Students in the Physician Assistant Program will be selected from candidates
submitting complete applications with all required supporting material to the Office
of Admissions (for BS/MS Program) or through the
Central Application Service for Physician
Assistants (CASPA for MS Program). A variety of criteria are used by the Physician
Assistant Admissions Committee in making admission decisions. These can include:
a) previous college: cumulative grades and science course grades. The average
applicant accepted for admission into the PA Program has had a combined undergraduate
cumulative grade point average (GPA) above 3.3. Applicants with combined undergraduate
GPAs of lower than 3.0 may not be screened for an interview.
b) (Freshmen admission applicants only)high school: cumulative grades and science
course grades & college entrance exam scores - SAT or ACT
c) MS Graduate Program applicant - GRE
d) academic patterns such as most recent academic performance, credit load, withdrawals,
and incomplete courses.
- Health care or human service experience with consideration to
type and duration. This can include both paid and volunteer experience.
- A personal essay which examines written communication skills,
knowledge of the PA profession, and motivation for the profession.
- Three (3) letters of reference that examine the applicant's
abilities, communication skills, motivation, interpersonal skills,
and emotional maturity.
- The amount of prerequisite coursework the applicant has left
to complete along with the applicant's plan for completion of these
- A personal interview. The most qualified applicants from the
general applicant pool are invited to the University to meet with
faculty members and PA students. This interview attempts to ascertain
an applicant's knowledge of the profession, motivation for pursuing
a PA career, interpersonal and oral communication skills, compassion,
problem-solving abilities, preparation for the educational experience,
and dedication to serving the underserved. Freshman admission applicants
are generally interviewed by telephone.
- The backgrounds and experiences of our applicants. The members
of the Admissions Committee believe that enrollment of students
with diverse cultural, geographic, academic, and occupational backgrounds
enriches the learning experience and helps in sensitizing PA students
to unique characteristics of diverse patient populations they will
work with as health care providers.
- International Students must submit TOEFL test scores. A minimum
score of 213 (on the computer-based test) is required.
Philadelphia University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Institution.