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Application Deadline is October 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 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.

Step 3

  • Download the PA program application packet.
  • 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.
  • You must submit receipt of application fee of $25.00 with application.
  • Submit or mail application with all required documents to:(Do not turn in applications to PA program directly. Please submit to the New Student Center in person or by mail.)

    Miami Dade College, Medical Campus
    New Student Center
    950 N.W. 20th Street, Room 1113
    Miami, FL 33127

    It is highly recommended that the following documents are 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

    ** HSC Exemption form and information: If you are requesting exemption from HSC003 download the exemption form here. Complete the form and submit with supporting documents no later than September 1st of the year you are applying. Information on how to complete the exemption process can be found here. You may email your exemption form and required supporting documents to ralexis@mdc.edu or larnett@mdc.edu or bring in person to MDC Medical Campus School of Health Sciences Rm 2204.

Step 4

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.

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 insure 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
  • Is 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
  • 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
  • Preference given to military veterans and Miami-Dade County residents however, all applicants are considered
  • Communicates effectively and efficiently both in writing and in speech
  • Demonstrates a commitment to community service.

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.
  • Shadowing a physician assistant for a minimum of 50 hours is highly recommended
  • 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 January - March to participate in onsite interviews and written essay. Specific dates and times will be communicated to eligible applicants.

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

Oral Interview and Written Essay

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

  • PA-CAT Score
  • Overall GPA
  • Natural Science GPA
  • Medical training and background
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses
  • Degrees earned

The top scoring candidates will be invited to for a face to face interview and written essay examination. Students will be given 30 minutes to write the essay. 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. Up to 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

  • General Chemistry I and Qualitative Analysis
  • General Chemistry I and Qualitative Analysis Lab
  • General Chemistry II and Qualitative Analysis
  • General Chemistry II and Qualitative Analysis Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology Lab
  • College Algebra (Or Higher)*
  • Statistical Methods (Must take)*

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

Program Specific

  • Introduction to Health Care
  • 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.