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Selection Factors, Employment and Additional Considerations

Selection Factors

The Committee on Admissions selects students for the Program based on the overall strength of the applicant relative to the applicant pool. The following areas are of primary consideration:

  • Academic potential as demonstrated by prior course work
  • Motivation for and familiarity with the role of the PA in health care and society
  • Quality and duration of prior health care experience
  • Maturity
  • Ability to make sound professional and personal judgments
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Capacity for performance of technical functions and tasks required of a PA
  • Alignment with the mission of the SLU PA Program
  • Potential for success in SLU Program and PA profession


Employment during the 27 months of the PA Program is discouraged. Class attendance is mandatory and students should expect to be in classes or studying on campus from at least 8am - 6pm daily. There is additional study and coursework required in the evenings and on weekends.

Typical Class Profile
Characteristics of the typical physician assistant class at Saint Louis University (based upon the Class of 2013) are as follows:

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Class of 2012

Class of 2011

Class of 2010

Average Age 26.4 years old 27 years old 27.3 years old 25.5 years old 27 years old 25 years old
Age Range 22 - 37 22 - 58 22 - 50 22 - 35 22 - 51 22 - 42
Cumulative GPA 3.58 3.64 3.62 3.52 3.54 3.55
Science GPA 3.56 3.60 3.62 3.60 3.50 3.47
Male 31 percent 26 percent 34 percent 21 percent 23 percent 15 percent
Female 69 percent 74 percent 66 percent 79 percent 77 percent 85 percent
Missouri Residents 57 percent 43 percent 40 percent 35 percent 37 percent 38 percent
Average Healthcare Hours 3,470 3,530 2,400 3,750 5,000+ 1,942


Advanced Placement

Advanced standing, advanced placement or credit for experiential learning is not available for any component of the program or any course within the curriculum of the Physician Assistant Program. Additionally, transfer to SLU from another physician assistant program cannot be accommodated.

Additional Considerations

Physician Assistant students are required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo drug testing through Saint Louis University before matriculation and again prior to the start of clinical roations. A positive background check or drug screen would have serious consequences for the student including forfeiture of any or all clinical rotations or inability to complete the Program. The potential to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) may also be impacted and many state regulatory and governing organizations will not grant a license, registration or other similar professional practice document if there is a positive criminal background check or drug screen.

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