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Physician Assistant Studies


Physician Assistant Studies

Graduates of Le Moyne’s Master of Science program in physician assistant studies are competent, caring and ethical primary health care providers committed to their patients and their communities. A unique focus of the Le Moyne program is on cultural competence and the delivery of health care to diverse populations. In accordance with the College’s Jesuit mission, students learn to care for patients in underserved areas from downtown Syracuse to rural Wyoming.

Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA programs that presents medical humanities courses as an integral part of training. In conjunction with evidence-based medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate focuses on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in order to care for the whole person.

Application

You must submit your application electronically to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by Oct. 1. Le Moyne does not require a supplemental application.

Admission Criteria

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution by the time the program begins.
  • Cumulative, science and prerequisite grade-point averages of at least 3.0
  • Completion of prerequisite courses and health care experiences (see prerequisites below)
  • Three letters of recommendation from at least one academic, if applicable, and/or from a professional in a health care field who can attest to your ability to be successful in a rigorous academic program as a health care provider (specific information about references is found on the CASPA application instructions.
  • Successful interview, by invitation
  • Foreign transcripts need to be evaluated by World Education Services (wes.org) and submitted for the CASPA application
  • International students:
    • TOEFL score of 213 (computer based exam) or 550 (paper-based exam) or a 79 (internet-based exam or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 is required of all applicants when native language is not English with the following exceptions:
      • Graduation from an accredited American high school OR
      • Graduation from an American two- or four-year college or university OR
      • Completion of 15 graduate credits at an American college or university OR
      • Completion of 60 undergraduate credits including six transferable credits of English at an American college or university


Note: No GRE score or score from any other entrance is exam is required to apply to the PA Program at Le Moyne College. 


Application Review Dates

Admission decisions are based on an individual's academic abilities, quality of health care experience, communication skills, professionalism and recommendations. A class of 75 students begins the program each August.

  • Applications are due to CASPA by Oct. 1.
  • After initial application review, selected applicants will be contacted in early to mid-November to schedule an interview with members of the Physician Assistant Studies Program Admission Committee.
  • Interviews - which will consist of an individual interview, a group interview, and a writing sample - will be held on Jan 5, 6, and 7, 2017.
  • Admission notification will be made by the end of January.

Le Moyne College welcomes applications from individuals with various backgrounds regardless of race, color, gender, creed, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin.

Prerequisites

Master's Degree Program

Coursework

Successful completion of the following courses with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. In order for courses to count towards the prerequisites, a "C" or better must be earned.

  • Biology I with lab and Biology II with lab for science majors
  • Four additional advanced-level (200+) biological sciences course for science majors, two of which must include lab
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with lab for science majors
  • One semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry
  • Two semesters selected from the following: statistics, calculus or physics
  • Two semesters of social science
  • One semester of English composition or technical writing
  • Completion of at least four advanced level science courses within the last five years
  • Basic computing skills

See PA prerequisites checklist here.

 

Direct Patient Contact

750 hours of paid, volunteer or combination hands-on patient care (at least 500 hours required at the time of application). 
Download list of patient care experience

 
Accelerated 3+2 Bachelor's Degree/Master's Degree Program (BS/MS)
(Available only to Le Moyne College students in their junior year)

Completion of at least 103 undergraduate credits, including all core and major requirements except the following:

  • Senior humanities (6 credits from the PA Program - Medical Humanities Seminars I & II - will be applied to the BA/BS degree)
  • Two biology electives (8 credits from the PA Program - Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II will be applied to the BA/BS degree)
  • Four general electives toward the BS (13 credits from the PA Program - Pharmacology I & II and Clinical Medicine I - will be applied to the BA/BS degree)

 

Apply Now

Apply by Thursday, Oct. 1 at CASPA.

Applying to the Physician Assistant Studies Program

*********APPLICATION "SUBMISSION" DEADLINE TO CASPA IS OCTOBER 1**********

Le Moyne College is NOT on a rolling admission process so your application will be considered as long as you submit your application electronically to CASPA by the Le Moyne College October 1 deadline. Application verification by CASPA will take 2-4 weeks after your application is submitted and complete but we will still be reviewing applications for the January interview dates with invitation phone calls being made mid to late November and early December.

