What is the application deadline?
June 15 is the application deadline for the graduate program with a program start date of January of the following year.
Do I have to complete all the prerequisite courses before I can apply?
No, you can still apply with courses in progress or pending. The admission committee prefers applicants to have no more than two missing courses upon file review.
Are prerequisite courses waived if I have a college degree?
No, you must have a bachelor’s degree for entry into the graduate program, including all of the required prerequisite coursework completed within the seven-year timeframe.
Are admissions tests required?
I have completed some of the courses in the curriculum. Can I jump ahead in the program?
No. All students begin and end the program as a cohort group.
I took the General Chemistry course but didn’t take the lab. Do I need to take it?
Yes, the laboratory component is required for the prerequisites courses as indicated.
I have a medical degree from another country. Am I granted an automatic interview and entry into the program?
No. Regardless of one’s background and previous education, all applicants are required to fill out the application and may or may not be granted an interview.
Do I have to job-shadow a physician assistant?
Yes, you are required to shadow a practicing PA for at least 30 hours. A note from the PA you shadowed (on office stationary or a prescription pad) should be included in your application stating how many hours you were present. You should not shadow a first degree relative.
What is "direct patient care"?
The best type of medical experience is direct patient care. Such experience involves hands-on care of patients as in positions such as nurse, nurse aid, EMT/paramedic, PT, PTA, OT, OTA, medical assistant, or CNA. In general, positions which have patient contact but are not considered as caring directly for the patient may include phlebotomist, medical technologist, transportation aide, radiology technicians, dietary aide, etc.
If employment in an above field is impractical for you, volunteering for a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, or doctor’s office would suffice. When volunteering, it is important that you are able to observe or participate in direct patient care.
A note on official office stationary should be handed in, and you should not be working with a first degree relative.
What is not "direct patient care?"
Jobs that do not include patient care, such as filing; working in the supply departments, gift shop, or medical records; being a cook, dishwasher, or secretary; medical transcribing, or working in a veterinary office.
What does the admissions committee look for in a competitive applicant?
We look for overall academic excellence, particularly in the sciences, recent coursework, a passion for and clear understanding of the PA profession, as well as patient care experience and PA job-shadowing hours.
What is the daily schedule like?
Students are expected to be in class Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., for 27 consecutive months. The program is full-time and not able to be done on a part-time basis.
Can I work and still attend the PA program?
Working is not suggested while in the program. This program is accelerated and very intense for the full 27 months.
Does the admissions committee accept on-line credit or credit from a two-year institution?
We accept credit from any regionally accredited two year institution. We accept online credit from a regionally accredited institution.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA).
What are the prerequisites required for admission to your program?
The following prerequisite courses must have been successfully completed:
- General Chemistry (8 credit hours)
- Biology (8 credit hours)
- College Algebra (3 credit hours) or higher level Math course
The following prerequisite courses must have been successfully completed within 7 years of enrollment:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credit hours)
- Microbiology (3 credit hours)
- Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
- Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
- Statistics (3 credit hours)
- When comparing prerequisites from other institutions the course description and course prerequisites should be equivalent to the prerequisite courses offered at Springfield College.