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Wondering if anyone knows of schools with minimal or no credit expirations. Many schools require prereqs are taken within 5, 7, 10 years and I've retaken three courses thus far to meet most schools' requirements. Soon, more will fall outside of these ranges and it's exasperating to think I will have to pay out-of-pocket for more classes. I'll probably wind up retaking them, but I figure it doesn't hurt to put feelers out there if it means having more money dedicated to applications. 

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Hardin-Simmons university in Texas doesn't have course expiration dates:
Master of Physician Assistant | Hardin-Simmons University (hsutx.edu)

"If I took a prerequisite course 5, 10, even 35 years ago, will you still accept that? 
Yes.  We do not impose an expiration date on coursework, prerequisite or otherwise; however, more recent Science academic work is encouraged."

I can't think of any others that come to mind though. Unfortunately, it may just need to be a hurdle you have to cross. It is unfortunate to need to pay out-of-pocket for courses, but think of it this way: you'll get an additional chance to increase your GPA and show the admissions committee you are able to tackle hard courses, which will improve your application overall. Good luck, and feel free to message me if you'd like any advice or suggestions! 🙂 

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Yales Online PA Program does not have any expiration on pre-req's...


"In order to meet the requirement, prerequisite courses must have been worth 3+ semester credits (or 4.5+ quarter credits) at the college or university where the student took the course. Lab credits are not required, but may be considered to fulfill the credit hour requirement. There is no expiration date for prerequisite courses. However, applicants are still responsible for being familiar and comfortable with topics covered in each of the prerequisites. As such, we recommend taking refresher courses if there are gaps in time."

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Looking at the Google Sheet I created when I was preparing to apply this cycle.  These are the schools that did not state whether classes expired or had no expiration. I have not checked these schools since early 2020 so I would double check the school websites to be sure. Also not I did not research every school so there might be others out there. Also some waive expiration limits if you have been working full time.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

University of Iowa (You will need a letter of recommendation from a professor if you apply here though that was my mistake) 

MGH Institute 

Boston University

I have Midwestern University on here but it's not specified which one so I would do more research

University of Pittsburgh


Touro (again not stated but mostly California)

Chapman University 

I think even if most schools state that expiration limits are recommended not required to be more competitive you probably should repeat them. I was in the same boat as you hence I did a lot of research on expiration limits and then decided what order would be best to retake classes. For me I found A&P and Micro definitely should be within the last 5 years and once that hurdle is crossed applied while retaking other courses that have expired (for example this past cycle while applying I knocked out Gen Bio, and was in my first semester of Gen Chem when i got accepted). Also if you can definitely retake classes at a community college. 

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