Le Moyne College seeks applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, who have respect for all people, and who demonstrate a mature attitude toward learning. Highly competitive applicants exhibit the following qualities:

Strong desire to care for the sick or injured
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Unblemished moral/ethical character
Strong desire to work with and care for diverse populations
High motivation
Self-awareness of limitations

Choose any of the links below for additional details:


Selection Process

Admission decisions are based on an individual's academic abilities, quality of health care experience, communication skills, professionalism and recommendations. A class of 75 students begins the program each fall.

Competitive applicants will possess the following criteria:

  • Cumulative, science, and prerequisite GPAs of at least 3.0
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of at least four science courses within the last five years
  • Proof of quality and quantity of health care experience; at least 750 hours of direct patient contact are required
  • Three recommendations from at least one academic, if applicable, and/or from professionals in the health care field who can attest to your ability to be successful in a rigorous academic program and as a health care provider (specific requirements about the nature of the references is found on the CASPA application instructions).
  • Competitive TOEFL or IELTS score, if required 
  • Note: We do not require a GRE score or a score from any other entrance exam

After initial application review, selected applicants will be contacted in early to mid-November to schedule an interview with members of the PA Program Admission Committee. The interview will consist of an individual interview, a group interview and a writing sample.

Interview dates: January 7, 8, 9, 2016

All applicants will be notified by mail of the PA Admission Committee decision. Admission notification will be made by the end of January.

Le Moyne College welcomes applications from individuals with various backgrounds regardless of race, color, gender, creed, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin

Applying to the Physician Assistant Studies Program

*********APPLICATION "SUBMISSION" DEADLINE TO CASPA IS OCTOBER 1**********

Le Moyne College is NOT on a rolling admission process so your application will be considered as long as you submit your application electronically to CASPA by the Le Moyne College October 1 deadline. Application verification by CASPA will take 2-4 weeks after your application is submitted and complete but we will still be reviewing applications for the January interview dates with invitation phone calls being made mid to late November and early December.

Le Moyne College seeks applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, who have respect for all people, and who demonstrate a mature attitude toward learning. Highly competitive applicants exhibit the following qualities:

Strong desire to care for the sick or injured
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Unblemished moral/ethical character
Strong desire to work with and care for diverse populations
High motivation
Self-awareness of limitations

Choose any of the links below for additional details:


Selection Process

Admission decisions are based on an individual's academic abilities, quality of health care experience, communication skills, professionalism and recommendations. A class of 75 students begins the program each fall.

Competitive applicants will possess the following criteria:

  • Cumulative, science, and prerequisite GPAs of at least 3.0
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of at least four science courses within the last five years
  • Proof of quality and quantity of health care experience; at least 750 hours of direct patient contact are required
  • Three recommendations from at least one academic, if applicable, and/or from professionals in the health care field who can attest to your ability to be successful in a rigorous academic program and as a health care provider (specific requirements about the nature of the references is found on the CASPA application instructions).
  • Competitive TOEFL or IELTS score, if required 
  • Note: We do not require a GRE score or a score from any other entrance exam

After initial application review, selected applicants will be contacted in early to mid-November to schedule an interview with members of the PA Program Admission Committee. The interview will consist of an individual interview, a group interview and a writing sample.

Interview dates: January 7, 8, 9, 2016

All applicants will be notified by mail of the PA Admission Committee decision. Admission notification will be made by the end of January.

Le Moyne College welcomes applications from individuals with various backgrounds regardless of race, color, gender, creed, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin


Questions

Office of Graduate Admission

Grewen Hall Room 322

Phone: (315) 445-5444

physassist@lemoyne.edu

PA Info Session Join us for an information session on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 318 of the science addition. Call 315-445-5444 or email PhysAssist@lemoyne.edu with questions. Program FAQs