Bachelor’s Degree Required

This is a graduate, master’s degree program. All applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

GPA – 3.2 (cumulative, no science minimum)

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) UT Code 0201

  • The GRE is required for all applicants.
  • The Program believes that a minimum combined score of 300 is competitive.
  • No score older than 5 years will be accepted.
  • If the GRE has been re-taken the Program will accept the highest score.

Basic Science Requirements

Required Course Semester Hours  
***Anatomy and Physiology / Lab is required 8 May be comparative anatomy or human anatomy
May be one course of anatomy and one course of physiology
Biology Sciences/Lab is required 8 Any biology with lab accepted
May be general biology*(plant biology excluded)
Microbiology 3 Lab not required
**Chemistry 8 Any chemistry with lab for science majors
Medical Terminology 1 Must be an accredited traditional or online course
Certificate of completion is not acceptable;
must receive college credit hour(s) upon completion of the course
General Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology 3  
Math 3 College Algebra, Calculus, or Statistics (prefer bio-statistics)

*Recommended Courses: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics

** Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry
*** Must include laboratory experiences-may be one term of comparative or human anatomy and one term of physiology.  Online anatomy and physiology lab courses will NOT meet this prerequisite.
All pre-requisite courses must have been completed with a “C” or better. If a course has been repeated, the grades will be averaged for the final grade.
Prerequisites older than 5 years may be accepted; however, the admissions committee reserves the right to request the applicant take additional courses to ensure they are appropriately prepared for the classroom setting.

Direct Patient Care Experience Requirements

500 hours of prior health care experience or shadowing is required. The Program considers it vital that prospective students enhance their knowledge of medicine through direct, patient-oriented clinical experience in a variety of settings. Such experience, which is frequently gained through volunteer work, should enable the student to acquire a greater understanding of the realities of medicine and provide an opportunity for service. 

Advanced Standing Policy

We do not award advanced standing, or transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning.

Additional Information/Health Requirements

Upon acceptance: Additional applicant/admission criteria are guided by the UTHSC system and include: supplemental application and fee, immunizations, criminal background check, health screen, technical standards and AHA BLS certification. For more information see:

International Student Requirements

The following requirements must be met in addition to other prerequisite criteria:

  • Transcripts to be audited by WES or other equivalent organization to show equivalent of a BS degree
  • All pre-requisite courses must be taken in the United States at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • If English is a second language, minimum TOEFL IBT (internet based testing) scores of at least 87 with the minimum section requirements of: Reading: 21, Speaking: 26, Listening: 20, and Writing: 20
  • Advanced standing credit is not awarded
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

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Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program

66 North Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-8000