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Criteria for Program Selection

Admission to the Physician Assistant Program is highly competitive.  In order to be considered for admission to the PA program, a candidate must fulfill the following minimum criteria:

  • Completion of the general education courses with GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Completion of the required natural science courses with GPA of 2.7 or above.  
  • All natural science courses must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline. Note:  Foreign trained physicians are allowed a 10 year limitation on theNatural Science requirements.
  • Previous health care career education and/or documented experience are highly recommended. Shadowing a physician assistant for a minimum of 50 hours is highly recommended for all MDC PA program applicants
  • Completion of program-generated admission test and written essay.
  • English competency in oral and written communication skills is required.
  • Preference given to Miami-Dade County residents however, all applicants are considered.
  • Successful completion of a panel interview (interview rated by panel)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admission test and Written Essay is by invitation only. The following criteria is used to determine eligibility for the Admission Test and Written Essay:

Overall GPA, Natural Science GPA, Medical Training and Background, completion of all pre-requisite courses, county of residence and degrees earned.

The top 100 candidates will then be interviewed for consideration of admission into the Program.
Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply for admission the following year.

The following general education pre-requisite courses must be completed before applying to the PA program to obtain an A.S. degree in Physician Assistant:


Course Title


HSC 0003   Introduction to Health Care - Institutional requirement.

Credits do not count towards A.S. degree. No pre-requisite.

General Education Core Courses (15 credits) )

ENC 1101

English Composition 1


SPC 1017

Fundamentals of Speech Communication


CLP 1006

The Psychology of Personal Effectiveness


PHI 2604

Critical Thinking and Ethics


STA 2023

Statistical Methods


Natural Science Courses (17 credits)

BSC 2085

Human Anatomy & Physiology I


BSC 2085L

Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab


BSC 2086

Human Anatomy & Physiology 2


BSC 2086L

Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab


CHM 1033

Chemistry for Health Sciences


CHM 1033L

Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab


MCB 2010



MCB 2010L

Microbiology Lab


CGS 1060 or Computer Competency Test (CCT)

Introduction to Microcomputer Usage


Highly Recommended Courses

CHM 1045

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis


CHM 1045L

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab


CHM 1046

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis


CHM 1046L

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab


MAC 1105

College Algebra


BSC 1005

General Education Biology


BSC 1005L

General Education Biology Lab


HIM 2472

Medical Terminology


ENC 1102

English Communication 2


All natural science courses taken more than five years ago must be repeated.
All laboratory courses taken more than five years ago do not need to be repeated if obtained a satisfactory grade of “C” or better. Completion of General Education and natural science courses and grades attained will enter into the “selection process”.

Students should review the College Catalog for specific course descriptions, including pre and co-requisite course requirements.

What Are the Qualities of a Good Candidate? 

Intelligence, the ability to relate to people, capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in encountering emergencies, and a demonstrated commitment to patients are qualities essential for the physician assistant. The ideal candidate has the academic ability, prior health care experience, and personal maturity to successfully complete the program and to insure a productive career as a physician assistant. 
The program's selections committee is seeking candidates who: 
sincerely want a career as a physician assistant and have a good understanding of the role of the PA;

  1. can successfully complete a college level program essentially heavy in basic sciences; 
  2. have experience in the delivery of health care; 
  3. have a thorough understanding of the role of a primary care practitioner; 
  4. have a thorough understanding and commitment to the team concept in health care; 
  5. can thrive in a service career providing help and care to other people; 
  6. have the maturity and tolerance to work calmly under stress; 
  7. can communicate effectively and efficiently both in writing and in speech; and 
  8. can demonstrate a commitment to community service.

All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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