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The Physician Assistant Studies program at 91影视 endeavors to attract compassionate and intellectually curious applicants who will be mentored and educated to become exceptional Physician Assistants who practice collaboratively, thereby demonstrating professional excellence and social responsibility, while serving their communities.
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Program Location

What to Expect Studying at 91影视

91影视 healthcare programs share a common focus on compassionate care of patients and consideration for the whole person. We believe these are essential to becoming an effective leader in health care.

Greeting from the Physician Assistant Program Director

Upcoming Admissions Events

  • Feb 14 evening virtual information session 6-7pm
  • Feb 24 open house 9:30am-12

Commitment

The Physician Assistant Studies Program is a full-time, year-round professional program which can be completed in 26 months.

Curriculum

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Didactic Courses

Fall Semester I | 5 Courses | 15 Credits

PAS 501 - Anatomy (3)
PAS 504 - Physiology/Pathophysiology (3)
PAS 502 - Patient Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning I (3)
PAS 514 - Behavior Medicine I (2)
PAS 506 - Clinical Medicine I (4)

Winter Semester | 2 Courses | 4 Credits

PAS 515 - Evidence Based Medicine/Research Methods (2)
PAS 500 - Medical Law, Ethics, PA History (2)

Spring Semester | 5 Courses | 15 Credits

PAS 512 - Clinical Medicine II (6)
PAS 507 - Patient Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning II (2)
PAS 509 - Pharmacology I (3)
PAS 510 - Clinical Lab Medicine/Diagnostic Skills (2)
PAS 519 - Behavior Medicine II (2)

Summer Semester | 5 Courses | 11 Credits

PAS 511 - Pharmacology II (3)
PAS 530 - Clinical Specialty - Geriatrics (2)
PAS 517 - Clinical Specialty - Surgery/ICU (2)
PAS 513 - Clinical Skills - Procedures/Emergency Room (2)
PAS 503 - Public Health (2)

Fall Semester II | 5 Courses | 14 Credits

PAS 516 - Clinical Medicine III (6)
PAS 532 - Patient Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning III (2)
PAS 528 - Clinical Specialty - Reproductive-Male, Female/Genetics (3)
PAS 531 - Clinical Specialty - Pediatrics (2)
PAS 533 - Transition to Clinical Year (1)

Clinical Year Courses

Spring Semester | 3 Courses | 18 Credits

PAS 522 - Family Medicine Rotation (6)
PAS 520 - Internal Medicine Rotation (6)
PAS 521 - General Surgery Rotation (6)

Summer Semester | 3 Courses | 13 Credits

PAS 527 - Capstone I (1)
PAS 524 - Emergency Medicine Rotation (6)
PAS 523 - Women's Health Rotation (6)

Fall Semester | 6 Courses | 21 Credits

PAS 526 - Pediatric Rotation (6)
PAS 525 - Behavioral Health Rotation (6)
PAS 536 - Elective Rotation (6)
PAS 529 - Capstone II (1)
PAS 534 - Professional Seminar and Summative Evaluation (1)
PAS 535 - Transition to PA Practice (1)

91影视 PA Studies Credits

Total Didactic Year Credits = 59
Total Clinical Year Credits = 52
Total 91影视 PA Program Credits = 111

Successful Completion of all required curricular and administrative components of the 91影视 PA Studies Program will lead to the granting of a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Competencies

Medical Knowledge & Clinical/Technical Skills

Demonstrate knowledge of medical sciences and recognize the difference between normal and abnormal health states across the lifespan, including prenatal, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly.

  • Apply a fund of medical knowledge to the medical and surgical care of patients.
  • Implement interventions for the prevention of disease, health promotion, and health maintenance
  • Competently perform medical and surgical procedures expected of a practicing primary care Physician Assistant and educate patient regarding procedure, complications, and follow-up care.
  • Distinguish among acute, chronic, and emergent disease states.
  • Develop a problem-focused and comprehensive history and physical examination.
  • Develop treatment plans to include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.

