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How to Apply

The Miami Dade PA program offers a rolling admission process.
Please see the following schedule of dates.
Admission Round Submission Dates for requirements: Dates for Interview Notifications (On or About Oral interview/Essay
Round 1 June 1 – July 15 August 15 September
Round 2 July 15 – September 15 October 15 November
Round 3 September 15 – October 15 December 15 January

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Hundreds of highly qualified candidates apply every year. Fifty-five candidates are selected annually.

Step 1

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

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


Step 2

Meet the selection requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree is required to apply.
  2. Complete all Pre-requisite courses
  3. Cummulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  4. Completion of the required natural science courses with GPA of 3.0 or above.
    1. All natural science lecture and lab courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline.
  5. Previous health care career education and/or documented experience are highly recommended.
  6. A minimum of 100 hours shadowing an MD, DO, PA, or ARNP.
  7. Students must be enrolled in or have successfully completed HSC 0003 – Introduction to Health Care (2.5 credits) and HSC 0003L – Introduction to Health Care Lab (.5 credits). Introduction to Healthcare course (HSC003/Lab) is an institutional requirement. For more information about this course please call (305) 237-4103.
    1. Introduction to Healthcare (HSC 0003) Waiver Process
    2. Students who have an eligible healthcare license, and a valid CPR card, may apply for a waiver for this course.
      Students should apply for an exemption at https://www.mdc.edu/medical/healthc-are-exemption-process.aspx)
  8. PA-CAT completion with scores sent to MDC (See Step 4)

Step 3

A student who has completed all the requirements in Step 2 should request a milestone review:

  1. Schedule to meet with an academic advisor at Medical Campus to verify completion of program requirement. Please note all requirement courses must be completed by the semester prior to the milestone target review date (summer semester). Visit The New Student Center at the Medical Campus or Call: 305-237-4141 or Email: madvisement@mdc.edu for an appointment.
  2. Order and send official transcripts no later than July 1st of the year you are applying. Please send transcripts to:

    Miami Dade College
    Attention: Transcript Department Processing Services
    11011 S. W. 104 Street, Room 301
    Miami, Florida 33176-3393

  3. For more information about submitting transcripts to the College visit the MDC Transcripts website. FMG's must send translated transcripts and TOEFL to the above address as well.
  4. Visit Medical Campus Program Requirements web page to request a Milestone Review by the target deadline date.
     
  5. PA Program Supplementary Documents -  In order to complete the milestone review process you must download the updated PA Supplemental Documents. These are documents specific to the PA program which a student will need to complete and upload through the PA Selection Portal no later than October 15th.
    For questions related to submitted documents contact: mdcpaprogram@mdc.edu.

Step 4

Register and take the PA-CAT:

The Miami-Dade program uses the PA-CAT as a part of its selection process.

  • PA-CAT covers the following subject areas: Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology, Biochemistry, General and Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Behavioral Sciences, Genetics, Statistics.
  • The MDC PA program must receive your PA-CAT scores from the test sponsor no later than the target review date of October 15th. It is highly recommended you take the PA-CAT no later than September 15th to ensure receipt of your scores on time. (Note: It can take up to 4-5 weeks for your scores to be sent to the college.)
  • The MDC PA program must receive your PA-CAT scores from the test sponsor no later than the target review date of October 15th. It is highly recommended you take the PA-CAT no later than September 15th to ensure receipt of your scores on time. (Note: It can take up to 4-5 weeks for your scores to be sent to the college.)
    The following are recommended dates in order to meet admission deadlines:
    Application Round PA-CAT Completion date
    Round 1
    No later than July 15th
    Round 2
    No later than September 15th
    Round 3
    Round 3 No later than October 15th

    To learn more about the PA-CAT, visit the Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT) website.

    • There is financial aid available to cover some of the cost of the PA-CAT for qualifying students.
      Please contact the test sponsor for more information.
    • Watch a quick video to learn how to register & schedule the exam, and release PA-CAT scores.
    • Study Resources for the PA-CAT

    Late PA-CAT scores may be rolled over to the next target review date.


  • Step 5

    Selection for an interview

    Students are selected for an interview once all admission requirements are met. Students who receive notification of an interview should respond within 48 hours or risk the chance of securing a spot. The interview process involves an oral interview along with a requirement to write a short essay in 30 minutes.

    The program's selections committee is seeking applicants who:

    • Desire a career as a physician assistant and have a good understanding of the role of the PA
    • Mission driven: the student priority aligns with the Miami Dade PA-program mission
    • Demonstrates the ability to successfully complete a rigorous healthcare program
    • Possess some experience in the delivery of health care
    • Demonstrates a commitment to the team concept in health care
    • Communicates effectively and efficiently both in writing and in speech
    • Demonstrate a commitment to community service

    Admission Preference

    1. Military Veterans
    2. Miami-Dade County residents however, all students are considered