Program Prerequisites

Admissions requirements must be complete at the time of application (applicants may apply with one class in progress if it will be completed prior to matriculation).

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution
  • Required coursework taken in the last ten years with a “C” or better from an accredited school (AP credit will be accepted):
    • 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs
    • 1 semester of Biology with lab
    • 2 semesters of Chemistry with labs
    • 1 semester of English
    • 1 semester of Psychology
    • 1 semester of Statistics
    • 1 semester of Microbiology
    • 1 semester of Genetics
    • 1 semester of Biochemistry
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher required
  • Overall Science GPA of 3.0 or higher required
  • 500+ hours of direct patient care experience (please visit FAQs on UB website for more information)
  • On campus interview by invitation only

Note: All admitted students will be subject to a background check. This procedure will be conducted by the outside agency Verified Credentials, Inc. All information is maintained confidentially.

Required Materials

Please submit all materials below to CASPA:

  • Application
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three recommendation letters
    • One must be from a healthcare provider and another from the supervisor of the clinical experience. The third can be a professor, employer, or another individual who has known you on a professional level for a year or more.
  • Complete the Healthcare Experience section on the CASPA application to document the 500+ hours of patient care experience
  • Supplemental Essay Question (to be answered on the CASPA application)


Completed application and all supplemental documentation must be received by:

  • August 1st for January start
  • Rolling admissions, apply through CASPA starting in April for the following January
  • Interviews commence in July

Advanced Standing and Transfer

The Institute does not offer advanced standing or transfer credit to students applying to the Institute at this time.

Academic Standards

Progression from the Didactic to the Clinical phase
Several conditions must be met in order to progress from the didactic to the clinical phase.

Failure to meet the following conditions will result in dismissal:

  1. Successful completion of all didactic phase courses with a final course grade of “C” or above.
  2. All incomplete grades or pending assignments must be resolved.
  3. A faculty evaluation of professional behavior must be satisfactorily completed. (Appendix C)
  4. Meet the standards of Section D- Maintenance of Good Academic Standing and Academic Sanctions
  5. Successful completion of end-of-didactic cumulative examination with a grade of ≥70 on each component.

Graduation is dependent upon the following:

  1. All courses in the physician assistant curriculum, including all clinical rotations, must be successfully completed with a final grade of a 70 or better.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of all programmatic courses must be at or above 3.0.
  3. Meeting all patient and procedural log requirements.
  4. Faculty review of professional behavior throughout the entire program. (Appendix C)
  5. Successful passing of the summative examinations.

No student will be graduated who has not resolved all financial obligations with the University.

