Physician Assistant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Physician Assistant Program (Masters of Clinical Medical Science) at Larkin University. . Our faculty find new and innovative ways to educate our students in a student-centered learning environment.  We are dedicated to preparing highly qualified healthcare providers who complement physicians in primary healthcare delivery.

Larkin University has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Larkin University anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2025, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2025 ARC-PA meeting.

More updates, sneak peeks, and exciting announcements COMING SOON! Let’s shape the future of healthcare together.

Masters of Clinical Medical Science

Applicants for the Physician Assistant Program must have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA: Prospective applicants need to have a minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Patient Care Experience:  Although not required, prior healthcare experience is highly recommended. Higher consideration will be given to applicants who have a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience. This can include registered nurse, paramedic, EMT, physical therapist, nursing assistant, medical assistant, or clinical research coordinator, health educator scribe. These hours must be completed by the time of submission of the application.
  • Application through CASPA, which includes submission:

GRE (Graduate Record Examination).  PACAT is recommended but not required.

Patient Care Experience:  Although not required, prior healthcare experience is highly recommended. Higher consideration will be given to applicants who have a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience. This can include registered nurse, paramedic, EMT, physical therapist, nursing assistant, medical assistant, or clinical research coordinator, health educator scribe. These hours must be completed by the time of submission of the application.

Professional References:  Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation. These should come from professionals who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications, such as healthcare professionals, (e.g. physician assistant, physician, nurse practitioner, registered nurse) professors, or supervisors. Recommendations submitted by relatives, personal healthcare providers, friends are not acceptable.

Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a personal statement in which the applicant explains their motivation for becoming a Physician Assistant, their understanding of the PA role, and their career goals.

  •   Interview Process:  Qualified applicants who meet all the requirements will be invited to
      participate in an interview process.
  • Additional Requirements:

Technical Standards: Applicants must meet the technical standards
required to complete the program, which include physical, cognitive, and
behavioral abilities.

Background Check and Drug Screening: Applicants that have been granted a seat in the
Larkin PA Program will be required to have a background check and drug
screening prior to admission.

 

Prerequisite Coursework: Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:

  1. Biological Sciences:
    • Human Physiology with lab (1 course) or combined Anatomy and Physiology courses with labs I and II (2 courses)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (1 course)
    • General Biology with lab I and II (2 courses)
  2. Chemistry:
    • General Chemistry with lab I and II (2 courses)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (1 course)
    • Biochemistry (1 course)
  3. Microbiology:
    • Microbiology with lab (1 course)
  4. Mathematics and Statistics:
    • College Math (1 course)
    • Statistics (1 course)
  1. Humanities and Social Sciences: (1 course)
    • General Psychology
    • Additional Psychology courses (such as Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology) are recommended.
    • Anthropology

Sociology

   
   
   
  
  
  
  
  

ADMISSION NOTES:

WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.  ANTICIPATED DATE OF ACCEPTING APPICATIONS June 2025
 

Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Larkin University.

Each of you has been selected to be part of the “Larkin family” because of your determination, and commitment to improving your preparation for a career in the health profession. We are thrilled to welcome you to the L.I.O.N. Pride community. We want to ensure that you are prepared to get started as soon as you arrive on campus for Orientation. Please read this webpage in its entirety. If you have any questions, please email the Office of Admissions at PAadmissions@larkin.edu 

All of us at Larkin look forward to welcoming you to our campus!

Security Deposit

A non-refundable Security Deposit of $500 is due to “hold your seat” in the Class at the time of acceptance.  An Additional $500. deposit is required one month prior to start of classes. Your Letter of Acceptance will indicate the deposit deadline dates.  This fee will be applied to your 1st-semester tuition. Please pay through our secure, online payment system.

Financial Services

Apply early to ensure funding is available for the 1st day of class. Students will not be permitted to attend class if tuition and fees are not paid.

FAQs

60 students matriculate in each class

Yes, a baccalaureate degree must have been received prior to matriculation into the physician assistant program. See Requirements for Admission for more information.

 

No, but all the pre-requisites must be completed before the start of the program

Yes.  The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required. 

The program does not grant advanced standing under any circumstances. No prerequisite course completed prior to admission into the program or prior clinical experience will be accepted as substitution for any required coursework in the PA program.

Accepted applicants will be required to pay a $500. non-refundable Matriculation Fee/Deposit at time of acceptance. An additional $500 non-refundable Matriculation Fee/Deposit is due one month prior to the start of the program. Applicants will be notified of due date upon receipt of admissions letter. The deposit will be credited towards your tuition.

Classes are Monday- Friday, 8:00 am -4:00 pm.  Students are not able to work during the program.

Larkin University is located in Miami Gardens and is a commuter campus.  Nearby cities include North Miami Beach, North Miami, Ives Estates, and Opa-Locka. On-campus housing is not available, but several options are available to assist you in your housing search.  

Housing Options

At this time, Federal Loans are not available.  Larkin U Financial Services will assist students with applying for private student loans.  A listing of private loan vendors is located on the Financial Services web page.  Please note, private student loans approval is largely based on credit score.  Apply early in case you need to address credit score.

Tuition and fees are divided among 3 semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) and due on the first day of classes.  Failure to pay tuition and fees will result in withdrawal from program.

Larkin U does not offer payments plans for tuition and fees.  Students must secure funding before the start of the Program.  Failure to do so will result in program withdrawal.

Students are required to have active health insurance and updated immunizations during enrollment at Larkin University. We have included the cost of health insurance coverage in our Cost of Attendance, and you are permitted to add this need to your loan funds request. If you will be accessing coverage through the ACA Marketplace at https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/, the open enrollment period begins November 1st for coverage.  If you are losing employer coverage because of starting school, you may qualify to enroll during a Special Enrollment Period

No, due to the nature of our curriculum you will be automatically registered for classes as you progress in the program.

No, you will not. From the University Library you will have access to numerous online databases and textbooks needed to augment content information from faculty during your courses.  The exam preparation materials are integrated into the curriculum and are provided as part of the cost to attend the program.