Is the new program co-ed?

Yes. Although our residential college is for women, our adult degree program, and our graduate programs, have provided quality co-educational programs for more than 30 years.

What are the prerequisite courses?

*Note: All prerequisite coursework, and bachelors degree must be completed by September 1, 2015.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
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Biology

3-4

Any biology course in addition to Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology; must include lab
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy

3-4*

Must include lab
Human or Vertebrate Physiology

3-4*

Must include lab
Microbiology

3-4

Must include lab
Chemistry

3-4

Must include lab
Organic Chemistry OR Biochemistry

3-4

Lab preferred
Psychology

6

1 intro and 1 upper OR 2 upper level psychology courses; abnormal and developmental psychology are preferred.
Statistics

3

Can be from biology, mathematics, psychology, or business. NOTE – if a psychology course is used to meet this requirement, it cannot also be used for the psychology requirement.
Medical Terminology

1-2

A medical terminology certificate could be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this coursework.
What major should I pick as an undergraduate student preparing to apply to the graduate program?

There is no one major that is required, as long as the prerequisite coursework has been taken.

What is the minimum GPA?

You will need a minimum of 3.0 for your overall GPA, but we expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all prerequisite courses must reflect a “C” or better to be accepted.

What GRE or MCAT scores do I need?

The GRE or MCAT scores will be considered along with other admissions requirements. There is no published minimum score.

How long is the PA Program course of study?

27 months, 15 didactic and 12 clinical.

Does the program allow students to waive courses or have advanced standing?

No. Students may not waive any course within the PA Program curriculum. Further, the PA Program does not provide advance standing.

Do you accept transfer of graduate-level coursework from other institutions?

Our courses are arranged in a lock-step sequence, therefore we cannot accept graduate transfer credits.  These courses may, however, be used to meet the prerequisite requirements.

What are my chances of getting in?

We expect interest to be high, but chances will vary depending on the number of applications each year. We anticipate a class size of 38 students in the first cohort and 40 students in the second and third cohort. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Physician Assistant Education Association (www.paeaonline.org) for further information regarding PA program applicant demographics.

Do you accept international students?

Due to our current accreditation status, we are not able to sponsor visas for international students at this time. Students that are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply. MDCHS does consider coursework completed internationally, as long as the proper transcript evaluations (such as WES) are included with the application.

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

Due to the rigor of the graduate programs, students are strongly advised against employment while enrolled in the program. No time will be granted for students to seek or maintain employment. Employment while enrolled in the program may lead to poor academic performance and failure and should not be pursued.

Who should write my references?

Three references are required. References can be professionals who have observed you in a patient care environment, college professors, or prior employers. References from family members or friends are not recommended.

Can students be employed while enrolled in the program?

Due to the rigor of the Physician Assistant  curriculum, students are strongly advised against employment while enrolled in the program. No time will be granted for students to seek or maintain employment. Employment while enrolled in the program may lead to poor academic performance and failure and should not be pursued. Further, students may not be employed by the program for any reason, including, but not limited to, clerical or other program work. Students may not be employed at clinical or shadowing sites in any capacity while enrolled in the program.

About the Profession:

Physician Assistants are academically and clinically prepared to provide health care services with the direction and responsible supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. The physician-PA team relationship is fundamental to the PA profession and enhances the delivery of high quality health care. Within the physician-PA relationship, PAs make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services. The clinical role of PAs includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings. PA practice is centered on patient care and may include educational, research and administrative activities.

The role of the PA demands intelligence, sound judgement, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills, and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient’s welfare are essential attributes of the graduate PA. The professional curriculum for PA education includes basic medical, behavioral and social sciences; introduction to clinical medicine and patient assessment; supervised clinical practice; and health policy and professional practice issues.

(Reprinted from ARC-PA, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. at http://www.arc-pa.com/about/about_pa.html)

What do physician assistants do?

PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.

(Reprinted from AAPA, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, at http://www.aapa.org/the_pa_profession/what_is_a_pa.aspx)