Interpersonal Skills & Communication

  • Provide effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication to patients, families, and health care team members in a clear and concise manner.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families by utilizing patient-centered interpersonal skills that demonstrate mutual respect for each patient.
  • Develop respectful, working relationships that support effective interactions with all members of the health care team.

Professionalism

Demonstrate sincerity, honesty, and compassion while embracing a diverse patient population.

  • Incorporate ethical principles pertaining to confidentiality, patient autonomy, informed consent, and legal compliance.
  • Critique ongoing practice experience through self-reflection with a commitment to excellence, continued learning, and professional development.

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

Appropriately collaborate with other health discipline professionals to optimize the quality of patient care.

  • Engage the professional expertise of appropriate healthcare providers while coordinating patient care.
  • Effectively present patient information to collaborating physicians and other health care providers.

Clinical Reasoning & Problem-Solving Skills

  • Compile information acquired during patient encounters (history and physical exam findings) to formulate a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic disease.
  • Select, order, and interpret appropriate lab and diagnostic studies to aid in decision-making.
  • Formulate a diagnosis integrating clinical encounter (history and physical examination), results of diagnostic tests, social, and cultural aspects.
  • Engage in critical thinking, demonstrating problem-solving in clinical practice.

Patient-Centered Care

  • Incorporate patient safety strategies to reduce medical errors.
  • Present healthcare information in an organized and logical manner to guide patients in making informed decisions.
  • Support the unique needs of each patient, incorporating their individual preferences and cultural sensitivity in healthcare decisions.

Society & Population Health

  • Integrate knowledge of population and community health needs and disparities into clinical practice.
  • Describe how components of a complex health care system can impact patient care.

References

AAPA, PAEA, ARC-PA, NCCPA. Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession; 2005, rev. 2012. . Accessed April 2022.

Facione, P. A. (2015). Critical thinking: What it is and why it counts. (Research Report). Millbrae, CA: The California Academic Press. 

Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice; 2016 update. . Accessed April 2022.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Competencies for the physician assistant profession. Revised 2021.

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Core competencies for new physician assistant graduates. 2018. . Accessed April 2022.

Tuition & Fees

PA Program Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $694
Total Credits: 111
Total Program Tuition = $77,034

PA Program Student Fees

The following program fees support clinical and technical skills:

  • Standardized Patient Activities - $252
  • Professional Organization Memberships - $125
  • Mandatory Training Modules/In-Services - $440
  • Clinical Year LMS Fees (CORE/MyRT) - $286
  • Instructional Technology Resources - $1,024
  • Clinical Experience Fees - $400
  • PA Technology Support Fees - $150
  • Transition Course (Didactic to Clinical) - $99
  • PA Technical Skills Lab Fee - $150
  • Summative Assessment Fee - $80

Total Program Fees = $3,006

The total program cost for Physician Assistant Studies including tuition and fees is $80,040.

Additional Student Expenses 鈥 Equipment & Other Materials

Student Expenses: Equipment and Other Materials (Approximate Costs) Cost per student
Laptop or tablet (student buys) $1,000.00
Access Medicine $250.00
Short white lab coat $50.00
Student Medical Examination Equipment: 1,050.00
Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope  
Coaxial Ophthalmoscope  
Sphygmomanometer w/adult and child cuffs  
128Hz & 512Hz Tuning Forks  
Reflex Hammer-Taylor  
Pocket penlite  
EKG Caliper  
Ear Insufflator  
Metric Tape  
Skin marker (pencil eyeliner works well)  
2 vials of products to examine olfactory system  
Penlight  
Eye chart  
Name tags $ 12.00
Burgendy Scrubs (Student buys) $ 50.00
Personal Health Insurance Policy (approxmuate cost) $ 2,200.00
Professional Membership AAPA 2 yr. $ 75.00
Professional Membership MDAPA 2 yr. $ 50.00
Course HIPAA $ 25.00
Course OSHA $ 13.00
AHA BLS $ 45.00
AHA ACLS $ 170.00
PAEA Exam Suite  
CORE ELMS (SCPE Experience Documentation) $ 500.00
Projected cost of a SUMM Assessment $ 520.00
PANCE Board review $ 500.00
Program Completion Ceremony $ 250.00
Long White Coats $ 30.00
   