Grievance policy
Students have the right to grievance procedure established by the university. It is expected that a student who wishes to implement this process will first present the issue to the Program Director in confidence. If this option is not viable, a student should follow the process as outlined in the university policy.
Any student who desires to file a formal grievance seeking review of the University’s decision or action pertaining to student services or other matters, including consumer protection, may utilize the procedure below. This grievance procedure does not apply to student disciplinary matters, academic dishonesty, grades or other academic issues, athletics, disability accommodations, or issues arising under Title IX, which are subject to review under other
University procedures. Students are encouraged to address any concern which may arise informally with appropriate administrators and to attempt to resolve the matter prior to submitting a formal grievance.
First Step: The student may submit a written grievance to the Dean of Students within 30 days of the decision or action in question. The written grievance should describe the relevant background, the decision or action which the student seeks to have reviewed, the student’s previous attempts to resolve the matter, and the relief the student is seeking. If the Dean of Students was the decision maker with regard to the matter which the student seeks to have reviewed, then the grievance may be submitted directly to the Provost. In considering the grievance, the Dean of Students or his/her designee may request additional information from the complaining student, as well as any other person who may have relevant information. The Dean of Students or his/her designee will notify the student in writing of his/her decision (the “Decision”) within 15 days following receipt of the grievance or conclusion of investigation (whichever is later).
Second Step: In the event that the student is not satisfied with the Decision at Step 1, then the student may submit a written appeal within 15 days of receipt of the Decision to the Office of the Provost. The appeal must contain a copy of the original grievance and any documents filed in support thereof, the Decision, and a statement outlining the reasons for the appeal and relief sought. The Provost may review and decide the appeal, or designate an associate or assistant Provost to review and decide the appeal. Upon considering the appeal, the Provost or his/her designee will notify the student in writing of his/her decision and the grounds therefor within 15 days following receipt of the appeal. The Office of the Provost’s decision is final.
Withdrawal from PAI
A student considering resignation from the University of Bridgeport PAI is encouraged to discuss the issue with his/her faculty advisor and Director of the PA Program prior to withdrawal. Once a decision to resign is reached, the student must submit a letter to the Director of the Program detailing the reason for withdrawal. Once a student has made the decision to voluntarily withdrawal, s/he will not be allowed to reapply.
At any time a student can be dismissed from the program for academic or professional /behavioral reasons. Any student in jeopardy of dismissal from the program will be notified in writing and have the option to respond. At the discretion of the Program Director, an
AD HOC Progress and Promotions committee may be convened and the issue presented. All recommendations of the committee will be presented to the Program Director for final action. This process is outlined in the programs dismissal policy
Academic Sanctions
A. Academic Warning
Academic warning is a designation of substandard academic performance; it cautions the student that continued performance at this level may result in academic probation or dismissal.
Academic warning is not noted on the student’s transcript but is noted in the student’s academic file that is kept in the program office. The student must meet with their academic advisor will devise a plan of remediation of difficulties.
An academic warning is issued by the program director during the didactic phase when one or more of the following occur:
  • When a student earns a cumulative GPA between 2.600 and 2.999 the first semester.
  • When a student earns a semester GPA below 3.0 but his/her cumulative GPA remains above 3.0.
  • When a student takes an end-of-course reassessment exam in a stand-alone course or any modular or comprehensive reassessment exam in Clinical Medicine.
  • When a student is placed on academic probation, academic probation supersedes academic warning in all circumstances.
B. Academic Probation
Academic probation is issued by the program director when a student earns a cumulative GPA below 3.0 at the end of any semester other than the first semester.
A student on academic probation will meet with his/her advisor throughout the semester of probation to make a plan for remediation of difficulties.
A student may only be on academic probation for one semester and is expected to achieve good academic standing by the end of the next semester. If a student fails to achieve good academic standing by the end of the next semester, s/he will be dismissed from the program.
Academic Probation will be removed by the program director when the student returns to good academic standing (when the cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher). The student then must maintain good academic standing for the duration of the program.
A student on probation may not serve as a class representative, be a member of the Medical Challenge Bowl team or apply to participate in a program medical mission.
C. Dismissal for Academic Performance
Dismissal from the program is issued by the program director when a student does not successfully meet the PAI’s academic standards (as stated above). A student who is dismissed from the PAI for academic reasons will not be allowed to rematriculate into the program. A student will be automatically dismissed from PAI for failing to meet any of the following criteria:
– Cumulative GPA below 2.600 at the end of the first semester of the didactic phase.
– Cumulative GPA below 2.800 at the end of the second semester of the didactic phase.
– Being placed on academic probation and subsequently earning a cumulative GPA below 3.0 for any proceeding semester.
– Course failure in a stand-alone course.
– Course failure in a Clinical Medicine course.
– Failure of the End-of Didactic Examination.
– Failure to meet the defined requirements for progression into the clinical phase.
– Failure to meet the defined requirements for graduation.
For criteria for dismissal during the clinical phase, please refer to the clinical year handbook.
D. Academic Discipline Procedures
i. Discipline for Violations of Academic Integrity Policy (E.g. Plagiarism, Cheating) PAI follows the University’s Academic Integrity Policy, Principles and Procedures, as well as the related discipline and disciplinary procedures for academic dishonesty.
ii. Academic Dismissal for Poor Academic Performance
If the student meets the PAI criteria for academic dismissal (defined above) the program director shall notify the student in writing that s/he is dismissed from the program (the “Decision”). In the event that the student is not satisfied with the Decision, then the student may submit a written appeal within 10 days of receipt of the Decision to the Progress and Promotion Committee.
The appeal should be submitted to the program director. The PPC is a six-member panel composed of faculty and administrators from UB and the PAI program director ex officio .
The student’s appeal must specifically state the grounds for appeal which are limited to:
(1) failure to follow UBCNM policy (e.g. GPA calculated incorrectly); or
(2) extraordinary personal circumstances – determined in the absolute discretion of the PPC – defined as extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances outside of a student’s control which had a significant impact of the student’s academic performance.
The student cannot appeal the grade earned in a specific class, as that is a matter properly handled through the University’s Academic Grievance Procedure.
The student’s appeal should also include:
A narrative of relevant facts, an explanation for his/her performance, the relief sought, and any other relevant documentation, evidence, or information.
Should the student believe that there is a conflict of interest with any of the members serving on the PPC, the student should address that issue in writing to the program director within three (3) business days of receipt of the Decision.
The PPC shall consider the student’s written appeal and any other documentation submitted.
The PPC may request additional information (in writing or by interview) from the student, as well as any other person who may have relevant information.
The PPC shall will notify the student in writing of his/her decision and the grounds therefor within 15 days following receipt of the appeal.
The PPC decision is final
Remediation of Academic Difficulties
Students who fail to demonstrate the requisite knowledge or skills necessary to perform at an acceptable level for a course may be required to remediate those deficiencies. Remediation is a process intended to correct a student’s academic deficiencies and includes such activities as special assignments, examinations, tutoring, assessment and development of study skills. Where appropriate, referral to the Office of Disability and Counseling may be recommended as well. Students with academic difficulty will be identified by the faculty and remedial measures will be recommended. These measures might include meeting with the course director, student advisor or program director for analysis of strengths and challenges in student’s foundational knowledge, study habits and class note keeping.
According to our academic progression policy deceleration is not an option.
Sexual and Gender-based Interpersonal Violence and Harassment
The University of Bridgeport is committed to providing an environment free from gender-based discrimination and harassment. Consistent with the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, the University strictly prohibits Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation, Dating, Relationship or Domestic Partner Violence, Stalking, Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, or Retaliation against a person for the good faith reporting of these forms of conduct or participation in an investigation or proceeding under this Policy.
Please see the Key to UB for a complete version of this Policy.

