Accreditation Status

Programs are accredited by  ARC-PA. Please check the ARC-PA website for this program's accreditation status.

Mission & Notable Features

All programs operate in accordance with the ARC-PA Standards, but programs may focus on specific populations, regions, teaching methods, etc. In addition, each program is unique, and has some things that make it stand out from the other programs.

Mission The primary mission of the University of North Dakota Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to prepare selected students to become competent physician assistants working collaboratively with physicians, emphasizing primary care in rural and/or underserved communities.
Notable Features The UND Physician Assistant Studies Master's Program is 24 months in length. The Program begins with an on-campus orientation in May followed by two semesters of online coursework focusing on basic science content. While the coursework is delivered entirely from a distance, there are scheduled dates and times for online examinations, videoconference sessions and/or phone conferences. In January, the primary care course series begins. For the full calendar year, the student will experience rotating classroom instruction and clinical experiences in a sequential approach. Classroom instruction (referred to as didactic) is conducted on the UND campus for three separate occasions of 4-5 weeks each. This instruction is followed by supervised clinical practice experiences in a longitudinal primary care clinical setting. Alternating classroom and clinical learning, where each content session is followed by a clinical practice experience, provides immediate application of concepts resulting in greater development and retention of clinical competencies. During this time the student also completes additional online courses in diagnostic studies, evidence-based medicine and professional issues. The final semester consists of 16 weeks of specialty clerkship clinical rotations, completion of a scholarly project, and a final didactic session on campus for testing, review, and additional instruction on medical practice and management. During each clinical phase, a member of faculty communicates with the student/preceptor team to monitor specific areas of experience needed by the student to meet the educational goals of the Program and to facilitate role development. This is done by site visit, video conferencing and/or phone conference. The Program is individualized as much as possible to meet the needs of the each student. The Program is competency-based, which means that in order to graduate, each student must be able to demonstrate competencies in performing patient assessment and patient management functions, successfully complete comprehensive testing, and have completed a research project.

Preprofessional & Online Masters Degrees

Some programs offer a preprofessional degree designed to prepare students for a full professional PA program. Some programs also offer online masters programs designed to provide graduate education to someone with an undergraduate professional PA degree.

Preprofessional Degree No
Online Masters Degree No

Websites & Social Media

The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are maintained by the program.

Website Visit site

Veterans Information

Some programs have created support systems and pathways for veterans to help them more easily transition into civilian life and matriculate into PA school. These include:

  • Scholarships or financial assistance (reduced tuition, in-state tuition).
  • Clinical partnerships with veterans organizations for rotations.
  • Special admissions processes that recognize military service.
  • Faculty who are veterans.
  • Institutional participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges program, a consortium of colleges that recognize the unique needs of veterans in achieving their educational goals. Many of these institutions offer special benefits, such as tuition reduction or credit for experiential learning.
  • Institutional participation in the Yellow Ribbon Schools, program, a university-funded scholarship program for veterans.
Clinical Partners
Special Admissions
Veteran Faculty
SOC Member
Yellow Ribbon Program

Class & Degree Information

General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.

Degrees Offered Masters
Bachelor Degree Required
Class Start Date May 2021
Class Duration 24 months
Class Capacity 35 students
Campus School of Health Sciences
On-Campus Housing Not available
Part-Time Option No
Distance & Online Learning Yes
Accept Transfer Students No
Seat Deposit $500

International Applicants

Some programs may accept applications from people who are not US citizens. International applicants may be required to submit educational documentation for review, demonstrate proficiency in English, and other additional requirements.

International students Not accepted

Application Deadline

Many programs are members of CASPA, the central application service for PA programs. Applications to these programs are submitted through the CASPA website. Applications to non-CASPA programs are submitted directly to the individual programs.

There are three kinds of CASPA program deadlines:

  • Submitted. The application must be submitted by the deadline date. Documents don't have to be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Complete. The application must be submitted and all transcripts, payments, and at least two letters of reference must be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Verified. The application must be submitted, complete, and the the GPA calculation must be completed by CASPA by the deadline date.

Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.

CASPA Participant? Yes
Application Deadline
September 1, 2020
Deadline Type

Curriculum & Coursework Focus

Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:

  • Asynchronous Learning, a teaching method that uses online resources to facilitate information sharing outside the classroom.
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Early Clinical Exposure
  • Hybrid of Traditional & Case-Based Learning
  • Organ-Based Learning or Systems-Based Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning
Curriculum Design Asynchronous Learning
Case-Based Learning
Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
Hybrid of Traditional or Case-Based Learning
Organ-Based/Systems-Based Learning
Course Design Asynchronous Learning
Case-Based Learning
Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
Hybrid of Traditional or Case-Based Learning
Organ-Based/Systems-Based Learning

Contact Information

Mailing address and other contact details for the admissions office. The admissions office may be in a different city and state than the program's main campus.

SMHS 1301 N. Columbia Road Stop 9037
Ste E438, Room E435
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Phone 701-777-2344


Tuition listed is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure.


Standardized Exams

Programs may require specific exams such as the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the program accepts the MCAT in place of the GRE, it is noted here. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE requirements are for international or non-native English speaking applicants unless otherwise specified by the program. See the program's website for details.

GRE Not required
TOEFL Not required

Health Care Experience

Programs may recommend or require health care experience. If health care experience is required, the program will specify the kinds of experiences that are acceptable and the minimum number of hours.

No information provided

Minimum GPA

Programs may require one or more of the following: a minimum overall GPA; a minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework; and a minimum GPA for science coursework. Programs calculuate minimum science GPAs differently, so details are provided if a minimum science GPA is required.

Overall GPA 3.0
Prerequisite GPA No minimum
Science GPA No minimum

Recommendation Letters

Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.

Letters required 3
Anyone specific? Academic reference, Employer/supervisor, PA, physician, other health care provider, personal attributes

Supplemental Application

Programs may require a supplemental application. This may be an application to the graduate school, or additional information that is not provided in the CASPA application.

Required Yes
September 1, 2021
Link to Application
No information provided

Prerequisite Coursework

Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of required coursework, but to identify some typical classes that are required by programs. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.

Science Coursework

Name Lower Level Upper Level Lab
Biology - Cell
Biology - General
Biology - Genetics
Biology - Immunology
Biology - Microbiology/Bacteriology
Biology - Virology
Chemistry - Biochemistry
Chemistry - General
Chemistry - Organic
Physiology - General

Nonscience Coursework

Name Required
English - Composition
English - Literature
English - Speech
Math - Algebra
Math - Calculus
Math - General
Math - Precalculus
Math - Statistics
Medical Terminology
Psychology - Abnormal
Psychology - Developmental
Psychology - General