TOTAL (Approximate Cost) $ 6,790.00

Room & Board Expenses

PA students who wish to live on campus should plan for additional expenses for room and board. Please note, access to campus housing is on a first-come, first served basis, with preference given to undergraduate students.

Estimated Annual Room & Board Costs

Board (annual): $10,920
Meal Plan: $5,150

Refund Information

Please Note:  Fees paid by applicants to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) are not included in 91影视鈥檚 refund policy.

Once awarded Accreditation 鈥 Provisional status, the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program will follow all 91影视 policies and procedures regarding refunds.

ARC-PA Student Attrition Template

 

Technical Standards & Immunization Requirements

Physical Capacities

The 91影视 Physician Assistant student must possess the following physical capacities, with or without accommodations:

General Abilities

Adequate functioning of the senses of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and/or touch.  Each candidate鈥檚 and student鈥檚 senses must be keen enough to allow for gathering, integrating and analyzing data obtained during physical examinations, and in a consistent and reproducible manner.

Additionally, candidates and students must possess the ability to feel temperature differences, pain, pressure, vibration and movement.  The ability to gather and analyze such information must be accurate when compared to accepted physical examination standards, and physical findings confirmed by experienced clinicians.

Finally, sufficient emotional health and stability is required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities.

Perform Motor Tasks

Students must possess sufficient fine and gross motor control to effectively conduct inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation activities, all of which are required to complete a physical examination.

Additionally, all students must possess stable equilibrium, postural control, good motor function, and sound motor coordination, as is necessary for satisfactory performance in patient care and classroom or laboratory settings, including handling surgical instruments and providing routine and emergent medical procedures.

Students must also possess sufficient mental and physical stamina to meet the demands associated with extended periods of sitting, standing, moving, lifting, and physical exertion required for satisfactory performance in patient care, clinical education,  and classroom or laboratory settings..  

Cognitive Capacities

The Physician Assistant student must possess the following cognitive capacities:

Communicate

Communicate coherently and effectively with persons of any cultural and social background using appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills with faculty, peers, other members of the health care team, and patients/clients/caregivers.

Read, write, and interpret written and nonverbal communication in a timely manner at a competency level that allows one to safely function in the academic or clinical setting.

Answer calls, make calls, and communicate needs on a telephone.

Maintain Safety

Maintain a safe environment for students, faculty, patients, and colleagues. Recognize and respond appropriately and in a timely manner to a medical emergency. 

Observation

Students must be able to accurately observe, through vision, hearing, tactile sensation, and/or smell, a patient鈥檚 physical and emotional condition, as a means to differentiate between states of good health, acute illness or injury, and chronic illness.

Cognitively Process

Receive, remember, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize information from multiple sources, in a timely fashion.

Attend to multiple tasks throughout the day of scheduled classes and clinical education experiences.

Organize and prioritize information to make safe, appropriate, and timely decisions regarding patients for the purpose of further examination, intervention, or referral.

Problem solve, recognize deviations from a norm, formulate evaluations, and derive clinical judgments from information collected, in a timely fashion.

Observe and accurately interpret patient responses and adjust examination and/or intervention as indicated by the patient response. 

Demonstrate Professional & Social Behavior

Students must demonstrate the emotional health and stability that is required to persevere in spite of longs hours of classroom instruction, challenging laboratory settings, unsettling patient care experiences, differences of opinion with peers and instructors, and personal sacrifice.  They must demonstrate the flexibility and personal resolve that is necessary to endure long hours of physical and intellectual stress, without demonstration of adverse behavior, while working with multiple patients/families and colleagues at the same time.

