Physician Assistant Program GPA

Interested in what physician assistant (PA) schools accept students in your GPA range? This table, compiled using data from Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), looks at GPA minimum requirements from highest to lowest to help you narrow your search to PAA programs that are in the GPA range you seek.

Remember that a minimum is a minimum, and that it’s possible that the average admitted student may generally have a GPA higher than the minimum. Consider applying to a range of schools that will accept your GPA to potentially maximize your chances of getting accepted into a physician assistant program.

Last Updated: 10/06/20


Types of GPA Minimums Looked at by Physician Assistant Programs

Different physician assistant programs will consider different courses and metrics when evaluating GPA. Here are some common ways schools may assess your grades as an applicant:


Overall GPA

It is common that schools want to know your average for all of your undergraduate coursework. They may also want a “cumulative GPA” which also includes any graduate coursework you may have completed. Finally, some schools will want an overall GPA that is limited to the most recent coursework taken, such as the last 60 credits.


Science GPA

Since PA programs are very science heavy, some schools listed in the Physician Assistant Education Association’s directory pay attention to a student’s GPA in the sciences. Thus, it’s possible that it might be beneficial to do well on those science courses if you are looking to get into those schools’ programs.


Prerequisite GPA

Some programs want to know how you are performing in whatever coursework they require applicants to complete. This coursework often includes a fair amount of science, but can also include humanities, social sciences, math, and other subject areas. It is hard to know what this metric will entail until you know what programs you are applying to.


Physician Assistant Program GPA Minimums by School

Below is a chart of Physician Assistant GPA minimums for each accredited program according to data pulled from the Physician Assistant Education Association’s program directory. Note that the overall or cumulative GPA is what is listed in the chart. In instances where only science or prerequisite GPAs are used, that is what is listed and the type of GPA is noted. 


Note: Always check with the schools you are applying to for complete information on GPA requirements.


