Physician Assistant Studies Program FAQs
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Upon the successful completion of the 27 month continuous program, graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree.
Yes, the School of Physician Assistant Studies has been graduating successful clinicians since 1999. The School is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through September 2016. Graduates from an ARC-PA accredited program are eligible to take the national Physician Assistant certification examination.
A Bachelor's Degree is not required, but is more competitive if obtained prior to matriculation. You can find more information here. The program places no preference on type or major of the degree, but an emphasis is placed on the applicant's academic record in the prerequisite courses and the sciences. Consideration is also given to the last 45 hours of college course work.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Admission Office directly to discuss their individual plan in this area.
A minimum of 1,000 hours of direct (hands-on) patient care/health care experience in a position of responsibility is required of all applicants. Shadow experience with a Physician Assistant may count towards the requirement, but will not fulfill the requirement completely.
Please note: The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated "at the time" you submit your CASPA application.
No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.
If you have questions regarding your hours, please contact Leah Pelto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The method to document this experience is through the CASPA online application.
Yes, you must have completed at least 1000 hours of direct patient care experience when your application is submitted. The committee will not accept hours projected for the future.
We recommend completing and submitting the prerequisite worksheet with a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) for review by the Graduate Admissions Counselor for the program. The prerequisite worksheet can be downloaded and printed.
Anatomy and Physiology courses must have been completed within 7 years of matriculation. Other course work and degree completion has no limitation. We ask applicants to use their best judgment in ensuring their ability to understand the foundational concepts of biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and statistics in preparation for the program. In addition to the required courses, students are encouraged to learn Spanish and to take medical terminology.
No, our program does not require either test to apply. While the CASPA application will allow applicants to submit test scores, the Admissions Committee does not consider this information within its evaluation of your application.
Yes, the Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics (BCP) GPA and the Last 45 Credit GPA must be above a 2.75 to be eligible.
Pacific focuses on two main GPA’s, the Science BCP GPA and the Last 45 Credits GPA. For both, the average is usually around a 3.50 to 3.60. Check our class profile for more information.
Pacific University is a private liberal arts institution which does not require in-state residence or hold a preference for in-state candidates. Our tuition fees are the same for all applicants, in-state or out-of-state. *International students must obtain a valid and current F-1 visa or have permanent residency in the United States to apply to our program.
We require all international students to obtain a valid and current F-1 visa or have permanent residency in the United States to apply to our program. In addition, all international based education must be evaluated by either the World Education Services, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute or the Education Credential Evaluators. In addition, all international students must provide official TOEFL exam documentation. A minimum paper-based test score of 600 or an internet-based test score of 100 is required. International applicants whose primary language is not English will need to demonstrate an acceptable level of writing, speaking, spelling and comprehension in the English language to be admitted into the program.
We recommend completing a FAFSA application starting January 1 for the academic year you intend to enroll in our program. The FAFSA application can be completed at the FAFSA website. Pacific University is a participant in the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) which provides subsidized and unsubsidized loans to students based on need. Pacific's Financial Aid Pages explain what we offer in more detail.
In addition, the Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies program offers a competitive Community Service Scholarship to four incoming students each year.
The Pacific University Division of Student Life provides an E-Classifieds listing of housing opportunities for all students of Pacific University. Our graduate students generally reside in off-campus housing within Hillsboro and the surrounding communities. Once admitted into the program, internal resource networking and housing opportunities are shared amongst current students.
The Office of Student Life offers a wide and comprehensive variety of resources including: health care and counseling services, learning support services, student government and outdoor recreational programs.