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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks,
Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: March 2023
1301 N Columbia Rd Stop 9037
Grand Forks,

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:


Program Information

Length of Program:

24 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  


Starting Semester: 




Students per Class:


PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 


Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$49,735 / $72,245   Does not include living expenses.

Tuition Notes:

Tuition and fees for the program for Minnesota residents are $49,735

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 


Admissions Information


Participates in CASPA:


Application Deadline:

September 1
(Rolling Admissions not Stated)


Minimum GPA:   


Minimum Science GPA:


Average GPA: 


Average Science GPA:   


Other GPA Requirements: 

Grade of B or higher (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) unless denoted below. The UND DPAS recognizes that some applicants may be taking courses which may be affected by COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage a letter grade for all courses.

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Not Mentioned

Minimum PA Shadowing: 


Patient Care Experience Required:

1000 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

No Specific Recommendation

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

Hours accrued in a student/learner role are not acceptable.


Test(s) Required:


GRE Deadline:

Not Applicable

GRE Expiration:

Not Applicable

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:


CASPer Deadline:

Check with School

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

7 Years
Prerequisite coursework does not have an expiration date. However, the most competitive candidates are those who demonstrate more recent success in completing challenging coursework. Preference is given to applicants who have completed upper level science prerequisite courses within the past 7 years.

Online Coursework Accepted:

Courses can be taken online or at a community/technical college as long as they are from a regionally-accredited institution within the U.S. (HLC, MSCHE, NECHE, NWCCU, SACSCOC, WSCUC). They must meet the requirements listed (such as number of semester credit, grade of B or higher, completed by deadline, etc.). Upper level university science coursework, with lab work, are preferred.

Community College Coursework Accepted:


Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

No in-progress requirements will be considered.


Required or Recommended
General Chemistry
Not Required
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
Not Required
Introductory Biology
Not Required
1 Semester
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Upper-Level Biology
2 Semesters
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Additional upper level science coursework (with labs) recommended.
Not Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Course Required, Lab Recommended
Not Required
Medical Terminology
1 Course
Often programs only require a one-unit course. Some programs accept a non-credit certificate course.
English / Writing
Not Required
1 Semester
Social Sciences
Not Required
1 Semester
Preferably statistics for psychology, sociology, or biology.
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
Not Required
Other Requirements
At least 6 semester credits of additional upper level University science chosen from the following courses are required to satisfy a singular requirement: Biochemistry Biochemistry of Proteins and Information Flow Genetics Cell Biology Developmental Biology Endocrinology Systems Biology Physiology of Organs and Systems Molecular Genetics Molecular Biology of the Cell Organic Chemistry I Organic Chemistry II Introduction to Immunology *Organic Chemistry I & II are acceptable to have a letter grade of C
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