Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.
Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.
St. Catherine University seeks PA students who:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). Applicants who have a bachelor's degree from St. Catherine University and who meet the admission criteria are given priority in the selection process.
Applicants with a foreign medical degree should contact the MPAS admission counselor, Mary Palin, at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to beginning the application process.
Grade point average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
A minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in a health, wellness or patient care setting prior to application.
Specific prerequisite courses are required for the MPAS program; review the next section for details.
The goal of the admission process is to compare all applicants on the same coursework, as much as possible. The Admission Committee requires basic-level courses in each prerequisite field, which all applicants are likely to have taken, and computes a cumulative prerequisite GPA. Not all courses taken in a prerequisite field are used to compute a prerequisite GPA. Only enough credits to satisfy the minimum requirement are counted in the prerequisite GPA. High-level electives may be used to meet credit requirements, but they are not necessarily used in the prerequisite GPA calculation, because the Admission Committee has no information about how other applicants would perform in those courses. If a prerequisite is retaken, only the grade received in the most recent course is calculated into the prerequisite GPA.
Prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of C or above (pass/fail or S/U grading is not acceptable), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
At the time of application to the MPAS program, no more than three courses may be "in progress" or yet to be taken. During the summer prior to initial fall enrollment in the graduate program, applicants are allowed to complete no more than 4 semester/5 quarter credits of prerequisite coursework, plus a medical terminology course. All other prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the winter/spring term prior to fall enrollment in the graduate program.
If an applicant appears to be missing the required number of credits in several prerequisite areas, the Admission Committee may deem the applicant ineligible to continue in the review process.
Biochemistry and Microbiology must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the start of the graduate program. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that all other prerequisite courses be completed within the past ten years. Please note that prerequisite course content does not fulfill MPAS degree requirements.
We will consider courses completed in an online format from a regionally accredited institution. However, we encourage students to complete courses that include a lab component in a face-to-face format, if possible.
We will accept AP credits for the following prerequisites: Pre-Calculus, Statistics and General Psychology. To verify results, applicants must submit official CollegeBoard scores directly to St. Catherine University (not CASPA) using the code 6105.
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy (4 semester credits)
Courses in order of preference are: human anatomy (often first half of combined anatomy and physiology sequence), mammalian/vertebrate anatomy, comparative anatomy. These credits must be from an anatomy, biology, zoology, physiology or kinesiology department.
St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 2400, BIOL 2510, BIOL 2610 or BIOL 3120
Human or Vertebrate Physiology (4 semester credits)
Courses in order of preference are: human physiology (often second half of combined anatomy and physiology sequence), or mammalian physiology. These credits must be from a biology, zoology, or physiology department.
St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 2410, BIOL 2520, BIOL 2620 or BIOL 3140
Organic Chemistry with lab (8 semester credits)
An organic chemistry sequence for science or health-science majors is preferred.
St. Kate’s equivalent: CHEM 2010 and CHEM 2020
Biochemistry (3-4 semester credits)
Must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment.
St. Kate’s equivalent: CHEM 4400 (preferred) or CHEM 2400
Microbiology (3-4 semester credits)
Must be completed within ten calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment.
St. Kate’s equivalent: BIOL 3210 (preferred) or BIOL 2200
Pre-Calculus (3-4 semester credits)
These credits must be at the level of pre-calculus or higher.
St. Kate's equivalent: MATH 1090 or MATH 1130
Statistics (3-4 semester credits)
Course content should include: reliability, validity, experimental control and design, statistical inference and comparison of group means, correlation and regression. These credits must be from a math, psychology or statistics department.
St. Kate’s equivalent: ECON 1080, ECON 1090, HLTH 1090, PSYC 1090, STAT 1090
General Psychology (3-4 semester credits)
St. Kate’s equivalent: PSYC 1000/1001
Lifespan Developmental Psychology or Understanding Psychological Disorders (Abnormal Psychology) (3-4 semester credits)
If completing Lifespan Developmental Psychology, content must cover the entirety of the human lifespan from birth through late adulthood. Multiple courses can be completed to fulfill the requirement (i.e. Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Adulthood and Aging); however, only one course is necessary if it covers all of the components.
