

Detailed information on the academic credit offered per course and trimester can be found in the Student Handbook (available online soon). The didactic phase of the program requires 68 semester hours of credit and the clinical phase of the program requires 50 semester hours of credit. The entire program requires 118 semester hours of credit.

Can I upload my CV as part of the application?

CVs are not a requirement nor will be considered as part of the admissions criteria.

Do I need to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE)?

The program does not require the GRE for admission consideration at this time.

Do you require a supplemental application?

We do not require a supplemental application for the PA program.

Do you accept foreign courses and transcripts?

Yes we accept courses evaluated by WES. All academic records must be translated to English by a certified US language service (such as

If foreign transcripts are already in English, then they must be evaluated for North American course equivalencies with calculated GPA’s on a 4.0 scale by the World Education Services ( and submitted directly CASPA when applying to the PA Program. The degree credential, courses and GPA that WES has evaluated will only be the one recognized for admission into the program. WES does not evaluate transcripts that have not been translated to English.

I am a foreign medical graduate who is licensed as a Physician in a foreign country. Do I still have to fulfill the shadowing hours with a PA or Physician?

All applicants to the program must fulfill the admission criteria and shadowing hours regardless of prior experience in similar fields.

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

Thoughtful planning is needed in all aspects of your educational experience including financial obligations and personal responsibilities. It is recommended that you do not work while enrolled in the program to insure every possibility of achieving success.

When does the program start?

Each new cohort begins in August.

How many students do you accept in each cohort?

The first cohort (August 2018) consists of 22 students, the second class (August 2019) will have 24 students, and every class after that will have 30 students.

Will the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affect prerequisite or admission requirements? (updated 8/26/2020)

In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the PA Program recognizes that some courses had to be transitioned online. Prerequisite coursework, including labs that were completed or converted online during Spring and Summer 2020, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All prerequisites must have a passing grade of “C” or better or equivalent (i.e. Credit/No Credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the PA Program recognizes the challenges facing prospective PA students in finding  shadowing hours. The shadowing hour requirement will be suspended until further notice. No preference will be given during the 2020 application cycle.

Since the novel coronavirus pandemic is evolving we will post any updates or changes on this web-page.


Accreditation statement:

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of La Verne Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of La Verne.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.