Students must be able to engage with lab partners, patients, families, and others under stressful conditions, including but not limited to medically or emotionally unstable individuals, situations requiring rapid adaptations, the provision of CPR, or other emergency interventions.

Organization and prioritization of multiple tasks, integrating information, and making intuitive decisions will be required. PA students are expected to adherence to the 鈥溾, established by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Applicants & Students with Disabilities

91影视 is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and equal access to its programs and services for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Refer to the 91影视 Office of Accessibility & Health Promotion for more information.


HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION DOCUMENTATION & STUDENT RECORDS

ARC-PA STANDARD A3.07(a,b) The program must define, publish, make readily available and consistently apply:

a) a policy on immunization and health screening of students. Such policy must be based on then current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for health professionals and state specific mandates.

And

b) written travel health policies based on then current CDC recommendations for international travel for programs offering elective international curricular components. (Please Note: As the 91影视 PA Studies Program does not offer or support any curricular components that involve international travel, the program does not have a travel health policy.

        a.) Student Health and Immunization Policy

The Notre Dame of Maryland Physician Assistant Studies Program is committed to the safety, health, and welfare of our faculty, staff, PA students, and the community we serve. Students, faculty, and staff in the health sciences discipline are vulnerable to communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and polio. Those faculty and students also have the potential of being infected with hepatitis, HIV, or other viruses. These diseases are susceptible to control by appropriate immunizations.  Therefore, based on the Centers for Disease Control Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers most recent guidelines; the 91影视 PA program has developed the following policy to ensure everyone鈥檚 health, safety, and welfare.

Required Immunizations:

Immunization requirements are based on the most current standards set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for healthcare workers.

DEFINITIONS:

Immunization 鈥 A process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. This term is often used interchangeably with vaccination or inoculation.

鈥             Influenza-Dose of influenza vaccination all matriculated students MUST present evidence of the following on an annual basis between October 1-October 16 during their tenure with the program.

鈥             Hepatitis B If you don鈥檛 have documented evidence of a complete hep B vaccine series, or if you don鈥檛 have a blood test that shows you are immune to hepatitis B (i.e., no longer evidence of immunity or prior vaccination) then you should

鈥             Get a 3-dose series of Recombivax HB or Energix-B (dose #1 now, #2 in 1 month, #3 approximately 5 months after #2) or a 2-dose series of Heplisav-B, with the doses separated by at least 4 weeks.

鈥             Get an anti-HBs serologic test 1-2 months after the final dose.

鈥             MMR (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella) If you were born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or if you don鈥檛 have a blood test that shows you are immune to measles or mumps (i.e., no serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination), get 2 doses of MMR (1 dose now and the 2nd dose at least 28 days later). If you were born in 1957 or later and have not had the MMR vaccine, or if you don鈥檛 have a blood test that shows you are immune to rubella, only one dose of MMR is recommended. However, you may end up receiving 2 doses, because the rubella component is in the combination vaccine with measles and mumps.

鈥             Varicella (Chicken Pox) If you have not had chickenpox (varicella), if you haven鈥檛 had varicella vaccine, or if you don鈥檛 have a blood test that shows you are immune to varicella (i.e., no serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccination) get 2 doses of varicella vaccine, 4 weeks apart.

鈥             Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) Get a one-time dose of Tdap as soon as possible if you have not received Tdap previously (regardless of when the previous dose of Td was received). Get either a Td or Tdap booster shot every 10 years thereafter.

Pregnant students need to get Tdap during pregnancy.

鈥             Meningococcal Vaccination Recommended for those who are routinely exposed to isolates of N. meningitidis per CDC recommendations. Not required by the program but may be required at some clinical sites.

鈥             Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Documented evidence from a medical practitioner of negative two-step PPD testing and, if needed, negative Chest X-ray results if PPD positive, or evidence of contraindication.* Following the initial two-step PPD, one-step PPD is required annually.

