Step 1: Review the admission requirements, technical standards, and policies and procedures
Applicants will not be considered for an interview if they do not meet all of the requirements.
Step 2: Apply to the PA Program
Applications for the cohort of students to begin in January 2021 will be accepted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) beginning April 30, 2020.
Application deadline: September 1 with “Completed” status.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application and supporting documents are submitted directly to CASPA by the deadline. Application materials sent directly to the program will not be accepted.
- Applications will not be considered if the application is not designated as “Complete” by CASPA prior to the deadline. Application, payments, transcripts, and at least two letters of reference must be received by 11:59 pm ET on the deadline date. To ensure items arrive on time, try to send all documents to CASPA several weeks before the deadline.
- The PA program conducts rolling admissions and it is possible that all interview slots may be filled prior to the application deadline. For this reason, it is recommended that applicants submit early in the application cycle.
Step 3: On-campus interviews
Each completed and verified application is reviewed by the PA Program admission’s committee to evaluate a student’s qualifications for admission. Preference for interview invitation is given to students with higher GPAs (cumulative, BCP, junior, senior, post-bacc), more patient care hours, quality of the patient care hours (more clinical decision making), PA shadowing, higher quality personal statements, stronger references, stronger mission match, and presence of special consideration criteria. Qualified applicants are invited to an on-campus interview which will assess knowledge of the PA profession, communication and interpersonal skills, and commitment to the mission of the PA program.
Step 4: Admission decisions
At the end of each interview session, applicants will be notified of admission decisions (accept, wait-list, denial) within 2 weeks of their on-campus interview. The PA program admits on a rolling basis. Preference for admission to the program is given to interviewed applicants that best demonstrate knowledge of the PA profession, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to the mission of the PA program.
Step 5: Pay your deposit
Accepted students will have 2-3 weeks to accept or decline the offer. Upon acceptance of an offer, a $1000 non-refundable enrollment deposit must be made to hold the applicant’s spot in the class. The total deposit will be applied to the first semester tuition once the student matriculates.
Step 6: Prior to matriculation
- Obtain a physical exam and provide documented proof of program and college required immunizations. Program required immunizations are based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for health professionals (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html).
- Submit to a criminal background check through the agency selected by the PA program as required by clinical training sites and state licensing boards. Students will be subject to drug screens as required by clinical training sites. Cost of both of these screenings are the responsibility of the student and paid directly to the agency providing the screening.
- Provide documentation of current certification for American Heart Association (or equivalent) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers.