Master of Health Science: Physician Assistant

Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program is limited.
Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, residency, evidence of potential for future practice in primary care in medically underserved areas of Pennsylvania, evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, and letters of recommendation. Those candidates who appear most qualified based upon the above factors may be asked for a personal interview. Health care experience, while beneficial, is not a requirement for admission.

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Potential students apply to the program throught the Cetralized Application Service for Physician Assistants

Important Changes to Application Deadlines and Process

  • The Physician Assistant Admissions Committee at Lock Haven University has changed the application deadline and admissions requirements for applicants of the May 2014 admissions cycle. Applications open in May and must be completed on or before OCTOBER 1st. To be eligible for an interview, candidates must submit their official GRE scores, either through CASPA or directly to Lock haven University, on or before NOVEMBER 1st. Candidates are eligible to apply if they will complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program in May.

    Applicants are able to achieve admission to the LHUP PA Program through one of the two following mechanisms:

    • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite courses listed below, and satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam


    • Enrollment in Lock Haven University's 3+2 BS/MHS Program. This accelerated program is open to highly qualified high school seniors who apply to the undergraduate Health Sciences Department for admission and indicate they are interested in the physician assistant program. Potential candidates are then invited to interview with faculty from the PA program, admissions staff and the Chair of the Health Sciences Department. For more information contact the Department of Admissions at 570-484-2011.

    Required for admission: A grade of B or better is required in all these pre-requisite courses.

    1. General Chemistry I
    2. General Chemistry II
    3. Two Biology or Zoology Courses
    4. Human Anatomy*
    5. Human Physiology*
    6. Microbiology
    7. Human Genetics
    8. Statistics

    Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation. All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation. Science courses with labs are preferred.

    *A combined two semester anatomy/physiology is acceptable.

    Recommended Courses:

    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Physics
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Additional course work in the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology)

    Completion of the Graduate Record Exam is required.

    All students must show evidence of computer literacy, either through formal coursework or experience. (Computer literacy includes basic understanding of the operation of computer systems, and applications such as word processing, file management, spreadsheets, and the use of the internet.)

    Because of the unique nature of the master’s program, transfer credits are not accepted as substituting for any component of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program.

    A minimum of five students, enrolled in the Lock Haven University Department of Health Sciences Pre-Physician Assistant Degree Program, meeting the entry requirements of the current 3 + 2 Majors, following a successful interview, are admitted each year. Please discuss with the Chair of the Health Sciences Department.

    **The Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee reserves the right to grant exceptions in extenuating circumstances.