Criminal Background checks

Criminal background checks are performed for University of Bridgeport (“UB”) students entering the Physician Assistant program prior to commencement of any clinical experience.

Students are also required to comply with the background check policy of any off-campus clinical site at which they seek to participate.  Some off-campus sites require background check(s) beyond that conducted by the University (i.e., additional check(s) may be required). Failure to comply shall result in sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the UB program.

An authorization for a criminal background check must be completed at least two (2) months prior to the start of any clinical experience for the Program.

Failure to complete the authorization within the proscribed time period may result in a delay of clinical placement.  Students declining or refusing authorize a background check are prohibited from entering the clinical phase of his/her Program, resulting in automatic dismissal from the Program.

The United States criminal background check reported to the University will include:  statewide criminal records from any state the student has resided in the last seven years, federal criminal records from any federal jurisdiction the student has resided in the last seven years, national criminal records, and sex offender records

Students are responsible for costs associated with criminal background checks ($120 with additional fees for multiple names).  If an off-campus clinical site requires an additional background check, students are also responsible for covering that fee.

The University maintains confidentiality of all criminal background checks, unless release is otherwise required by law.

Felony and misdemeanor convictions, as well as other behavior which does not conform to the accepted standards of the profession, may affect a student’s eligibility for licensure (and participation in clinical rotations).  As requirements vary by state, students are solely responsible for consulting the state licensing boards in the state(s) they seek to practice.

Drug screening

All students undergo toxicology screening prior to the clinical year.  Some rotation sites require an additional drug screen as a condition for access to the site. Students are responsible for the cost of this testing. Testing positive or refusing drug testing may result in an inability to complete the clinical year, and to graduate.

If a clinical site denies a student access to its facilities based on the results of a positive criminal background check or positive drug test (or refusal to obtain either screening), s/he may be unable to complete the course requirements and to continue in the professional program.  Neither the Physician Assistant Program nor University of Bridgeport have the obligation to refund tuition or other fees or to otherwise accommodate a student in the event that course requirements cannot be completed based on the results of a criminal background check or drug screen.


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