Admissions Requirements

Please see the appropriate section for information regarding undergraduate and graduate admissions requirements.

For students entering as first-year students, a high school transcript is required for admission review.

For students entering as transfer students, high school and/or college transcripts are required for admission review.

Test Scores

JWU is test optional but students are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores. The SAT or ACT is required for home-schooled students.

Students must submit SAT or ACT scores in order to be considered for acceptance into the university's Honors program. Admission standards for honors students may vary for international and transfer students

Minimum Grade Requirements

Conditional acceptance includes academic support structures such as advising and supplemental instruction. Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained.

In general, JWU seeks a C+ GPA. A lower GPA and curriculum level requires a more intensive review of the total application package.

There are certain majors that may have grade point average, course, academic or other requirements. For further information, please contact the Admissions office. 

Program Requirements

Certain programs of study include technical standards as part of academic requirements essential to the program. Students with disabilities should contact the Center for Academic Support for information regarding the feasibility of reasonable accommodations and the technical standards. See Technical Standards for descriptions of the applicable technical standards. Copies of the technical standards applicable to various programs are also available from the Center for Academic Support.

For additional admissions requirements please review the other topics listed in the Applying section of this catalog.

To be considered for admission into any JWU graduate degree program, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed graduate application for admission
  2. Official or certified transcripts/mark sheets from all institutions attended, including bachelor’s degree and master's degree (if applicable) conferral. When a graduate program application is submitted prior to completing requirements for the bachelor's degree, Graduate Admissions will consider the application and, if admissible, will offer an acceptance pending submission of final transcript verifying bachelor degree conferral. Without such verification, students will not be allowed to register for the current term or continue enrollment, and will be in jeopardy of losing their academic status with the university.
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. The number of letters required varies according to program (see the program table below for programs requiring more than 2 letters of recommendation). Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. A Personal Reference Form (53K PDF) may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Additional admissions requirements, if applicable. Please refer to the program table below for specific additional requirements by program.

Note: All programs listed in the table below are available to qualifying students at JWU's Providence Campus. The minimum grade point average (GPA) and additional requirements for each program are also noted in the table.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements of any graduate College of Business or College of Hospitality Management program (excluding Accelerated Master's [formerly known as 4+1]) as indicated below may be given consideration for admittance to the program desired if acceptable GMAT/GRE scores are also submitted.

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptance to certain graduate business programs may be extended to domestic students who are at least 24 years of age, have a 2.41–2.84 cumulative undergraduate grade point average and demonstrate significant evidence of professional success. Students granted conditional acceptance may take a maximum of 3 JWU graduate courses (students may not enroll in 2 8-week courses at the same time). If an overall GPA of 3.0 is earned in the first conditional semester, the student will be granted full admission to that program. Students who do not earn an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and will not be accepted to any JWU graduate program. 

 Please note that the programs marked with an (*) asterisk below will accept students under conditional acceptance.

