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Admission Requirements

Applicants must come from healthcare backgrounds and successfully meet the following:

  • Regionally accredited baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent evaluated by a NACES recognized agency, www.naces.org
  • Required minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75, minimum cumulative “natural” science GPA of 3.0 and minimum cumulative prerequisite (i.e. general education) GPA of 3.0
  • Required GRE minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 294. GRE must have been completed within five years of the application year. Our CASPA GRE Code is 0284. TOEFL scores are required for all foreign applicants.
  • Required physician assistant shadowing with a minimum of 20 hours
  • Required healthcare experience (HCE) with a minimum of 100 hours
  • Three letters of recommendation (LOR), one from a Physician Assistant, one from a practicing healthcare provider of any field, and one personal recommendation
  • Verified CASPA Application
  • Completion of Keiser University’s Broadleaf Online Student Account and Customized Enrollment Process (includes KU Graduate Application, $55.00 Application fee, Technical/Employment/Background Check Disclaimers, Enrollment and Acceptance Policy forms)
  • The Physician Assistant Program requires an earned grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following prerequisite courses. Grades of “C-“ or below will not be accepted. Natural science prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years of the application year. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution.
    • College Math or higher (3 semester credit hours)
    • English – Minimum of 3 hours in English Composition (6 semester credit hours)
    • Humanities (3 semester credit hours)
    • Social Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
    • Behavioral Sciences (6 semester credit hours)
    • General Biology or Zoology with on ground lab (4 semester credit hours)
    • General Chemistry I and II with on ground labs (8 semester credit hours)
    • Microbiology with on ground lab (4 semester credit hours)
    • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry (3 semester credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy with on ground lab and Human Physiology with on ground lab or Anatomy and Physiology I and II with on ground labs (8 semester credit hours)
    • Genetics (3 semester credit hours)

Keiser University’s highly competitive on ground only Master of Science in Physician Assistant program matriculates every January. The program is full-time and accepts 40 students per admissions cycle.

Keiser University reserves the right to accept up to 5% of applicants to a graduate program who do not meet appropriate entrance test scores but who request admission based on other criteria. An appeal letter and accompanying documentation should be addressed to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Graduate School; such requests will be reviewed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Graduate School, program leadership, and others as appropriate. If the appeal is approved, a waiver letter is placed in the applicant’s academic file by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of Graduate School or the appropriate designee.

Student Selection Factors

Prospective students are selected by the PA Program Admissions Committee based upon a combination of:

  • GRE score (combined total from Verbal and Quantitative sections only)
  • Science GPA
  • Overall GPA
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Quality and length of health care experience (HCE)
  • Physician Assistant shadowing experience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Personal motivation
  • Life experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the physician assistant profession
  • Three letters of recommendation (LOR)

Matriculation Requirements

  • Completion of SentryMD (Immunizations, drug screen and physicals)
  • Successful background check

Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

Belinda Haney

The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

Ryan Bushey

If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.

Anthony Sassano

The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.

Ty Fitzgerald

The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.

Jackson Tejada

Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose.  The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.

Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

Dedrick Saxon

I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you.  I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.

Natalie Dou

After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education.  Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.

Laurie Williams

Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.

Nadege Dor

My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.

Marla Hadley

The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate