Physician Assistant Program

York College Physician Assistant Program is currently a Master’s Program (MSPAS).
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Our first Master’s level class will begin Fall 2016 and the application process for this cycle has begun on September 1, 2016 ending January 15, 2016. For additional information please fill out the attached form.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 1 year of General Biology
  • 1 year of General Chemistry
  • 1 semester of Biochemistry
  • 1 year of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 1 semester of Microbiology – preferably Clinical Microbiology
  • 1 semester of Statistics
  • 1 year of behavioral sciences to include Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – York PA Program - GRE Code 1984
  • 500 hours of documentation healthcare experience (volunteer or paid)
  • Application to 1) CUNY 2) CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) requiring personal statement, HCE documentation, references, and a current resume
  • Personal Interview and Interview Exit Essay


  • 1 semester of Organic chemistry (may be required as a prerequisite for Biochemistry)

The Human Anatomy & Physiology courses must have been taken within the previous 5 years. Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology) taken more than 10 years ago will not be accepted. As an alternative to repeating the General Biology or General Chemistry courses, applicants may demonstrate adequate content knowledge by successful completion of the CLEP (College Level Equivalency Placement) Exam.

Selection Process

In the past, all admissions review and calculations have been done by the faculty and staff of the program. As we transition to the masters, we will be participate in CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) which will handle collection of documents, screening for minimum requirements, initial processing applications and calculation of GPAs etc. Top scorers are offered admission. CASPA allows students to apply to multiple PA programs with a single submission of documents. Selected students are invited for an interview and all components of the application are scored.