Program Selection Min GPA Required Degree Additional Requirements
MBA PROGRAMS
MBA — One-Year Program 2.85 Business (BS) or a business-related program (e.g., Hospitality) Grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 and ECON5000 (JWU courses: ACCT1210 and ECON1001 or ECON1002)
General MBA* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Accounting concentration* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major; Accounting major preferred
MBA with Finance concentration*+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Hospitality concentration* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Human Resource Management concentration*+ 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Information Technology concentration 3.0 Information Technology (BS) or a related computer major OR a BS degree and 5 years of information technology experience
MBA with Operations and Supply Chain Management concentration*# 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration*# 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAMS
Addiction Counseling (MS) (summer start only) 2.85 Any BS or BA degree 3 letters of recommendation; GRE scores or Miller Analogies Test Scores not required, but may be recommended. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, and MATH2001 or RSCH2050)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) (summer start only) 2.85 Any BS or BA degree 3 letters of recommendation; GRE scores or Miller Analogies Test Scores not required, but may be recommended. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, and MATH2001 or RSCH2050)
Data Analytics (MS) 3.0 BS degree in any major; IT-related major preferred
Finance (MS) * 2.85 Business bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree in a related field
Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (MS)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Human Resource Management (MS) * 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
Information Security/Assurance (MS)+ 3.0 Bachelor's degree in any major; IT-related major preferred
Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) 3.0 BS or BA degree All applicants must apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) before the March 1 deadline.
Sport Leadership (MS)* 2.85 Bachelor's degree in any major
EDUCATION PROGRAMS (FALL START ONLY)
MAT — Master of Arts in Teaching, with Business Education/Secondary Education concentration 2.75 Bachelor's degree in any major Evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; 2 disposition reference forms; interview required; criminal background check required
MAT — Master of Arts in Teaching, with Culinary Arts Education concentration 2.75 Bachelor's degree in any major Evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; 2 disposition reference forms; interview required; criminal background check required
MAT — Master of Arts in Teaching, with Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education concentration 2.75 Bachelor's degree in any major Evidence of content knowledge in specific teaching field; 2 disposition reference forms; interview required; criminal background check required
MEd — Teaching and Learning Master of Education 2.75 Bachelor's degree in any major 3 letters of recommendation; documentation of current employment in a pre-K–16 teaching situation; interview required
Educational Leadership (EdD) 3.25 Master's degree in an appropriate field from an accredited institution 3 letters of recommendation; current résumé; interview required
ACCELERATED MASTER'S (formerly known as 4+1) PROGRAMS FOR CURRENT JWU UNDERGRADUATES
Bachelor's/MBA programs (general and with concentrations) 3.0 BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferred Senior status (full-time day school student); grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 and ECON5000; (JWU courses: ACCT1210 and ECON1001 or ECON1002); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
BS/Addiction Counseling (MS) 3.0 BS or BA degree in any major; psychology major preferred Senior status (full-time day program student); 3 letters of recommendation; completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, and MATH2001 or RSCH2050); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
BS/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) 3.0 BS or BA degree in any major; psychology major preferred Senior status (full-time day school student); 3 letters of recommendation; completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods (JWU courses: PSYC1001, PSYC2002, and MATH2001 or RSCH2050); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
Bachelor's/Criminal Justice (MS) 2.85 Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Senior status (full-time day program student); master's courses at the graduate level are taken online only — the remaining MS courses are also online only; acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
Bachelor's/Finance (MS) 3.0 BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferred Senior status (full-time day program student); grade of C or better in undergraduate equivalents of the following graduate foundation courses: FISV5000 and ECON5000 (JWU courses: ACCT1210 and ECON1001 or ECON1002); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
Bachelor's/Human Resource Management (MS) 3.0 BS or BA in any major; business-related program preferred Senior status (full-time day program student); acknowledgement checklist from SAS is required.
Bachelor's/Information Security/Assurance (MS) 3.0 Bachelor's degree in any major; IT major preferred Senior status (full-time day school student); grade of C or better in MATH2001 and ITEC2081; acknowledgement checklist form from SAS is required.
*

These programs will accept students under conditional acceptance.

+

These programs will require taking concentration classes online.

#

These programs may require taking some classes online.

Mail completed documents to

Graduate Admissions
Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903

Transcripts and test scores must be originals, official, or certified true copies by a university official. Official transcripts must be from an accredited institution and submitted in a sealed envelope with the appropriate university seal or signature.

Letters of recommendation and Statement of Purpose may be emailed or faxed to 401-598-4787.

International students, please review International Admissions Requirements for MBA and MS programs.

Non-degree/Extension Graduate Admission

In some cases students may wish to take a few graduate-level classes without matriculating into a JWU degree program. To be considered for Non-degree Admission, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. A completed graduate application for admission with the non-degree/extension program selected in the degree table.
  2. An official transcript from the college or university showing the applicant's bachelor's degree conferral.

Please note the following policies regarding non-degree enrollment at JWU:

Extension students (also called "non-degree" or "non-matriculating") are those who are not enrolled in a degree-earning program. These students register for courses on a space available basis.

If space is available, undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 21 credits and graduate students may register for a maximum of 3 graduate courses, excluding doctoral courses, without applying for degree status in an eligible program. Non-degree students attempting to satisfy prerequisite requirements for admissions into another JWU program may be permitted to register additional credits/courses. Undergraduate students not meeting prerequisite requirements for a course should contact Student Academic & Financial Services to discuss waiving the prerequisite. Graduate students must obtain permission from the dean to enroll in a course that requires a prerequisite that the student has not completed. 

Extension students are not eligible to receive federal, state or institutional financial aid and are subject to the Tuition and Fees policy. Students taking an undergraduate-level course will be charged Continuing Education rates and graduate-level courses will be charged graduate rates.

Students subsequently wishing to enroll in a degree program must apply through Admissions and will be subject to the university’s current admissions requirements. If accepted into a degree program, the student will follow the curriculum specified in the catalog at the time they are accepted and are responsible for all courses prescribed in that program, regardless of previously waived prerequisites. 

