Admissions


Admissions

Please Note: As of October 1, 2017, the 2017/2018 admission cycle will close for the USJ PA Studies Class of 2020. We will begin accepting applications for the 2018/2019 application cycle when CASPA opens at the end of April 2018.

Completion of the following items are required of all students who wish to apply to the USJ PA Studies Program:

  • CASPA application
    • Including 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • USJ CASPA Supplemental Application
  • Payment of $50 supplemental application fee
  • Documentation of a minimum of 250 hours in any combination of the following areas, within the last 5 years:
    • Volunteer work
    • Clinical research
    • Paid or volunteer patient care experience
    • Health care provider shadowing

Download required hours verification form.

Prerequisites

Please note that admission to the PA Studies Program is competitive. Meeting the requirements noted below does not guarantee an interview or admission.

Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite courses:

CourseworkSemester Credit Hours
Biology with Lab 8
Chemistry with Lab 8
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 8
Organic Chemistry with Lab or Biochemistry 4/3
Microbiology 3
Statistics 3
Psychology 3

 

For each of the above courses:

  • Grade of “C” or better
    • AP Scores of 4 or 5 will be counted for completion of a course, but will not be factored into GPA calculations
  • Completed at a regionally accredited US institution
  • Cumulative prerequisite 3.0 GPA at the time of application
  • Students with no more than 2 outstanding prerequisite course requirements are eligible to apply
  • All coursework must be satisfactorily completed by Dec. 22 of the year preceding matriculation
  • All coursework must have been completed within 7 years of matriculation (Waivers may be granted after faculty consideration, on a case by case basis. To request a waiver, download and submit this form.)

Additional requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree (no preferred major) completed by Dec. 22 of the year preceding matriculation
  • Cumulative overall 3.0 GPA at the time of application as noted in the "CASPA Overall GPA" calculation
  • Ability to meet Program Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation as described by the ADA
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check and urine drug screen, if admitted
  • Review of the program immunization and health requirements required before application

International Applicants

All applicants who have earned a degree from a non-US institution must meet all of the above admission requirements. They must also submit proof of the following:

  • A course-by-course foreign transcript and degree evaluation
  • Official TOEFL scores, from within the last 2 years, with a score of at least 100 (internet based)

Applicant Scoring

ComponentPoints
Overall Cumulative GPA 10
Pre-Requisites GPA 10
CASPA Application Review 30
Interviews* 30
Group Activity* 15
Essay* 5
Total 100

*These activities are part of an on-campus interview, by invitation only.

Preference

Applicants meeting the above requirements and who have earned a degree at USJ or currently enrolled students who have completed a minimum of 60 credits at USJ will be guaranteed an interview opportunity. However, no additional points will be added to their admissions scoring.

This preference extends to only one application cycle. To qualify for an interview in a subsequent application cycle, candidates must apply and qualify similarly to all other applicants.

The USJ PA Studies Program will utilize a rolling admissions process. As such, there is a competitive advantage to submission of verified application as early as possible in the application cycle.

Advanced placement

The USJ PA Studies Program does not grant advance placement/standing within the program curriculum based upon previous coursework or educational/work experience.

Technical Standards

Applicants to the USJ PA Studies Program will be required to acknowledge that they have read the technical standards prior to submitting their application.