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Application DEADLINE is November 15th

Step 1

Visit the New Student Center and meet with an academic advisor at the Medical Campus Room 1113 to obtain information on how to apply for the Physician Assistant Program. 

If you live out of state and are unable to visit in person, please use our contact form.

Step 2

Apply to MDC for admission or readmission. Students who have not enrolled in a class at MDC in the last 12 months must apply for re-admission.

Step 3

Download the PA program application packet. You must submit receipt of application fee of $25.00 with application.

Prior to submitting an application to the PA program, students must verify completion of prerequisite courses with an Academic Advisor at the Medical Campus. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by the semester prior to the application deadline.

Submit application in person or by mail:

Physician Assistant Program Miami Dade College, Medical Center Campus
950 NW 20th Street, Suite 2204 Building #2
Miami, FL 33127
P: 305-237-4103

For questions related to the information provided, contact: mdcpaprogram@mdc.edu

What Are the Qualities of a Good Candidate?

Intelligence, the ability to relate to people, capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in encountering emergencies, and a demonstrated commitment to patients are qualities essential for the physician assistant. The ideal candidate has the academic ability, prior health care experience, and personal maturity to successfully complete the program and to insure a productive career as a physician assistant.

The program's selections committee is seeking candidates who:

  • Sincerely desire a career as a physician assistant and have a good understanding of the role of the PA
  • Is able to successfully complete a college level program essentially heavy in basic sciences
  • Possess some experience in the delivery of health care
  • Understands of the role of a primary care practitioner
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the team concept in health care
  • Thrives in a service career providing help and care to other people
  • Demonstrates maturity and tolerance to work calmly under stress
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently both in writing and in speech
  • Demonstrates a commitment to community service.

Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Completion of the required natural science courses with GPA of 3.0 or above. 
  • All natural science courses must have been completed within 5 years of the application deadline. Note:  Foreign trained physicians are allowed a 10 year limitation on the Natural Science requirements.
  • Previous health care career education and/or documented experience are highly recommended.
  • Shadowing a physician assistant for a minimum of 50 hours is highly recommended for all MDC PA program applicants
  • Completion of program-generated admission test and written essay.
  • English competency in oral and written communication skills is required.
  • Preference given to Miami-Dade County residents however, all applicants are considered.
  • Successful completion of a panel interview (interview rated by panel)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Admission Test and Written Essay

The following criteria is used to determine eligibility for the Admission Test and Written Essay:

  • Overall GPA
  • Natural Science GPA
  • Medical Training and Background
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses
  • County of residence
  • Degrees earned.

The top 100 candidates will be interviewed for consideration of admission into the Program. Fifty-five students candidates are chosen for entry into the Program each year.

MDC PA program admission test outline:

The outline below will assist potential applicants in preparation for the MDC PA program admission’s test and written essay.

Upon invitation, select applicants will take a program generated computer-based examination consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions.

Medical Terminology - 20 Questions

Anatomy  - 25 questions

Physiology - 25 questions

Microbiology - 15 Questions

  • Control of Microbial Growth
  • Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  • Classification of Microorganisms
  • Differentiating between anti-sepsis, disinfection, and sterilization
  • Principles of disease and epidemiology
  • Difference between narrow and broad spectrum chemotherapeutic agents in terms of target and side effects
  • Effects of osmosis in microbial control

Medical Math - 15 Questions

  • Basic Calculations
  • Converting Decimals, Fractions,
  • Percentages, and Ratios
  • Rounding Numbers
  • Solving Problems with Proportions
  • Estimating
  • Military Time
  • Roman Numerals
  • Angles
  • Systems of Measurement
  • Household System
  • Metric System
  • Apothecary System
  • Converting Systems of Measurement
  • Temperature Conversion

Suggested Resources:

  • Tortora, GJ Microbiology: An Introduction (11th edition)
  • Haroun, L, Mitchell, D Introduction to HealthCare (3rd edition) – Chapter5 – Medical Math
  • Allan, David Medical Language for Modern Health Care Paperback - 3rd edition -ISBN-13: 978-0073513720
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology by Frederic H. Martini, Ph.D. - 7th Edition
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th Edition) by Elaine N. Marieb and Katja Hoehn (Jan 16, 2012)
  • Written Essay – Applicants to the MDC PA program will be invited to participate in a written essay as part of the admission's process. This essay will be evaluated by an external review committee based on proper grammar, proper spelling, and proper sentence structure. The essay should include an Introductory statement, a body, and a conclusion. Essays are graded using a program-generated rubric. The topic of the essay is chosen by the Program.

Pre-requisite courses

Course Course Title
HSC 0003 Introduction to Health Care - Institutional requirement. This course is required for all students and is part of the pre-requisite requirement. This course must be completed prior to applying. Credits do not count towards A.S. degree. No pre-requisite.
General Education Core Courses (15 credits)
ENC 1101 English Composition 1
SPC 1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
CLP 1006 The Psychology of Personal Effectiveness
PHI 2604 Critical Thinking and Ethics
STA 2023 Statistical Methods
Natural Science Courses (17 credits)
BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab
CHM 1033 Chemistry for Health Sciences (last term accepted November 15th, 2017)
CHM 1033L Chemistry for Health Sciences Lab (last term accepted November 15th, 2017)
MCB 2010 Microbiology
MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab
CHM 1045 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (Mandatory November 15, 2018)
CHM 1045L General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab (Mandatory November 15, 2018)
CHM 1046 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (Mandatory November 15, 2018)
CHM 1046L General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab (Mandatory November 15, 2018)
CGS 1060 or Computer Competency Test (CCT) Introduction to Microcomputer Usage
Highly Recommended Courses
MAC 1105 College Algebra (Mandatory November 15, 2018)
HIM 2472 Medical Terminology
ENC 1102 English Communication 2

 All natural science courses taken more than five years ago must be repeated.

All laboratory courses taken more than five years ago do not need to be repeated if obtained a satisfactory grade of “C” or better.

Students should review the College Catalog for specific course descriptions, including pre and co-requisite course requirements.

Online Classes

Interested in virtual classes? This program offers the option to take some classes online. Speak to an advisor for details.