Admissions Criteria

Deadline for verified CASPA applications: October 1, 2020
Classes begin: May 24, 2021


Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the following considerations have been made to the admissions criteria:

1. Pass/Fail coursework will be accepted for prerequisite coursework if the following conditions are met:

  • Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only
  • Must receive a Pass grade
  • Cannot be for more than 50% of prerequisite courses

2. GRE scores must be received via CASPA by Oct 1 (no change).

3. Healthcare direct patient contact experience must be completed and documented in CASPA by Oct 1 (no change).

  • Shadowing/observing telemedicine is an acceptable method of obtaining this experience.

The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Physician Assistant Program:

1. Baccalaureate degree must be received from a regionally accredited United States college or university by the day the student begins the PA program. 

2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA) on a 4.0 scale before application deadline. 

3. Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA) on a 4.0 scale before application deadline. 

4. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 0423 before application deadline:

  • Quantitative 145

  • Verbal 143

  • Analytical Writing 3.0 

5. Healthcare direct patient contact experience (80 contact hours) before the application deadline. 

  • Volunteer, observation, or work in a human patient care environment with direct patient contact. 

  • Examples include: shadowing PAs or physicians, observing in patient care settings, student worker positions directly dealing with patients, patient life volunteer, scribing, any credentialed positions (LPN, RN, EMT, etc.).

  • It is strongly recommended that a substantial amount of time be spent observing and talking to practicing PAs. 

6. Grade of "C" or better in the following required prerequisite courses completed at a regionally accredited United States college or university by the day the student begins the PA program. If you earned a C in a prerequisite course, it is strongly recommended that you repeat the course.

  • Anatomy (4 hours) – Human or Comparative with a lab 

  • Physiology (3 hours) – General or Human 

    • NOTE: A&P I with lab + A&P II with lab (8 hours) will meet the anatomy and physiology requirements if all four components are completed. If courses are not completed at the same institution, it is up to the applicant to show that the combined courses covered all required material (by uploading course catalog descriptions document into CASPA)

  • Microbiology (4 hours) – Sophomore level or higher (200/2000 level) with a lab

  • Chemistry (8 hours) – General, Inorganic, or Organic with labs

  • Statistics (3 hours) – BIO, PSYCH, MATH, or BUSN course number

  • Medical Terminology (3 hours)

  • Biology electives (8 hours) – Junior level or higher (300/400 or 3000/4000 level): 

    • Course must have a BIO course name and number or clearly be biology related. For example, biochemistry may have a CHEM course name/number, but is acceptable as a biology course; however, organic chemistry will not count towards this requirement. Other acceptable prefixes may include Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology.

    • Number must begin with a 3 or 4 (300/400 or 3000/4000 level). If your university uses a nonstandard numbering system, a letter from the registrar is required stating the courses are junior or senior level courses.

    • Highly suggested, but not required, courses: Advanced anatomy, advanced physiology, cell biology, genetics, immunology, parasitology, virology, and other similar courses.

    • The following courses will not be counted towards this requirement: Seminar, selected topics, special topics, research courses, and other similar courses.

    • Courses from other professional programs or disciplines (nursing, medical technology, biomechanics, kinesiology) usually will not be accepted in lieu of traditional college courses.

    • Introductory courses, such as Biology I and Biology II, will not meet this requirement.

Additional Notes on Prerequisite Requirements: 

  • Pass/fail grades are not accepted. 

  • All science courses must be for science majors. 

  • Each course can only count toward one prerequisite criterion. For example, an upper level physiology course can count towards the physiology requirement or the upper level biology requirement, but not both. 

  • The majority of prerequisite coursework should be completed or in progress before the application deadline. 

  • Due to the wide variety of experiential learning that can occur prior to admission, the LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant program does not waive prerequisite coursework. For the same reason, the LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant program does not award credit or advanced placement for previous coursework or experiential learning; all course work must be completed within the PA curriculum without exception.

7. Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

8. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 

Complete a PA Program Self-Assessment

The PA Self-Assessment contains average numbers (GPA, GRE, patient care experience hours, etc.) for students accepted into the LSU Health Shreveport PA Program. This is for informative purposes only, to allow prospective students to identify strengths and areas of improvement for their application.