Physician Assistant Studies Graduate Program - Application Process

For Undergraduate Physician Assistant Studies, visit our Undergraduate PA page.

Application Process

We will begin accepting applications for 2016 via the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) on April 27, 2016.
*CASPA will collect and summarize all of the applicant's data - application form, transcripts, 3- letters of recommendation, and personal statement). Early application is highly recommended

Qualified students, as determined by CASPA applications, will be emailed a supplemental application. A $50.00 application fee is required to complete the submission of the supplemental application. Failure to submit the supplemental application within 2 weeks will negate your eligibility for an interview.

Requirements

  • 3.2 GPA  and 3.2 overall science GPA with a “C” or better in all prerequisite coursework
  • 400 hours of healthcare experience - please see our Patient Care Experience requirements
  • **If any courses, degree completion, or healthcare experience hours are in progress at the time of application, they must be completed by June 1st of the admission year. Documentation will need to be submitted as requested by the program. Applicants with less than 100 hours of patient care experience at time of application may not be considered for an interview
  • Interview
    • Interviews are by invitation only and are granted on a rolling basis based on completion date of application

**International Students should check the graduate admission page for additional requirements

Prerequisites

All prerequisite science courses must be completed within seven (7) years of application. Therefore, for the 2016 CASPA application cycle, courses taken prior to 2009 will not be accepted towards the requirements.

  • Two General Biology courses with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab or Biochemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Statistics* (3 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy**  (3 credits)
  • Human Physiology** (3 credits)

* Business Statistics will not be accepted.
**Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II will satisfy these requirements in lieu of separate courses. In addition, please know that we are not able to accept mammalian, vertebrate, exercise, or any other non-human coursework for these requirements.

Fair Practice in Admissions

The Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program has been designed to incorporate a diversity of student populations.  These include successful students from the University of the Sciences Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program as well as post-baccalaureate applicants.

Ideal composition of each 40 seat class will consist of a mix of post-baccalaureate students and Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program students.  To that end, preference will be given to eligible Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program students for up to fifty percent of existing seats.  Actual percentages will vary depending on the eligible number of pre-professional students.

Along with the University, the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that embraces differences.  University of the Sciences recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding, and as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity.  The University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or in violation of federal, state and local laws or executive orders.

Accreditation Provisional Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of the Sciences.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.