Matriculation Requirements 

Applicants who receive letters of acceptance to the Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Assistant program will have two weeks to either accept or decline their place in the Summer 2019 class. Students accepting their place must submit an Acknowledgement of Acceptance and Confirmation form and a $500 non-refundable deposit due two weeks (10 business days) from receipt of the Letter of Acceptance. (The deposit will be credited toward tuition/fees upon matriculation.) Additional specific requirements needed prior to matriculation are listed below.     


All MSM students are required to provide proof of receiving a set of immunizations prior to enrollment or to receive the required immunizations within 30 days of enrollment. Students who have not received required immunizations will be provided those immunizations. The cost of immunizations will be covered by immunization fees (previously the student health service fee).

The following immunizations are based on the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for health professionals and must be completed by May 1.

  • Hepatitis B (3 dose series)
  • Measles – Mumps - Rubella (2 dose series)
  • Tetanus – Diphtheria – Pertussis (1 dose of Tdap within last 10 years)
  • Varicella (2 dose series or titer)
  • Tuberculosis skin test or chest X-Ray (required annually while in the program)
  • Influenza vaccine (1 dose of influenza vaccine annually)
  • Those who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis should get one dose.

The Institution’s policies regarding immunizations and all infection control policies may be found in the Student Handbook (pg 33).

The Institution’s immunization forms may be found at: 

Background Checks and Drug Screen

The MSM PA program requires a criminal background check and drug screen for all entering students. The background check and drug screening are performed by Certified Background. The background check includes criminal history and previous address information. 

Proof of Medical Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage either through the Institution or through another individual or family plan. Students are required to demonstrate proof of coverage with major medical insurance at levels required by the Institution. A student may choose their own personal insurance plan as long as it is comparable in coverage to that offered by the Institution.

Basic Life Support

All entering students are required to have current Basic Life Support certification designed for health care providers. The BLS certification is required to enable you to participate in these clinical practice settings during both the academic and clinical phases of the program. Proof of current certification will be required on or before the first day of summer term. If you have never been BLS certified, you can contact your local chapter of the American Heart Association to inquire about registering for potential classes. You can do this through the AHA website and entering your zip code to contact your local chapter. 

Student Employment Policy

Click here for the Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Assistant program's policy on student employment.