Physician Assistant Studies


Pre-Physician Assistant, MinorMinor

The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Idaho State University awards the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree and a PA certificate upon completion of its 24-month graduate curriculum. A new class of students is enrolled each fall semester. In addition to a baccalaureate degree, students must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher for the following required prerequisite courses: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course), Human Physiology (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course), Statistics, and Abnormal Psychology (or Developmental Psychology throughout the Lifespan). For information about requirements and courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the program website,

Early Assurance Program

The Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program's Early Assurance Program allows undergraduate juniors and seniors at ISU to apply for early acceptance into the PA Program. Post-baccalaureate students from ISU are also welcome to apply. Students receiving this award will receive a provisional offer of admission to the PA Program; formal acceptance is contingent upon completion of EAP post-acceptance requirements, including meeting the requirements for acceptance into the PA Program as defined in the Graduate Catalog. For more information on eligibility and post-acceptance requirements, visit


The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants, Inc. (ARC-PA). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCCPA’s Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).