Our admissions and recruitment strategy reflects the mission of the Program and is aligned with school policy on fair admission practices.
The Program is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services and employment practices. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, such decisions will be made irrespective of the individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any other status protected by law. When necessary, the Program will reasonably accommodate an individual (including students) with disabilities if the educational program of the school and /or safely perform all essential functions, without undue hardship to the school and/or without altering fundamental aspects of its educational program.
The program offers some preference to the following groups:
We give some consideration to the background of the applicant and his or her suitability for successful completion of the program and to increase diversity in the student body. Additionally, in accordance with the history of the profession, we look favorably on veterans and those with significant clinical experience. We rely on thorough vetting of the applicant file via the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA), a subjective scoring system, and then a sequential interview process to select the most qualified applicants. Interviews will be conducted on various dates from February throughout May.
If an applicant scores very highly in the initial screening, he or she may be granted an early interview. Applicants who are granted an early interview are eligible to be offered one of a set number of seats allocated for early acceptance. To be considered for an early interview, complete applications must be submitted to CASPA by January 1.
Applicants not offered an early interview, who meet interview criteria will be interviewed as part of the general applicant pool. All complete applications received by the March 1 deadline will be considered for interview. Once all invited candidates have been interviewed, the Admission Committee will meet to make final admission decisions.
The PA Program does not offer advanced standing. To ensure that graduates of the PA Program will be adequately prepared for clinical practice, students are expected to participate in and satisfactorily complete all aspects of the didactic and clinical curriculum.
Our primary method of communication is email. Those applicants invited for an early interview and offered a seat in the class will be notified as soon as the admissions committee has decided to offer one of the early selection seats to the applicant. For the remainder of the applicants, the admissions committee will meet once all interviews have been completed to make selections for the remainder of the seats in the class. The Program will send an acceptance email and letter offering a position, or a position on the alternate list, for the incoming class. The Program will likewise notify those candidates who were not selected as soon as practical.
Classes are accepted once a year. Applicants not selected this cycle may reapply in the next application cycle. Applicants who have been in a previous class at the PA Program may apply for re-enrollment through the same process as other applicants unless conditions of dismissal from the prior class bar such action. All re-applicants will be required to submit a new application via CASPA including new evaluations and transcripts. Re-applicants are also required to interview again. All re-applicant strengths and weaknesses will be evaluated against those of other applicants in the current pool.