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Application Deadline is October 15th

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

Follow the sequence below:

  1. 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 (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. Apply Online: PA Program Admissions Application
    Visit the Medical Campus Program Admission web page
  3. Application Fee - Once the program application is electronically submitted, the student must allow 48 hours and then call the Medical Campus Bursar's Office at (305)237-4022 to submit the $25 application fee.
  4. Official transcripts must be sent no later than September 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

    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.

  5. PA Program Updated Application -  In order to complete the application process you must download the updated PA Program application. These are documents specific to the PA program which a candidate will need to complete and upload through the PA Candidate Documents Upload Portal no later than October 15th.

    For questions related to submitted documents contact: mdcpaprogram@mdc.edu.

Introduction to Healthcare (HSC 0003) Waiver Process
If you believe you are eligible for HSC 0003 course waiver, apply for an exemption here.

Step 3

PA-CAT

All applicants to MDC PA program are required to take the PA-CAT (Physician Assistant College Admission Test). The PA-CAT is a specialized test designed to measure applicant knowledge in key prerequisite science subjects typically required for PA school. For information about the PA-CAT,visit the PA-CAT website.

The MDC PA program must receive your PA-CAT scores from the test sponsor no later than the application deadline 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 upto 4-5 weeks for your scores to be sent to the college.)

Students whose PA-CAT scores arrive late may roll over their scores and application for the next application cycle.

Study for the PA-CAT

Study for the PA-CAT with resources provided on their website: www.PA-CAT.com

PA-CAT Study materials provided by Exam Master include:

  • 120 Question PA-CAT Practice Exam
  • Eight 50-Question Subject Exams
  • Candidate PA-CAT Study Guide

PA-CAT Covered Subjects: Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology, Biochemistry, General and Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Behavioral Sciences, Genetics, Statistics.

You May wish to look for additional resources that will help you learn about the topics covered on the PA-CAT.

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

 

What Are the Qualities of a Good Candidate?

The ideal candidate has the academic ability, prior health care experience, and personal maturity to successfully complete the program and to ensure a productive career as a physician assistant. Ability to relate to people, capacity for calm and reasoned judgment in encountering emergencies, and a demonstrated commitment to patients are qualities essential for 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
  • Are able to successfully complete a college level program based on a strong foundational knowledge of basic sciences
  • Possess some experience in the delivery of health care
  • Understand the role of a primary care practitioner
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the team concept in health care
  • Thrive in a service career providing help and care to other people
  • Communicate effectively and efficiently both in writing and in speech
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Note: Preference is given to military veterans and Miami-Dade County residents however, all applicants are considered.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • PA-CAT completion with scores sent to MDC
  • 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 10 years of the application deadline.
  • Previous health care career education and/or documented experience are highly recommended.
  • A minimum of 50 hours shadowing an MD, DO, PA, or ARNP. *Due to COVID 19 the program will not hold students responsible for completing this requirement during the 2020 application cycle.
  • Completion of program-generated written essay.
  • English competency in oral and written communication skills is required.
  • Preference given to military veterans and Miami-Dade County residents however, all applicants are considered.
  • Successful completion of a panel interview (interview rated by panel)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • As part of the admissions process, applicants must be available between November and early December to participate in onsite written essay and again be available in the month of January for on site Interviews. Specific dates and times will be communicated to eligible applicants.

Student 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

Please note: All students meeting minimum program application requirements are encouraged to apply. However, meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission and not all applicants will be accepted. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool.

 

Admission Test

All applicants will be required to take the PA-CAT as part of the admissions process. To learn more about the PA-CAT, visit the Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT) website.

For information about admissions requirement for the PA-CAT, please see Step 4 under the Apply to MDC tab on this page.

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.

The PA-CAT format is as follows:

  • 9 subjects presented sequentially
  • 240 multiple-choice test items
  • 4.5-hour total exam window
  • Electronically administered by Prometric
  • Special Accommodations available. View Resources

PA-CAT Covered Subjects:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • General Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Statistics

Written Essay Admissions Test

All candidates who submitted a completed application on time and have met all the minimum application requirements are eligible to take the Admissions Written Essay test.

Candidates will write a short essay on an assigned topic utilizing paper/pencil.  Candidates will be given 30 minutes to complete the short essay portion of the examination. This essay will be evaluated by an external review committee based on proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. The essay should include an introductory statement and thesis statement, a body, and a conclusion. Essays are graded using a program-generated rubric. The topic of the essay is chosen by the program administrators.

Oral Interview

The following criteria is used to determine which candidates will be selected for the Oral Interview phase of the Admissions process:

  • PA-CAT Score

  • Admissions Essay score

  • Overall GPA

  • Natural Science GPA

  • Medical training and background

  • Degrees earned

Based on the above criteria, candidates ranking 1 to 100 will be invited to an oral interview.
The MDC PA admissions interview is designed to help the program learn more about the candidate while allowing the candidate an opportunity to demonstrate their level of readiness for the PA Program. All candidates are asked the same questions (with occasional variations to maintain the integrity of questions). Some questions are single and direct in format while others are multipart, layered, or scenario based in nature. Candidates are expected to answer all questions. The interview evaluates several aspects of the candidate including but not limited to Professionalism, Knowledge of the PA profession and Sciences, character, and communication skills. This is measured through observation of the candidate’s behavior, attitude, and response to the interview questions. Notice of candidates selected for an interview will be sent via email between November and January.

Fifty-five students may be chosen for entry into the program each year.**

** Students from current class who are decelerated may affect total amount of seats available for the incoming class.

Pre-requisite courses

Math and Natural Science Courses

  • CHM 1045 - General Chemistry I and Qualitative Analysis
  • CHM 1045L - General Chemistry I and Qualitative Analysis Lab
  • CHM 1046 - General Chemistry II and Qualitative Analysis
  • CHM 1046L - General Chemistry II and Qualitative Analysis Lab
  • BSC 2085 - Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • BSC 2085L - Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • BSC 2086 - Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • BSC 2086L - Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • MCB 2010 - Microbiology
  • MCB 2010L - Microbiology Lab
  • MAC 1105 - College Algebra (Or Higher)*
  • STA 2023 - Statistical Methods (Must take)*

*Baccalaureate degree must include 2 levels of math & must include College algebra or higher & Statistics.

Program Specific

  • HSC 0003 - Introduction to Health Care
  • HSC 0003L - Introduction to Health Care Lab

NOTE:

  • All science lecture courses taken more than ten years ago must be repeated. Labs do not need to be repeated
  • In order to graduate from the program, students will be required to complete the foreign language competency requirement.
  • Introduction to Healthcare course (HSC003/Lab) is an institutional requirement. For more information about this course please call (305) 237-4103

View the complete course list (PDF).

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