Accelerated Graduate Programs for Current JWU Students

Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/MBA Program

Through the Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/MBA Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree. Students may choose from any of these MBA programs and concentrations:

  • General MBA
  • MBA with Accounting concentration
  • MBA with Finance concentration
  • MBA with Hospitality concentration
  • MBA with Human Resource Management concentration
  • MBA with Information Technology concentration
  • MBA with Nonprofit Management concentration*
  • MBA with Sport Leadership concentration

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist Form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Master's box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. Personal reference forms may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of undergraduate foundation course equivalents with a grade of C or better: Accounting I and II, and Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Criminal Justice (MS) Program

Through the Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Criminal Justice (MS) program, students can take a few graduate-level courses online during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master’s degree in as little as 1 year. Students who are majoring in Criminal Justice as an undergraduate may pursue the Criminal Justice (MS) through the Accelerated Master's option. Courses at the graduate level in Criminal Justice (MS) are only offered online.

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Master's box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. A cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or higher

Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Finance (MS) Program

Through the Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Finance (MS) Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master's degree.

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Masters box under the Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study.
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate-level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of undergraduate foundation course equivalents with a grade of C or better: Accounting I and II, and Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Human Resource Management (MS) Program

Through the Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Human Resource Management (MS) Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master's degree.

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Masters box under the Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate-level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Information Security/Assurance (MS) Program

Through the Accelerated Master's (formerly known as 4+1) Bachelor's/Information Security/Assurance (MS) Program, students can take a few graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete their master's degree.

To be considered for admission into this JWU Accelerated Master's Program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the Accelerated Masters box under the Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate level study
  4. 2 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate-level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: MATH2001 and ITEC2081
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

BS/Addiction Counseling (MS) Program or BS/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) Program

Through the BS/Addiction Counseling (MS) program or the BS/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) program, students can take up to 3 graduate-level courses during their senior year at no additional charge, then continue on to complete the Addiction Counseling (MS) degree or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) degree in about 18 months. 

To be considered for admission to the BS/Addiction Counseling (MS) program or the BS/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) program, the following must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed Acknowledgement Checklist form
  2. A completed application for graduate admission, marking the BS/Addiction Counseling (MS) or BS/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS) box under Special Programs Selection section
  3. Statement of Purpose: an essay explaining your motivation, aptitude and goals related to graduate-level study
  4. 3 letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s potential for success at the graduate level of study. A personal reference form may be substituted for the recommendation letters.
  5. Current résumé or CV
  6. Completion of these undergraduate courses with a grade of C or better: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics or Research Methods
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  8. Personal interview

3+3 BS/JD Law Program

The 3+3 BS/JD Law Program allows JWU Criminal Justice, Liberal Studies and Political Science students who meet specified admissions criteria to earn a bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University and a juris doctor degree from Roger Williams University in 6 years. Qualified, accepted students may enroll in graduate-level law classes at Roger Williams University (Rhode Island) during their senior year at JWU, while fulfilling bachelor’s degree requirements simultaneously. Students may complete remaining graduate degree requirements in 2 additional years.

Any interested student must contact the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office to declare intent to pursue the 3+3 Law Program. Pre-law advising is required and a formal application to Roger Williams University’s Law School must be submitted before December 1 of the student's junior year at JWU.

For more information about program requirements, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences dean’s office at the Providence Campus.

EdD Program

To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must possess a master’s degree along with the minimum GPA and additional requirements stated in the table above; recommendation letters are also required.

Program Requirements

To satisfy program requirements and receive the EdD degree, each student must successfully

  1. Complete 60 credit hours (48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation work, which forms the basis for the dissertation).
  2. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.
  3. Maintain continuous enrollment, even during dissertation work.
  4. Successfully complete the comprehensive assessment.
  5. Submit a dissertation proposal within 18 months of completion of coursework.
  6. Complete all program requirements within 6 academic years from the initial date of matriculation.

Note: For a valid reason, the Educational Leadership program director may extend deadlines.

In addition, students must have a computer that connects through a high-speed internet connection. A hybrid method of teaching utilizes asynchronous instruction. All communication to students from the university will be conducted through the university email system, and students are required to use and check this account on a regular basis.

A student becomes an official candidate for the degree upon successfully completing all courses, passing the Comprehensive Assessment, and receiving formal approval of the dissertation proposal.

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's Program at Johnson & Wales University is designed for outstanding international students who have completed a 3-year bachelor’s degree in countries where the 3-year bachelor’s degree is considered the dominant degree in specific areas of study, and such degree does not equate to a 4-year US degree.

The program provides qualified 3-year degree holders the opportunity, through a Pre-Master's schedule of undergraduate courses, to equate their education to a 4-year US bachelor’s degree while fulfilling master's program prerequisites.

