Application Procedure

  • Each applicant must apply to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) CASPA deadline is November 1 for the following June entry. CASPA is a service that collates materials, computes grade point averages and transmits standardized information to the applicant and the physician assistant program(s) the applicant designates. CASPA takes no part in the evaluation, selection or rejection of applicants. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete and submit all supporting documentation to CASPA in a timely manner. The application status check, provided to applicants as part of the CASPA service, should be monitored throughout the application process. CASPA will not mail incomplete applications. The MC PA Program suggests the applicant apply early. It takes CASPA anywhere from 4-6 weeks to process an application. The program will be assigning interview days as qualified candidates are identified. Please see CASPA Admissions Code of Cooperation for more information.

  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended and three letters of recommendation are required and must be sent to the CASPA office.

  • Official test score results from the MCAT and/or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test (verbal and quantitative) must be sent with the CASPA application under school/department code 0937 (GRE only). No minimum score is required.

  • The application is reviewed by an admissions committee to select applicants for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in early November and January each year. Applicants are required to have completed all prerequisite courses by December of the year of application for the program's June start date. Applicants who would like to be considered for "early" interviews must have their CASPA application completed by August 1 of the year of application.

  • The MC PA Program will consider applicants who have one prerequisite course in process during the spring semester preceding the June start date.

Selection for admission is based on evaluation of the following factors:

  • Academic preparation
  • Motivation, maturity, ability to work with people
  • Knowledge of the PA profession
  • Letters of recommendation

Practice as a Physician Assistant requires maturity, responsibility and a commitment to providing high quality health care. Many physician assistant students bring significant prior health care, life and educational experiences. For the Marietta College PA Program such experience is strongly recommended though not required.

Transfer of Credit
Marietta College PA Program does not accept transfer of credit for any of the PASP courses, both in the didactic phase and the clinical rotation phase of the curriculum.

Advanced Placement
The Marietta College PA Program does not award advanced placement in either the didactic phase or the clinical rotation phase.

Student Work Policies
Due to the rigorous academic course work of Marietta College PA Program, students are discouraged from working outside the classroom during the didactic phase; they are not allowed to work during the clinical rotation phase of their education.

Typical MC Accepted Applicant

  • Age 23
  • Prerequisite GPA 3.7
  • 1 year health care experience

Prior professional experiences include, but are not limited to the following areas: nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomist, paramedic, medical assistant, athletic trainer, cardiac patient technician, triage assistant, and surgical specialist.

Acceptance Deposit

Accepted students will be asked to submit a $500 admission deposit. Payment of the deposit indicates the student's intent to enroll in the PA Program. The deposit will go towards program fees and supplies. The fee will not be refunded for students who withdraw from the program.

Paul Spear Appalachia Scholarship

Two students per class will be chosen to receive the Paul Spear Appalachia Scholarship. The scholarship is based on the applicant’s desire to provide healthcare in the Southeastern Ohio and/or Appalachia area and financial need. The award covers half of the tuition for both the didactic and clinical phases of the Program as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA throughout the Program. In repayment of the scholarship, the student commits to a one-for-one service agreement to practice in the Southeastern Ohio and/or Appalachia area for each year of the scholarship award (2 year maximum).

International Students
Marietta College requires that all foreign transcripts be evaluated by Educational Credentialing Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470; (414)289-3400; A course by course evaluation U.S. equivalency report is required. The foreign transcript reports are sent to CASPA directly from the agency. If English is not the applicants primary language, the applicant must take the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) and receive a score of 100 or above to be considered for admission. Information on the iBT TOEFL may be obtained from their website at An exception to this requirement would be applicants who have received 3 or more years of secondary education (high school) in the United States.

Statement of Nondiscrimination
Marietta College admits student of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender orientation, or religious affiliation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other college-administrated programs.

If you have any questions regarding our non-discrimination policy, please contact our Director of Human Resources.