PA Admissions

Lower Division

Application should include:

  • Completed, signed, and dated Howard University application for admission by Fall Semester (February 15) or Spring Semester (November 1)
  • Official high school transcript or college transcript, that shows your cumulative grade point average
  • Standardized test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers and one letter of recommendation from your high school counselor

Lower Division courses may be completed at other accredited institutions; however, the math and sciences must have been completed within the last seven (7) years. Candidates enrolled at Howard University meeting the evaluation criteria will receive first preference in the selection process to the Upper Division. Admission in the Upper Division is competitive and is restricted to the Fall semester of each year. Applicants may enter Lower Division courses in the Fall, Spring or Summer Semesters. No candidate will be exempt from any of the prescribed courses in the curriculum of the Upper and Lower Divisions. The Admissions Committee may invite candidates meeting the minimum requirements for an evaluation interview. Candidates are selected on a competitive basis.

Transfer students must apply for admission through the Howard University Office of Admissions.
No admissions credentials will be accepted after the published deadline.
Only courses with a grade of "C" or above will be considered for transfer credit.

Upper Division

Upper Division Admission

Admission to the Upper Division is competitive and restricted to the Fall Semester of each year.

Candidates meeting the minimum requirements may be invited for an interview by the Admissions Committee. Candidates are selected on a competitive basis.

All Non-Howard University Students must complete a Supplemental Application (Admission to the university undergraduate program):

Upper Division Minimum Requirements for Non-Howard University Students:

All Non-Howard University Students must complete two applications:

  1. A Howard University Undergraduate application (Supplemental Application):
  2. A Central Application Services for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at:
  3. Official transcripts and references must be sent to CASPA and Howard University

    Submit the following documents directly to CASPA by  January 15th:
  • Official transcripts
  • Submit three letters of professional recommendation
  • Submit a statement of Reason for Professional Career Choice (1-2pages).
  • Possess a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 61 semester hours of prerequisite course work (see Lower Division Curriculum)
  • Possess a minimum Science (Chemistry, Math, and Biology) cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (see Lower Division Curriculum)
  • Only courses with a grade of "C" or above will be accepted
  • Student Work Policy - Due to the rigorous nature of the program, students are strongly discouraged from working during their matriculation.
  • A minimum of 200 hours of direct patient care or volunteer service in a primary care setting.

Upper Division Admission Requirements for Howard University Students:

  • Currently enrolled Howard University students may obtain an application for admission to the Upper Division from the Department of Physician Assistant, Annex I, room 119.
  • Applications will be available November 1.
  • A minimum of 200 hours of direct patient care or volunteer service in a primary care setting.

Admissions criteria is subject to change. 


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Howard University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next
validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.