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If you would like to register for one of the sessions, you may do so online here.  Simply select which campus you would like to visit here:

Clearfield Campus:  Click here for details and to register!

Open Houses at the Clearfield Campus begin ~9am and conclude by noon.

  • Saturday, March 25th, 2017
  • Saturday, April 29th, 2017


Lock Haven Campus:   Please register online

Willis Health Professions Building 10:00-11:00


Coudersport Campus:  Please contact Coudersport Administrative Assistant, Kathy Tuttle, at 570-484-2604 to schedule an individual appointment to visit this campus.


*Additional Open Houses will be posted here as they are scheduled.


Download the Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program's brochure here:  Lock Haven University Physician Assistant Program Brochure 

Questions?:  E-mail

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Application Process and Deadlines

The Admissions Committee of Lock Haven University's Physician Assistant Program welcomes applications for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle beginning on April 22nd, 2015.  Potential students should apply to the program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). 

Applications must be completed by OCTOBER 1st including official report of GRE scores directly to CASPA (Designated Institution (DI) Code 8827). 

Candidates are eligible to apply if they will complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the program in May.

Applicants are able to achieve admission to the LHUP PA Program through one of the two following mechanisms:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite courses listed below, and minimum combined score of 300 on the Graduate Record Exam (Verbal + Quantitative) and a minimum GRE writing score of 3.5 within the past 3 years.  


  • Enrollment in Lock Haven University's 3+2 BS/MHS Program. This accelerated program is open to highly qualified high school seniors who apply to the undergraduate Health Sciences Department for admission and indicate they are interested in the physician assistant program. Potential candidates are then invited to interview with faculty from the PA program, admissions staff and the Chair of the Health Sciences Department. For more information contact the Department of Admissions.
Required for admission: A grade of B or better is required in all these pre-requisite courses.
  1. General Chemistry I
  2. General Chemistry II
  3. Two Biology or Zoology Courses
  4. Human Anatomy*
  5. Human Physiology*
  6. Microbiology
  7. Human Genetics
  8. Statistics

Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.  All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation. Science courses with labs are preferred.

*A combined two semester anatomy/physiology is acceptable.  

Recommended Courses:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Additional course work in the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology)

Completion of the Graduate Record Exam is required (Designated Institution Code 8827) with a minimum combined score of 300 and a minimum GRE writing score of 3.5.

All students must show evidence of computer literacy, either through formal coursework or experience. (Computer literacy includes basic understanding of the operation of computer systems, and applications such as word processing, file management, spreadsheets, and the use of the internet.)

Because of the unique nature of the master’s program, transfer credits are not accepted as substituting for any component of the Graduate Physician Assistant Program.

A minimum of five students, enrolled in the Lock Haven University Department of Health Sciences Pre-Physician Assistant Degree Program, meeting the entry requirements of the current 3 + 2 Majors, following a successful interview, are admitted each year.  Please discuss with the Chair of the Health Sciences Department. 

Please click here for Requirements for International Medical Graduates  

***The LHU graduate physician assistant program admissions committee reserves the right to make exceptions in extenuating circumstances.  

Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program is limited.
Students are selected upon evaluation of the following factors: completion of academic prerequisites, academic ability, residency, evidence of potential for future practice in primary care in medically underserved areas of Pennsylvania, evidence of personality traits indicating an ability to work effectively with people, and letters of recommendation. Those candidates who appear most qualified based upon the above factors may be asked for a personal interview.  Shadowing experience with physician assistants is encouraged.  Health care experience, while beneficial, is not a requirement for admission.  

Technical Standards for completion of the requirements of the PA Program can be found at Technical Standards

*If you have applied to our program through CASPA, please continue to check your e-mail frequently for any updates as this is our programs primary mode of communication with applicants*

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