St. Kate’s equivalent: PSYC 2025 or PSYC 3010
Medical terminology (one course)
St. Kate’s equivalent: HIMP 1020, HIMP 1050 or INDI 2220
Course equivalencies for St. Catherine prerequisites
Use the online Transfer Evaluation System (TES) resource to determine if a specific course you have taken
(or plan to take) will fulfill an MPAS prerequisite requirement. All St. Catherine course equivalencies listed in TES are fully verified by our Registrar's Office.
If you have searched via TES and can’t find a specific school or course listing, contact your admission counselor for assistance. Please include the institution, course name and number, and course description in your email.
All students must meet the technical standards set forth by the MPAS program.
Physician Assistants (PAs) must possess the knowledge and skills to provide care to patients in a wide variety of health care settings. They must be able to integrate information quickly, accurately and consistently and must possess the intellectual capacity to learn, analyze, synthesize, integrate and communicate data.
For this reason, the MPAS program outlines technical standards which identify the abilities students must possess to successfully complete coursework in preparation for medical practice.
Students must possess:
Prior to enrollment, students must certify their ability to comply with the program’s technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, that are associated with attaining the knowledge and skills necessary to practice medicine as a physician assistant, which includes safe and effective patient care in a broad spectrum of clinical scenarios.
Patient care and related experiences provide familiarity with the healthcare setting, build medical communication skills, ensure that the PA career is a good fit and enables the student to relate course material to real life practice. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in a health, wellness or patient care setting prior to application (a successful applicant will typically have over 2,000 hours). This may be sought through volunteering or paid employment. Applicants are not required to shadow a physician or a PA for this time. However, they will need to clearly articulate their understanding and desire to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
St. Catherine University is committed to creating and promoting accessible and inclusive learning environments for all students. "Reasonable accommodation" refers to ways in which the University addresses any barriers to full participation in the academic and co-curricular experience.
Examples of reasonable accommodation include but are not limited to: instructional materials in alternative formats; alternative testing arrangements; and use of assistive technology such as text-to-speech software. While reasonable accommodation does not mean that students will be exempt from required tasks, it does mean that the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is committed to working with all students to assure their completion of the required tasks.
After enrollment, students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation should contact Resources for Disabilities Center at 651.690.6563, email email@example.com or visit the O'Neill Center for Academic Development. Students should also provide appropriate documentation substantiating the disability, meet the requirements of a disability as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and identify the accommodation which is needed.
Reasonable accommodation in classroom and in practice settings cannot be provided without the formal request and the required documentation of the ADA-defined disability.
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The application deadline is July 15 (11:59 p.m. EST) for enrollment in the fall of the following year. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure that all materials are received. Only applications that are "complete" or "verified" by the deadline will be considered.
We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019 enrollment. Applications for Fall 2020 may be submitted via CASPA starting in April 2019.
To be considered for admission, all items listed below must be submitted no later than the application deadline. Files that have been verified by CASPA and completed with the accompanying materials required by St. Catherine University will be reviewed for interviews that will take place in late September and early October.
If applicants are completing a degree or other requirements in the spring term, we strongly encourage that the application process be completed after spring grades and/or the degree is posted, to have the most up-to-date application possible. We also encourage applicants to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline to ensure a timely review of the application. Please note that CASPA needs 3-4 weeks to complete their verification process before releasing the completed application to St. Catherine University.
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH CASPA
Applications for the MPAS program are submitted through the Physician Assistant Centralized Application Service (CASPA). The following application materials must be submitted directly to CASPA:
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States (with a major unrelated to medicine) must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES). All costs related to document evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility. Official evaluation results must be reported to CASPA.
Applicants with a foreign medical degree must submit a credential evaluation from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In addition, applicants must complete a minimum of Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE). Official evaluation results for both must be submitted to CASPA.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT. This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report official TOEFL scores in CASPA. If admitted into the MPAS program, official test scores must also be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
The MPAS Admission Committee evaluates an applicant's background, qualifications and potential. Upon receiving a verified and complete file from CASPA, the Admission Committee completes a review of the applicant’s file. Selected qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview starting in late June or early July (later dates may occur as needed during the rolling admission process).
Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the graduate program. Each application that has been completed by the deadline with the accompanying materials required by St. Catherine University will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant. Students are notified via letter about their admission status, which may include accepted, waitlisted, or denied admission.ENROLLMENT INFORMATION: Fall 2018
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FORMS
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the CASPA application form.
The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Please submit the Certification of Finances forms to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.
St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).