鈥             COVID-19 Vaccination Documented evidence of two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), or a single shot of the Johnson and Johnson is required. 

鈥             Tuberculin skin testing and influenza (flu) vaccination is required annually for matriculated students

鈥             Vaccines are mandatory (with exceptions only for medical reasons) before matriculation with documentation provided.

*Contraindications to the above will be considered on a case-by-case basis, only with documentation from a medical provider, and must be discussed prior to matriculation. Personal/religious reasons for declining immunizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be discussed prior to matriculation.  It is important to understand that participating in some clinical experiences may be prohibited from some institutions/practices without the completion of immunization requirements.  

Health Requirements:

Required Drug Screen and background check:

                All students who have been offered conditional acceptance must successfully pass a chain of custody drug screen and national background check within one month of matriculating into the program.

                All matriculated students must complete and successfully pass the second chain of custody drug screen upon completion of the didactic phase prior to entering the clinical phase of the program.

                Some clinical sites may require the completion of additional background checks, fingerprinting, and drug screens to participate in the clinical rotation.

                Background checks and drug screens must be completed via the program-identified vender.

Students are responsible for all expenses related to background checks, fingerprinting, and drug screens.              

Required Physical Examination:

                 A comprehensive physical examination by a licensed medical provider (DO, MD, PA, or NP) must be completed indicating that the conditionally accepted applicant is appropriately screened for TB, current on all immunization requirements, and has been medically cleared for admission.

Students are financially responsible for the cost of all health care services they may require while enrolled in the program, including any health care services required as a result of their participation in scheduled program activities (TB testing, treatment of injuries, pathogen exposure evaluation and treatment).

Facilities and hospitals often require additional immunizations and titers which students must obtain prior to starting rotations at those sites. Information regarding these additional requirements will be given to students prior to starting rotations and they will be financially responsible.

Failure to comply with the Immunization Policy for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies or any additional immunizations and titers for SCPE鈥檚 will result in the inability to enter, continue with, or complete the program.

The program will maintain the immunization records of all matriculated students through a HIPAA-compliant secure cloud-based management system. The Director of Clinical Medicine will review the records upon admission into the program and annually. The Director of Clinical Medicine will also continually review the Centers for Disease Control Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers guidelines and recommendations for updates.

*Policy subject to change at any time in order to comply with ARC-PA standards, 91影视, and Hospital policies.  The 91影视 Department of PA Studies will make every attempt to notify its students of these changes in a timely manner

b.) (As the 91影视 PAS Program does not offer or support any curricular components that involve international travel, the program does not possess a travel health policy.)

References

1 CDC. Immunization of Health-Care Personnel: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR, 2011; 60(RR-7).

2 CDC. Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. MMWR, 2018; 67(RR1):1鈥30.

3 IAC. Pre-exposure Management for Healthcare Personnel with a Documented Hepatitis B Vaccine Series Who Have Not Had Post-vaccination Serologic Testing. Accessed at www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2108.pdf.

Admission Requirements

Introduction - Physician Assistant Studies Program Admission Process

Included below is information pertaining to the admission requirements and process for the 91影视 (91影视) Physician Assistant Studies Program. The information will be presented in three distinct sections 鈥 Admission Requirements & Process, Technical Standards, and Frequently Asked Questions.  If you apply for the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program, please review all of this information carefully and proceed by applying through , which is provided below.

PLEASE NOTE: We will begin accepting applications through CASPA in July 2023 for the cohort that will begin in fall 2024 (pending ARC PA approval).  We will continue to accept applications until all seats are filled.