Program State Required Minimum GPA
University of Toledo OH 3.4
Hofstra University NY 3.3
Bethel University MN 3.3
Chatham University PA 3.25
Slippery Rock University PA 3.3
Thomas Jefferson University PA 3.3
Trevecca Nazarene University TN 3.3
University of Alabama at Birmingham AL 3.3
Baylor College of Medicine TX 3.2
Butler University IN 3.2
California Baptist University CA 3.2
Campbell University NC 3.2
Chapman University CA 3.2
Concordia University WI 3.2
Elon University NC 3.2
High Point University NC 3.2
Keiser University FL 3.2
King’s College PA 3.2
Lake Erie College OH 3.2
Lipscomb University TN 3.2
Mercyhurst University PA 3.2
Misericordia University PA 3.2
Quinnipiac University CT 3.2
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions UT 3.2
Rutgers University NJ 3.2
Seton Hall University NJ 3.2
Seton Hill University PA 3.2
Southern Illinois University IL 3.2
St. Catherine University MN 3.2
University of Wisconsin – Madison WI 3.2
Wagner College NY 3.2
Wingate University NC 3.2 Science
Advent Health University FL 3.0
Alderson Broaddus University WV 3.0
Augsburg University MN 3.0
Augusta University GA 3.0
Baldwin Wallace University OH 3.0
Barry University FL 3.0
Bay Path University MA 3.0
Boston University MA 3.0
Bryant University RI 3.0
California State University Monterey Bay CA 3.0
Canisius College NY 3.0
Carroll University WI 3.0
Case Western Reserve OH 3.0
Central Michigan University MI 3.0
Charleston Southern University SC 3.0
Clarkson University NY 3.0
College of Saint Mary NE 3.0
College of St. Scholastica MN 3.0
Colorado Mesa University CO 3.0
Concordia University Ann Arbor MI 3.0
Creighton University NE 3.0
CUNY York College NY 3.0
D’youville College NY 3.0
Daemen College NY 3.0
DeSales University PA 3.0
Dominican University IL 3.0
Dominican University of California CA 3.0
Drexel University PA 3.0
Duquesne University PA 3.0
East Carolina University NC 3.0
Eastern Michigan University MI 3.0
Eastern Virginia Medical School VA 3.0
Emory and Henry College VA 3.0
Emory University GA 3.0
Faulkner University AL 3.0
Florida Gulf Coast University FL 3.0
Florida International University FL 3.0
Florida State University FL 3.0
Franklin College IN 3.0
Franklin Pierce University NH 3.0
Frostburg State University MD 3.0
Gardner-Webb University NC 3.0
George Washington University DC 3.0
Grand Valley State University MI 3.0
Hardin-Simmons University TX 3.0
Harding University AR 3.0
Idaho State University ID 3.0
Indiana State University IN 3.0
Indiana University IN 3.0
Johnson and Wales University RI 3.0
Le Moyne College NY 3.0
Lock Haven University PA 3.0
Loma Linda University CA 3.0
Long Island University NY 3.0
Louisiana State University Shreveport LA 3.0
Marist College NY 3.0
Marquette University WI 3.0
Marshall University WV 3.0
Mary Baldwin University VA 3.0
Marywood University PA 3.0
MCPHS Boston MA 3.0
MCPHS Worcester MA 3.0
Mercer University GA 3.0
Midwestern University IL 3.0
Midwestern University Glendale AZ 3.0
Milligan University TN 3.0
Mississippi College MS 3.0
Missouri State University MO 3.0
Monmouth University NJ 3.0
Morehouse School of Medicine GA 3.0
Mount St. Joseph University OH 3.0
New York Institute of Technology NY 3.0
North Greenville University SC 3.0
Northeastern State University OK 3.0
Northeastern University MA 3.0
Northern Arizona University AZ 3.0
Northwestern College IA 3.0
Nova Southeastern University FL 3.0
Ohio Dominican University OH 3.0
Ohio University OH 3.0
Oklahoma City University OK 3.0
Oregon Health & Science University OR 3.0
Our Lady of the Lake College LA 3.0
Pace University NY 3.0
Pacific University OR 3.0
Penn State University PA 3.0
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine PA 3.0
Radford University VA 3.0
Rochester Institute of Technology NY 3.0
Rocky Mountain College MT 3.0
Rush University IL 3.0
Sacred Heart University CT 3.0
Saint Francis University PA 3.0
Saint Louis University MO 3.0
Salus University PA 3.0
Samuel Merritt University CA 3.0
Shenandoah University VA 3.0
South University Richmond VA 3.0
South University Savannah GA 3.0
South University, Tampa FL 3.0
Southern California University of Health Sciences CA 3.0
Springfield College MA 3.0
St. Ambrose University IA 3.0
St. Bonaventure University NY 3.0
St. John’s University NY 3.0
Stony Brook University NY 3.0
Sullivan University KY 3.0
SUNY Downstate NY 3.0
SUNY Upstate NY 3.0
Temple University PA 3.0
Texas Tech University TX 3.0
The CUNY School of Medicine NY 3.0
Touro College – Bay Shore NY 3.0
Touro College – Manhattan NY 3.0
Touro University California CA 3.0
Touro University Nevada NV 3.0
Towson University MD 3.0
Trine University IN 3.0
Union College NE 3.0
University of Arkansas AR 3.0
University of Bridgeport CT 3.0
University of California – Davis CA 3.0
University of Charleston WV 3.0
University of Colorado CO 3.0
University of Dayton OH 3.0
University of Detroit Mercy MI 3.0
University of Evansville IN 3.0
University of Findlay OH 3.0
University of Florida FL 3.0
University of Iowa IA 3.0
University of La Verne CA 3.0
University of Lynchburg VA 3.0
University of Missouri – Kansas City MO 3.0
University of Mount Union OH 3.0
University of Nebraska Medical Center NE 3.0
University of New England ME 3.0
University of North Carolina NC 3.0
University of North Dakota ND 3.0
University of North Texas HS Center Ft Worth TX 3.0
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City OK 3.0
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa OK 3.0
University of Pittsburgh PA 3.0
University of Saint Joseph CT 3.0
University of South Alabama AL 3.0
University of South Carolina, SOM SC 3.0
University of South Dakota SD 3.0
University of South Florida FL 3.0
University of Southern California (LA) CA 3.0
University of St. Francis NM 3.0
University of Tampa FL 3.0
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis) TN 3.0
University of Texas – Medical Branch at Galveston TX 3.0
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley TX 3.0
University of Texas Southwestern TX 3.0
University of the Cumberlands KY 3.0
University of the Cumberlands, Northern Kentucky Campus KY 3.0
University of the Pacific CA 3.0
University of Utah UT 3.0
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse WI 3.0
Wayne State University MI 3.0
West Liberty University WV 3.0
West Virginia University WV 3.0
Western University of Health Sciences CA 3.0
Westfield State University MA 3.0
Kettering College OH 3.0 Science
Louisiana State University New Orleans LA 3.0 Science
Miami-Dade College FL 3.0 Science
Red Rocks Community College CO 3.0 Science
Marietta College OH 3.0 Prerequisite
Medical University of South Carolina SC 3.0 Prerequisite
Des Moines University IA 2.8
Lincoln Memorial University TN 2.8
Northwestern University IL 2.8
Rocky Vista University CO 2.8
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine IL 2.8
South College TN 2.8
University of Kentucky KY 2.8
University of Nevada, Reno NV 2.8
University of Dubuque IA 2.7
University of Washington WA 2.7 Prerequisite
A.T. Still University AZ 2.5
Army Medical Center of Excellence TX 2.5
Wake Forest University (Bowman Gray) NC 2.0 Prerequisite
Wichita State University KS 1.7
Albany Medical College NY No Minimum
Bethel University TN No Minimum
Charles R. Drew University CA No Minimum
Christian Brothers University TN No Minimum
Duke University Medical Center NC No Minimum
Gannon University PA No Minimum
James Madison University VA No Minimum
Marshall B Ketchum University CA No Minimum
Mayo Clinic MN No Minimum
Methodist University NC No Minimum
MGH Institute of Health Professions MA No Minimum
Pennsylvania College of Technology PA No Minimum
Stanford University CA No Minimum
Tufts University MA No Minimum
University of New Mexico NM No Minimum
University of Saint Francis IN No Minimum
Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences NY No Minimum
Western Michigan University MI No Minimum
Gannon University Ruskin FL Unknown
Pfeiffer University NC Unknown
Presbyterian College SC Unknown
Saint Elizabeth University NJ Unknown
Samford University AL Unknown
Stephens College MO Unknown
University of Maryland Baltimore MD Unknown
University of Maryland Eastern Shore MD Unknown
University of Texas – HS Center at San Antonio TX Unknown
University of the Sciences PA Unknown
Valparaiso University IN Unknown
Xavier University of Louisiana LA Unknown
Mercy College NY Unknown