Admission Requirements

The PA Manhattan program is designed as a three year full-time program, culminating in a joint BS/MS degree. 

All students must complete the same coursework throughout the 32 months of the program, even if you already have a bachelor’s degree and took similar courses.  

Academic Requirements

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A 3.0 minimum science GPA from all colleges attended. CASPA will include all Biology, Chemistry and Physics grades to calculate science GPA or “BCP Total” as it is referred to on the CASPA application.

Pre-requisite Coursework

You will need to have successfully completed 90 transferable credits of bachelor's level courses, 60 of which must be in general liberal arts and sciences and specifically include 52 credits of the prerequisites listed below, with grades of “C” or better* at an accredited college, university, or its equivalent.

An applicant may apply to the program with prerequisite coursework in progress, but all prerequisite coursework must be completed a full semester prior to the start of the program. Pending coursework may delay review of the candidate's application.


Distribution of 52 credits of specific prerequisites:

General Biology I & II (with labs)

8 credits

General Chemistry I & II (with labs)

8 credits

Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

4 credits

Anatomy & Physiology**

8 credits

Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

6 credits

English Composition and/or English Literature+

6 credits

Humanities (e.g., History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art)

6 credits

Mathematics (pre-calculus level or above)

3 credits


3 credits


* Advanced Placement courses taken in high school must have scores of 4 or 5 to transfer.
** Applicants who completed two Anatomy & Physiology courses for less than a total of 8 credits must satisfy the credit requirement by completing an additional elective in Biology or Chemistry.
+ Applicants must provide catalog descriptions for English courses not taught by an English department (e.g. through a core curriculum or honors program).

Please note:

  • All prerequisite science courses must be designed for science majors. Transfer of science courses designed for non-science majors, e.g., liberal arts, nursing, respiratory therapy, is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants whose sciences prerequisites are more than 10 years old may be required to take refresher courses unless exempted by the Admissions Committee
  • All prerequisite courses are offered by the School of Health Sciences' Undergraduate Studies department at the Bay Shore campus, as well as by Touro College's Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences and New York School of Career and Applied Studies.
  • The PA program does not award academic credit for experiential learning.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.
  • All incoming students are required to have a personal computer for daily instructional and testing purposes

Coursework completed by non-accredited or foreign institutions

Applicants who do not hold a degree from an accredited college, university, or its equivalent, will need to submit an official high school transcript or proof of GED.

Applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not attend college in the U.S. or other English-speaking country, will need to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a score of at least 560 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based), or 83 (Internet-based) (Note: the TOEFL exam does not fulfill or substitute for the 6-credit English prerequisite requirement).

Foreign credentials must be evaluated by a Touro-approved agency. International Student Services can help with any questions.  

Admissions Appeals

Students who do not meet established grade point standards or other established admission requirements detailed above may petition the PA Admissions Committee in writing for consideration. The petition must accompany the application. It should clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards or other requirements, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The Admissions Committee may choose to admit students who have not met established admission requirements, based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process. For applicants who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree, prerequisite courses of certain types may be waived at the discretion of the PA Program Director.

Questions? Contact:

Physician Assistant Program
Office of Admissions
Touro College School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Boulevard
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(866) TOURO4U