Admission Requirements & Process

The 91影视 PA Studies Program gives preference to applicants who have completed the following requirements upon submission of their application:

  • Fully completed undergraduate or graduate degree, prior to application
  • Higher completed degree GPAs
  • Fully completed prerequisite courses
  • Higher prerequisite course grades and prerequisite GPA
  • Prerequisite courses completed within the last 8 years
  • A minimum of 500 hours of patient care experience (more hours are most favorable)
  • A minimum of 40 hours of Physician Assistant shadowing (more hours are most favorable)
  • Two or more letters of recommendation with a rating of 鈥淩ecommend鈥 or 鈥淗ighly Recommend鈥
  • Being an 91影视 alumni is also favored (but will not exclude graduates from other colleges and universities in the application process)

The following requirements apply to each applicant who is seeking to enter the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program.  Please carefully review all information that is presented in this section to guide you in determining your eligibility for admission.  The requirements are non-negotiable. 

All applicants should understand that the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program will adhere to a rolling-admission process.  This means that an applicant who applies early during the allowed submission time period and who holds a completed bachelor鈥檚 degree, who has met, at the least, all minimum requirements to qualify for an interview, and who has a successful interview will be offered acceptance into the 91影视 PA Program.  Applications will be reviewed until all seats (as allowed by ARC-PA accreditation requirements) have been offered and accepted.  (Applicants may be offered a position on the 91影视 PA Studies Program鈥檚 waiting list. If an applicant agrees to accept a position on the waiting list, they may be offered a formal seat within the 91影视 PA Studies Program at a future date, prior to the date of matriculation of the next scheduled cohort.)     

The 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program matriculated its inaugural cohort in October 2023. The 91影视鈥檚 Physician Assistant Studies Program will matriculate its second cohort on August 26, 2024.        

I. Completed Degree(s): (Applicants May Satisfy the Requirement for a Completed Degree by Either of the Following Two Mechanisms)

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree (from a regionally accredited college or university).  The degree must be fully completed prior to matriculation.  Applicants who have not completed their degree are not eligible for matriculation into the PA program.

    Applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree (or graduate degree) within the United States must present an official transcript which demonstrates a specific and distinct grade for each course and an overall (cumulative) GPA.  (If a grade is listed as Pass / Fail, a 鈥淧ass鈥 will be considered as equivalent to a 鈥淐鈥 and a 鈥淔ail鈥 will be considered an 鈥淔鈥).

OR

  • Applicants who intend to use foreign educational experiences and degrees (those obtained outside of the United States), must have their higher education record, including all course work and completed degree(s), evaluated by World Education Services (WES).  In addition, the evaluation of any foreign transcript(s) must result in verification of the equivalent of a fully completed bachelor鈥檚 degree, or higher, as compared to United States educational system standards.  Each course that is evaluated must also be assigned a specific grade.  (If a grade is listed as Pass / Fail, a 鈥淧ass鈥 will be considered as equivalent to a 鈥淐鈥 and a 鈥淔ail鈥 will be considered an 鈥淔鈥).

    Applicants who have not completed a bachelor鈥檚 degree or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States must complete a TOEFL evaluation.  To be eligible for entry into the PA program, such applicants must attain a minimum score of 20 in each TOEFL category (Reading / Listening / Speaking / Writing).  Please refer to the following web site for more information regarding TOEFL

  • 鈥淗olistic鈥 or qualitative transcripts (those without grades assigned to each course and / or without an overall GPA) will be considered as invalid for the purpose of acceptance into the 91影视 PA Program.

Addition Information for All Applicants:

  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor鈥檚 degree from any regionally accredited college or university are encouraged to apply.   The 91影视 PA Program does not require an applicant to hold an undergraduate degree from 91影视 to be eligible for admission.  Each application that is evaluated will be reviewed in an equitable and unbiased manner, utilizing the PA program evaluation tools that will be utilized to evaluate all applications.

  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor or master鈥檚 degree through 91影视 will be advantaged in the scoring of their initial application materials by an automatic addition of a specified number of admission criteria points.  As a result, 91影视 graduates who apply to the PA Program will have an increased chance of being offered an interview.  However, the outcomes of the interview and overall final assessment of each applicant will determine if that individual is a 鈥渞ight-fit鈥 candidate for the 91影视 PA Studies Program.  An individual applicant will receive this advantage for being an 91影视 graduate  This advantage equates to approximately a 5% increase in the academic (pre-interview) score.  

