Articulation Agreement in Physician Assistant Studies with Chatham University

Washington & Jefferson College has a formal agreement with Chatham University for senior students who are interested in matriculating in their Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (M.P.A.) following graduation. Guaranteed acceptance for up to two (2) students each year is possible if the following criteria are met:

  1. A minimum of a grade of B in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below)
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.50 as calculated by CASPA.
  3. A grade point average of 3.40 in all completed science courses, with a minimum of 18 science credits (5 courses) completed. Note that Psychology courses are not counted in this science GPA. (NOTE: All GPAs used by Chatham (overall and science GPAs) are calculated by CASPA. See the CASPA website for courses included in their GPA calculations. Note that math courses are not included in their science GPA calculations.)
  4. Maintenance of a good citizenship record.
  5. Successful completion of all Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies admission requirements, including submission of acceptable GRE scores, and possibly including an on-campus interview.

In addition to the above, if all of the following criteria are met, Washington & Jefferson College students will be considered for acceptance into the Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies program:

  1. A minimum of a grade of B in each prerequisite course (see list of courses below)
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.25 as calculated by CASPA.
  3. A grade point average of 3.25 in all completed science courses, with a minimum of 18 science credits (5 courses) completed. Note that Psychology courses are not counted in this science GPA.
  4. Maintenance of a good citizenship record.
  5. Successful completion of all Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies admission requirements, including submission of acceptable GRE scores, and possibly including an on-campus interview.

Application: By September 1st of a student's final year in residence at Washington & Jefferson College, the student must complete an application for admission to CASPA, the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants.

Prerequisite courses:

  • BIO 121 and 131 (Foundational Biology)
  • CHM 160 and 170 (Organic Chem) OR CHM 160 and 260 (Organic and Inorganic Chem)
  • BIO 209, 215, & 235 (Vertebrate Anatomy, Microbiology, Animal Physiology)
  • PSY 101 (Elementary Psychology)

Besides the prerequisite courses, Chatham recommends, but does not require:

  • Biology 201 (Genetics)
  • Mathematics 125 (Probability and Statistics)
  • Psychology 265 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Nutrition

Information about the PA program at Chatham University can be found at the Chatham PA website. It is highly recommended that students interested in Chatham's PA program meet with a faculty member from Chatham during their sophomore or junior year to obtain advising about their future plans.