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Cornell's webpage is still under construction - does anyone have prereq course information and HCE requirements? Any info would be appreciated as I haven't heard back from admissions yet and am trying to build my list. Thanks!


I emailed them and this is the response I got-
Good morning,
Thank you for your interest in the PA Program. The requirements for the upcoming  cycle are as follows:
Minimum of a Bachelor¹s degree
Required Courses:
2 Biology courses (both with lab components)
2 Chemistry courses (both with lab components)
1 Microbiology course
1 Biochemistry course
1 course in Anatomy & Physiology/ 1 course in Anatomy 1 course in
English composition (College level writing course)
GRE exam is required (no minimum)
TOEFL ­ If your native language is not English you will be required to
complete the exam
Minimum of 200 hours of Healthcare Experience. (500 hours recommended)
2 Letters of Recommendation- One from a Physician or Physician Assistant
the other academic
GPA must be a B average or minimum of a 3.0
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me.


Sasha Nathaniel

Administrative Secretary

Weill Cornell Medicine

Weill Cornell Graduate School

MSHS Physician Assistant Program: A Surgical Focus

575 Lexington Ave., Ste. 600, New York, NY 10022

Tel: 646-962-7277

Fax: 646-962-7290

Email: san3002@med.cornell.edu


Later - further response after I asked about course expirations and details about HCE--




Courses expire after 10 years, the required healthcare experience can be paid or volunteer hours. However, for direct patient care hours we do recommend that you engage in taking vital signs as well as blood draws, medical histories, etc. It is always a plus to have a variety of experiences in healthcare experiences. Here is a list of areas in which will give you the best direct patient care experience towards your application:  Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant, EMT, Phlebotomist, etc. 







​Then I freaked out, bc this implies I would have to take english again which is ridic, but I went to college 2003-2007. Asked about that and she never got back to me.


Sometimes - a lot of times - I think doing a post bac MD route is simpler than PA!


Hope that helps

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