II. Academic Performance Standards & Required Prerequisites: Minimum Academic Requirements to Qualify for an Interview:

Completed degree GPA = 3.0 (Scoring will be assigned on a graduated scale; higher overall GPAs will receive higher scores.)  (NOTE:  We do not impose an age limit for the completed degree that will be submitted with the application.)

  • Prerequisite Courses GPA = 3.0 (This will include all prerequisite courses completed by an applicant. Scoring will be assigned on a graduated scale; higher GPAs will receive higher rankings.  The determination of the prerequisite GPA will include all prerequisite courses completed by an applicant.)
  • Prerequisite Courses = All courses, including medical terminology, must have an associated grade. Pass / fail grading will not be accepted.  Grades less than a 鈥淏鈥 are not acceptable and will result in an applicant being disqualified for that application cycle.  Applicants may repeat prerequisite courses for grade improvement. Prerequisite GPAs will include ALL prerequisite courses taken, including the initial courses and those taken for grade improvement. (NOTE: All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 8 years.  Any prerequisite course that is older than 8 years will not satisfy our requirement for that prerequisite.)

Required Prerequisite Courses are as follows:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits; face to face lab required)
  2. Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits; face to face lab required)
  3. Microbiology (3 credits; face to face lab required)
  4. Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (3 credits; lab not required)
  5. Psychology (3 Credits)
  6. Statistics (3 or 4 credits)
  7. Med Term (2 or 3 credits) 

Recommended Prerequisite Courses are as follows:

  1. genetics (3 or 4 credits)

III. Patient Care Experience and Physician Assistant Shadowing: Completion of a minimum of 500 hours of (acceptable) patient care experience.  All patient care experience must be logged and substantiated by signed attestation of a supervising health professional who acted as your mentor. The mentor(s) must sign your completed patient care hours document, by hand, before you upload such documents into your CASPA application.

(Note: Direct Patient Care Experience May Occur with any of the following healthcare professionals: Addiction Counselor; Cardiovascular Technologist; Dentist; Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant; Pharmacist; Chiropractor; Corpsman/ Medic / IDC; Forensic Pathologist; IMG with US Healthcare System Exp; RN; CRNP; Osteopathic Physician; Medical Doctor; Optician鈥 Optometrist; Paramedic AAS; Physical Therapist; Podiatrist; Anesthesia Tech; Cardiovascular Tech; Athletic Trainer; ER Tech; Surgical Tech; OT; COTA; PT; PTA; EMT; LPN; MA; Phlebotomist; CAN; PT or OT Tech; Pharm Tech; SLP; Respiratory Therapist; Licensed Social Worker; Diagnostic Imaging Technologist; Medical Scribe.)

PA Shadowing: "Shadowed" Physician Assistants must sign off on your hours to verify and validate the total Shadowed Hours submitted. Please clearly identify these documents as 鈥淧A Shadowing鈥 and compile the signed forms into a single file and upload into the CASPA Portal, as directed within the CASPA portal. (A minimum of 40 Shadowing Hours is required.)

Physician Assistant Studies Direct Patient Care Hours Record or PA Shadowing Hours Record

All completed (hand signed) DOCUMENTATION of DIRECT PATIENT CARE and PA SHADOWING EXPERIENCE(s) must be upload through CASPA and included with your CASPA application.

IV. Personal Statement: An auto-biographical statement in which the applicant clearly and concisely addresses the following: What unique skills or attributes do you possess that will contribute to you becoming a collaborative, socially responsible Physician Assistant? Please provide real-world examples to support your answer.   

(Upload this document through CASPA; it should not exceed one page, double spaced with correct grammar, syntax, and spelling 鈥 size 11 or larger font.)

V. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation with at least one, preferably two letter(s) being provided by a Physician Assistant.  Additional letter(s) of recommendation may be from a licensed Physician, Physician Assistant or other licensed healthcare provider. Letters of recommendation from three Physician Assistants is preferred.             

VI. Interviews: If, after review and scoring of all (pre-interview) requirements, an applicant is determined to be eligible for an interview, he or she will be contacted and notified of any need to complete additional documents and/or a supplemental application, prior to being assigned an interview appointment.

VII. Interview Day: Applicants who are offered an interview must be present on their assigned 
interview day.  If not, an offer for an interview may be withdrawn. (Note: The 91影视 PA Studies program intends to host in-person interviews on the 91影视 campus. However, the 91影视 PA Studies Program reserves the right to conduct interviews via virtual means if/when the 91影视 PA Program deems it is necessary to do so.)

VIII. Acceptance into Program: Each applicant who achieves an evaluation score (combined pre-interview 
and interview evaluation assessments) that meets 91影视 PA Studies Program standards for admission will be contacted within a reasonable period of time, via e-mail, with a formal offer of acceptance into the 91影视 PA Studies Program.   

Next steps, deposits required to hold a seat, outstanding admission requirements, and additional information regarding matriculation will be provided after acceptance.

IX. 91影视 鈥 Graduate Admission Requirements: All students who are accepted into the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program must also meet and comply with 91影视鈥檚 requirements for admission into graduate programs.  These requirements may be found through the following web address: /grad-prof-studies/admissions-aid/what-we-look-for

Admission Process Frequently Asked Questions


ARC-PA STANDARD A3.03 The program must define, publish, make readily available, and consistently apply a policy for prospective and enrolled students that they must not be required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

The 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program has a policy that prohibits prospective and enrolled students from being required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. The PA Program faculty and staff are responsible for obtaining and securing clinical sites and preceptors sufficient in number and quality to meet the educational needs of all of the program鈥檚 students.     

ARC PA STANDARD A3.05(a,b) The Program must define, publish, make readily available, and consistently apply a policy that PA students must not substitute for or function as:

a) Instructional Faculty

b) clinical or administrative staff 

91影视 PAS Policy: a) Regardless of a PAS student鈥檚 background, former education, or credentials previously obtained, No PAS Student enrolled in the 91影视 PA Studies Program will act as or substitute for an instructional faculty member within the 91影视 PA Studies program. b) no actively enrolled PA student may substitute for or function as a clinical or administrative staff member within or on behalf of the 91影视 PA Studies Program or at an affiliated clinical site at which that student is participating in a clinical experience.

Physician Assistant Program Goals

GOAL I : Educate and mentor Physician Assistant students to value and demonstrate inclusive behaviors in the delivery of healthcare.

GOAL II: Prepare PA graduates who possess the medical knowledge and skills necessary for entry into clinical practice.

GOAL III: Promote a culture of social responsibility within each cohort by serving local communities.

GOAL IV: Retain and graduate at least 94% of all matriculated students in each cohort.

GOAL V: Each 91影视 PA Studies cohort will achieve a first-time taker PANCE Passage rate equal to or greater than the first-time taker PANCE National first-time taker passage rate for the same cohort year.

GOAL VI: The 91影视 PA Program strives to create a welcoming culture with the goal of advancing the retention of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds; the 91影视 PAS team will initiate a mentorship program for new faculty and staff members, thereby demonstrating value for each new PAS team member.

91影视 PA GOALS (Results)

Admission Process Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply

Apply May 1 for 2025 *

The 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies program starts a new cohort each fall and adheres to a rolling admission process. Applicants may apply for the next cohort through the .

Program Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the 91影视 Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by 91影视.

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鈥檚 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.

The program鈥檚 accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at 

Additional Information

Faculty
  • Medical Director
  • Director of Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program (Developing)
  • Administrative Coordinator for Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Principal Faculty, Assistant Professor
  • Didactic Director, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Clinical Director/Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies Program