Students who successfully complete the Pre-Master's program with a GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 will enroll directly into their selected MBA or MS program.

Eligibility

The Pre-Master's Program is offered only at the Providence Campus.

Applicants to the Pre-Master's Program must hold a 3-year bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.

Candidates must successfully complete the English as a Second Language program prior to matriculation into the Pre-Master's Program if they do not submit a passing score on the language proficiency test as stated under the English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Procedure

Please refer to the International Graduate Admissions Requirements. Please note: Students accepted to the Pre-Master's Program cannot transfer to the MBA or MS program without first completing all Pre-Master's Program requirements.

Scholarship

Students who successfully complete the Pre-Master's Program with the required minimum 3.0 GPA needed to enter the MBA or MS program will receive a nonrenewable $2,000 scholarship awarded over the length of the MBA or MS program.

Course Requirements

This program requires that a minimum of 10 undergraduate courses be taken by the student at Johnson & Wales University. The courses generally take place on the Downcity Campus, through the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business.

Course substitutions of higher-level subjects and electives in a comparable discipline may be approved based on previous study, but no exemptions will be made which result in a reduced number of required courses. Course registration for Pre-Master's students will be done through Student Academic Services in the Student Services Center, located on the Downcity Campus.

Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

Accreditation Probation Statement

At its September 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Johnson & Wales University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. 

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn. 

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does not necessarily guarantee an interview or admission. Courses in advanced physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, statistics, organic chemistry and biochemistry are highly recommended.

Prerequisites may be in progress or planned at the time of application. A minimum 35 of the required 39 credits, including associated labs, must be completed by the end of December in order to be considered for the June start. All outstanding prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of May. Students accepted before all prerequisite coursework has been completed will be accepted on a provisional basis. Bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to June matriculation. Any in-progress or planned coursework will be requested as part of the application process. Acceptance will be conditional upon successful completion of prerequisites.

Review of an application may be delayed if the number of completed prerequisites is determined to be too few upon which to make a determination.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  • Biology, human or mammalian preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Chemistry, organic and biochemistry preferred, with labs (8 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology, human preferred, with labs (8 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite must have been completed within 7 years prior to matriculation (taken summer 2011 or more recently for June 2018 matriculation).
    • Prerequisite must include all body systems and be a full-year (2-semester sequence) or the equivalent, consisting of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of physiology with lab OR 8 credits of Anatomy and Physiology I and II (both with lab).
  • Courses devoted entirely to the study of the human species are preferred. Courses devoted to animal physiology, exercise physiology and/or comparative anatomy are not preferred.
  • Math, college algebra or equivalent (3 credits)
  • Psychology/sociology/behavioral science, psychology preferred (6 credits)
  • English (6 credits). Medical Terminology course will not fulfill the English requirement.

Physician Assistant Articulation Agreements

As the first accredited Physician Assistant program in the State of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University is dedicated to recruiting students from local colleges and universities through articulation agreements.

Recognizing the shortage of primary care providers in Rhode Island, these articulation agreements will create a bridge for students and assist us in educating area students who, upon graduation, will help Rhode Island meet the market demand for qualified healthcare providers.

Visit Articulation Agreements to view the full list for this program. 

Academic and Experiential Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States institution(s) at time of application or prior to matriculation
  • All prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited United States institution
  • The following academic criteria must be met: minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all completed biology, chemistry and physics courses.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, and preferably taken since June 2009. JWU’s designation code is 0468. An official record of that examination must be added to the student's application through CASPA. Preferred GRE scores are in the 50th percentile or better.
  • Transfer credits are not awarded to students.
  • There is no advanced placement.
  • No credit will be awarded to students for work experience.
  • Technical standards are required attributes necessary for entrance into, continuation within and graduation from the Physician Assistant Studies program at Johnson & Wales University. In addition, students may also be required to meet the technical standards of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program. Accepted students must sign a technical standards form and program agreement after acceptance and prior to matriculation into the program.

Experiential Requirements

  • A minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care in the United States and an allopathic or osteopathic medical setting. Learn more about the preferred types of direct experience.
  • To help students gain a clear understanding of the PA’s role on the medical team, we ask that students observe (or “shadow”) a PA in the field. Shadowing of PAs in more than 1 practice type is preferred. Students will be asked to record their experiences as part of the application process through CASPA; please note that they do not count toward direct patient care hours.
  • Computer experience is essential, as a significant portion of curricular material, assignments, evaluations and other materials will be exchanged using e-technology.