Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will admit one new cohort of MSPA students each January.

Important Deadlines

Program Start Date: January 4, 2019

Application cycle begins: April 26, 2018 (in CASPA)

Application deadline: October 1, 2018

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Checklist 

❑     College Transcripts:  A bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment. Your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution(s) must be sent to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA).  Transcripts available after CASPA applications are verified can be sent to us at: Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences/Mary Baldwin University, Office of Admissions, 100 Baldwin Blvd., Fishersville, VA 22939. Bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite coursework must be earned/completed by September 1, 2018.

❑     Application:  Applications will be online through  CASPA, once the application cycle has begun.

❑     Application Fee:  In addition to the CASPA fee, in order to process your application, you will also need to submit a non-refundable supplemental fee of $45.

❑     Test Scores: GRE or MCAT scores. You will need to request that your most current Graduate Education Examinations (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores be sent to CASPA. GRE/MCAT must have been taken within 5 years of application to our program. The CASPA/Mary Baldwin University identification code is 3656; MCAT scores are uploaded. MDCHS utilizes a holistic approach to admissions, therefore, we do not publish a minimum GRE or MCAT score.

❑     Prerequisite Courses:

*Note: All prerequisite coursework must be completed by September 1, 2018 (with the exception of Medical Terminology, which can be completed as a certificate program)

Required Courses
Credit Hours


Any biology course in addition to Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology; must include lab
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy


Must include lab
Human or Vertebrate Physiology


Must include lab


Must include lab


Must include lab
Organic Chemistry OR Biochemistry


Lab preferred


1 intro and 1 upper OR 2 upper level psychology courses; abnormal and developmental psychology are preferred.


Can be from biology, mathematics, psychology, or business. NOTE – if a psychology course is used to meet this requirement, it cannot also be used for the psychology requirement.
Medical Terminology


A medical terminology certificate could be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this coursework.

*Can be combined A/P for 8 credits, but must include labs

❑     GPA:  A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA is required. We expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all prerequisite courses must reflect a “C” or better.

❑     References:  Three references are required (submitted via CASPA).

❑     Observation Hours:  Health care observation hours or actual health care experiences are recommended but not required.

❑     Essay: The CASPA application form will require a brief personal essay.

❑     Interview: The Admissions Committee will send invitations to selected candidates to interview. Not all applicants will be invited to interview.  An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the candidate.



Before registering for classes, students must provide:

  • Criminal background checks (federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations) at student expense.
  • Signed Technical Standards document
  • Written verification of immunizations at student expense
  • Written verification of health insurance at student expense
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification from the American Heart Association at student expense


After classes start, and in preparation for clinical placements, students must also provide:

  • Any additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies (such as drug screening, background check, etc.) at student expense.