Admission Requirements


How to Apply

You can apply online for free using the University application. On the application, in the section for major of interest, please indicate the Physician Assistant Program as the major.

High school students applying to the combined B.S./M.S. in Physician Assistant Program must submit:

  • A Seton Hill University application.
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a science teacher).
  • An essay on why the student wants to become a Physician Assistant.

To be considered for the program, high school students must:

  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (math and critical reading) or ACT score of 24.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for all science courses.
  • Participate in an interview with representatives from Seton Hill and the Physician Assistant Program.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written language skills, evidence of ability to complete this intensive program of study and clinical training, personal maturity, and a professional attitude.
  • High school student applicants are also encouraged to provide evidence of health care/patient contact and physician assistant shadowing experience.

Deadlines for Application & Admission Interview Dates

The deadline for an early admission decision is September 1 for the academic year beginning the following August. Invited candidates who have submitted a completed application by September 1 will be interviewed for admission to the program between the dates of September 15 and October 15, with most candidates in this group receiving an admission notification by October 31. Invited candidates who have submitted a completed application after September 1 will be interviewed between the dates of October 16 and November 30, with most candidates in this group receiving an admission notification by December 15.

The Program Interview

Seton Hill's Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee reviews all applications for the combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program. Selected applicants are invited for an interview on campus with program faculty members and alumni. The interview process includes standard interview questions, a communication exercise, and a writing assessment. The interview process takes one-half day to complete.

How to Succeed at the Program Interview

Our program receives hundreds of applications from qualified prospective students for a small number of available seats. To improve your chances of being placed in one of those seats, you must prepare for the interview. Here is a list of items that will prepare you and give you an edge in the interview process:

  • Research Seton Hill University and our Physician Assistant Program.
  • Attend a Seton Hill University Physician Assistant Program Information Session - this is especially important for high school applicants.
  • Research the profession. (Some websites that will help: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association.)
  • Research possible interview questions and think about your responses.
  • Talk with physician assistants.
  • Think about why you want to be a physician assistant.
  • Get adequate sleep the night before your scheduled interview.
  • Arrive early for the interview.