Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (DIRECT ENTRY)


    • PAS510/L Advanced Human Anatomy I (2/0)
    • PAS511 Clinical Microbiology/Immunology (3)
    • PAS513 Clinical Laboratory Medicine (2)
    • PAS514 Pathophysiology (3)
    • PAS515 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I (5)
    • PAS516/L Advanced Human Anatomy II (2/0)
    • PAS517/L Physical Diagnosis I (3/1)
    • PAS518 Pharmacology I (3)
    • PAS519 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II (5)
    • PAS520/L Physical Diagnosis II (2/1)
    • PAS521 Pharmacology II (3)
    • PAS522 Cultural and Psychosocial Dynamics of Medicine (3)
    • PAS524 Clinical Pediatrics (2)
    • PAS525 Clinical Problem Solving (3)
    • PAS526 Surgery (3)
    • PAS527 Geriatrics (2)
    • PAS528 Emergency Medicine (3)
    • PAS529 Research Methodology (3)
    • PAS531 Preventive Medicine (2)
    • PAS535-536 Medical Professional Issues I-II (1/2)
    • PAS538/L Orthopedic Medicine (1/0)
    • CLERKSHIPS: 30 credits: PAS601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610 Clerkship I – X (3 credits each)
    • PAS612/613 Research I-II (1/1)
    • PAS614/615/616 Clinical Seminar I-II-III (2/2/2)

    • PAS329 Statistics for Evidence Based Practice (3)
    • PHI321 Medical Ethics (3)



Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree (any discipline) from an accredited US college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (average of accepted students generally > 3.5)
  • Overall Science GPA of 3.0 or better
  • No more than two grades below C in any college level course
  • 8 credits of Biology with lab (e.g., Zoology, Botany, General Biology I and II, A & P I and II)
  • 8 credits of General Chemistry
  • 3 credits of Calculus
  • 9 credits of Psychology and/or Sociology
  • GPA of 3.00 or higher (average of accepted students generally > 3.4) in the following four courses completed within the past five years:
      • 4 credits of Anatomy, including lab, 300 level
      • 4 credits of Physiology, including lab, 300 level
      • 4 credits of Microbiology, including lab, 300 level
      • 4 credits of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry, including lab, 300 level
        • It is preferred that the above mentioned courses be taken within a full time semester.  Virtual labs are not acceptable.

COVID-19 policy changes for courses taken from spring of 2020 through summer of 2021:

Online course policy – Courses taken online from spring of 2020 through summer of 2021 will be accepted.

Pass/fail policy – Pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades are strongly discouraged for the courses of anatomy, physiology, organic chemistry and microbiology.  If letter grades are available, do not elect to receive P/F or U/S grades on your transcript.  If your institution completely eliminated the option of letter grades in spring 2020 or summer 2020, then we will require either a grade recovery or documentation from the instructor that includes the actual numerical performance in the course.  This documentation will need to be emailed directly from the institution to or mailed on the institution’s letterhead to Daemen University Attention: Vincenette San Lorenzo.  Please note that we will pay close attention to your COVID-19 statement included on your CASPA application and ask that you share extraordinary or extenuating circumstances that directly or indirectly impacted your course of study.

  • 120 hours of direct patient contact experience (see definition)
  • We do not require the GRE
  • Additional considerations will include, but are not limited to:
    • The number of repeats on transcripts
    • The number of withdrawals on transcripts
    • The degree of responsibility provided during patient contact experience
    • Quality of writing on essay component
    • Recommendations
    • To address the workforce needs in the WNY and Rochester area, in some cases candidates who currently reside, have previously resided or attend college in the area will be given preference.
  • It is recommended that applicants complete at least 8 credits of 300 level or higher science coursework within 12 months of entering the physician assistant program. All courses used to calculate the GPA of the aforementioned classes (Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Organic or Biochemistry) must have been completed within the past 5 years.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language by taking the TOEFL iBT® test. The test scores must be submitted directly to CASPA and the full report must be received by the Daemen PA department by January 1. The minimum requirements as stated below are specific to the Physician Assistant Department and do not represent the requirements of the Institution.
    • Minimum total test score of 100.
      Reading Section, minimum score of 24
      Listening Section, minimum score of 26
      Speaking Section, minimum score of 26
      Writing Section, minimum score of 24
        • We do NOT utilize a rolling admission.  All applicants who have been verified in CASPA by January 15th will be considered.  If you have applied through CASPA and meet all of the minimum requirements, you may be asked to complete a supplemental application.  We will contact you directly by email if this is required.
  • The medical terminology examination must be passed by August 1, in order to begin the fall semester. A student is ineligible for the PA Program if this examination is not passed.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of all requirements as per the terms set forth by the Physician Assistant Department.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the MS, Physician Assistant Studies, from the Physician Assistant Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.