- Submit both CASPA and NAU applications by the September 1 deadline (CASPA verified no later than November 1)
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- A minimum of an earned bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution OR equivalent*
- Overall and science course GPA of 3.0 or higher (CASPA calculation)
- Complete prerequisite courses from a U.S. regionally accredited institution
- Minimum of 9 credits of science courses completed in the last 5 years
- A minimum of 500 hours of health care experience is required. Both volunteer and paid experiences are acceptable.
- Submission of GRE scores at the time of application. A composite score of 284 or higher (verbal & quant) is most competitive (CASPA submission only)
- Three letters of reference/recommendation. (CASPA submission only)
*If the degree was earned outside the U.S., applicants must:
- Submit official transcripts in the language of instruction and an official English translation evaluated by either WES or ECE to the NAU Graduate College and to CASPA no later than September 1. WES or ECE evaluation fees are the responsibility of the applicant.
- Complete prerequisite courses from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
- Demonstrate English proficiency by submitting TOEFL scores with a minimum score of 100 on the iBT (internet-based testing) and a minimum of 26 on the speaking component.
Please see all requirements in this file.
Arizona colleges and universities prerequisite course lists Accordion Closed
- General Prerequisite Course List (non-Arizona schools)
- Arizona State University (ASU)
- Arizona Western College (AWC)
- Central Arizona College (CAC)
- Coconino Community College (CCC)
- Cochise College
- Diné College
- Eastern Arizona College (EAC)
- Grand Canyon University (GCU)
- Maricopa Community College(s)
- Mohave Community College
- Northern Arizona University (NAU)
- Northland Pioneer College (NPC)
- Pima Community College (PCC)
- Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC)
- University of Arizona (UA)
- Yavapai College
Please see the full list of all course prerequisites and their corresponding colleges/universities in this file.
The PA profession continues to be one of the most highly sought-after careers in the country. The interest and growth in the profession has resulted in a profound increase in highly qualified applicants to all programs and the creation of many new programs across the country. Recent data show that it is now statistically as difficult to get into PA school as it is to get into medical school. Because of this, many applicants are unsuccessful with the admissions process. We receive over 2000 applications every admissions cycle. Department personnel are not able to reach out to applicants individually for feedback and advisement about the application process. We have created an Admissions Checklist that can be used as a self-appraisal. The checklist can be completed on your own. Interested applicants should share the checklist with their own health professions advisors at their respective schools. The department will not review any checklists for any applicant. In addition to our Admissions Checklist self-appraisal, interested applicants should review the demographic data and statistics for each matriculating class and compare their own personal data to that of our successful matriculants. Data on matriculating classes will be updated yearly.
Questions regarding the minimum requirements for admission should be sent to PAprog@nau.edu. Any questions regarding prerequisite coursework and equivalency sent to the program will not be answered without first completing our Prerequisite Inquiry Form (http://bit.ly/NAUPA-PIQ). Please review all prerequisite equivalency lists available on our website (Arizona schools only) and the FAQs on our website before submitting your inquiry.
The university publishes a non-discriminatory policy in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and consistent with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.
Additionally, in accordance with the PA program mission and goals, the program will give preference to applicants who indicate a high potential for remaining in the state of Arizona to work following graduation as well as individuals from targeted populations defined by our HRSA Primary Care Training Grant. This includes individuals who are first generation college students, economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, underrepresented populations, military veterans, and those from rural backgrounds.
Both the CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) and the NAU Graduate College application must be completed by September 1 for consideration.
The application cycle begins in April and closes September 1 each year.
If you have any questions, or you wish to receive e-mail updates, send your request to PAprog@nau.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please see our technical standards page for further information about our standards expectations.