The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to The College of St. Scholastica Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.
All prerequisite coursework must be completed with GPA of 3.0 or above; individual course grades must be a C or better:
Any prerequisite course taken for credit (pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, etc.) between spring 2020 - spring 2021 will be accepted; however, it will not count toward the prerequisite GPA. We strongly encourage grades if there is an option between grades and pass/fail. We have always accepted grades from regionally accredited online courses and will continue to do so.
Note: Labs are preferred in science-related courses, when applicable. All prerequisites must have been completed within 10 years* from the year of application. All prerequisites must be completed, via official transcript, by Aug. 1 of the program start year. Preference is given to those applicants with the majority of the science prerequisites complete (with a letter grade) at the time of application. Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the PA program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning.
Applicants must report every college course attempted in the Coursework section of the CASPA application, including those courses later repeated for a higher grade. CASPA GPAs include ALL courses completed with grades/credits, even if they were later repeated for a higher grade.
Due to the high volume of interest in the Master of Science in PA Studies program at The College of St. Scholastica, the Office of Graduate Admissions does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. If you have specific questions about a particular course, please reference the prerequisite equivalency tables to determine if the course meets the stated requirement.
*Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. These requests must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by July 30th to allow ample time for review prior to the September 1st application deadline. The Department Chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies and grant waivers for time limitations without full PA Admission Committee involvement. Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will not be considered. The Department Chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions Counselor of waiver decisions in writing.
The admissions committee will consider:
The College of St. Scholastica has a long-standing history of supporting veterans in reaching their career goals. The PA Studies program at CSS is committed to our nation's veterans. We offer admissions preference to all veteran applicants. While this does not guarantee admission, it is an acknowledgment of the College's dedication to veterans and their needs.
Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to CASPA. Instructions are indicated on the CASPA application.
Submit a CASPA application. The program does not interview applicants for admission. We may contact you by email or phone to clarify information in your CASPA application.
In the CASPA application, enter contact information for three people to submit recommendation information/letters on your behalf. Applicants will be asked to provide a personal statement and a response to three program specific essay questions.
After the application deadline, completed and verified applications from CASPA will be reviewed by the admissions committee.
Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.
Our financial aid includes options for financing, refund policies and commonly used forms. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Government and the State of Minnesota strongly support PA education with loans and loan repayment opportunities:
As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.
Applications are accepted through CASPA from April 30 to Sept. 1, for the following fall enrollment period.