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    The Direct Entry Physician Assistant (P.A.) Studies Pathway at Le Moyne College offers the opportunity for early acceptance to exceptional high school students wishing to accelerate their academic and career paths to become physician assistants. Accepted students will complete a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and Master of Science in physician assistant studies. Applicants have the option of choosing a 3+2 accelerated pathway or a 4+2 pathway which allows students a fourth year to participate in a study abroad semester, academic minors, collegiate sports or other Le Moyne academic and personal growth experiences. Application for the direct entry pathway is made during the senior year of high school and is available only to first-year students. The program is competitive and space is limited. 


    Eligibility Requirements for Admission into the Direct Entry Program

    • Minimum High School Cumulative Average = 92
    • Minimum Test Scores = SAT 1250 (Critical Reading and Math only) or ACT 27
    • Required High School Courses = Applicants must graduate from an accredited high school and must complete a minimum of 19 academic units in the following distribution:
      English - 4
      Foreign Language - 3
      Mathematics - 4
      Natural Science - 4
      Social Studies - 4
    • Recommendations = Applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from a guidance or college counselor or two letters of recommendation from clergy, coaches, employers, teachers, etc. A recommendation from a supervisor who can attest to the applicant's demonstrated commitment to the health care field is also required.
    • 10 hours of documented patient contact or shadowing hours at the time of application with 40 additional documented hours submitted prior to the first semester of studies at Le Moyne.
    • Required interview by invitation only.
    Applying to the Direct Entry Program

    The application and all required documents must be received by the Le Moyne College Office of Admission before the application deadline. The deadline for receipt of applications for this direct entry pathway is January 15. A completed application packet includes:

    • A completed freshman application
    • Official high school transcript
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Official SAT or ACT scores or official TOEFL or IELTS score report (required of non-native English speakers)
    • Personal statement

    After beginning study as a first-year student in the Direct Entry P.A. Pathway at Le Moyne College, students have a binding agreement with the institution and program and may not apply to other P.A. studies programs.

    Continuation in the Program

    Overall GPA: Once admitted to the Direct Entry P.A. Pathway, students must attain or exceed an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.3. Two successive semesters below 3.3 or a cumulative grade point average below 3.3 will constitute grounds for dismissal from the pathway. However, participants may continue as biological sciences majors provided they remain in good academic standing at Le Moyne College. These students then have the opportunity to apply to the Master of Science in physician assistant studies program with other students who are not part of the direct entry group.
    Science GPA: Students must also have a cumulative science GPA of at least 3.3 in addition to the cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.
    Continuous Enrollment: Students must maintain full-time enrollment status during the entire pathway.
    Academic Prerequisites: Participates must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program in biological sciences and must complete the required prerequisite courses for the master's program by August 1 prior to the first year of the P.A. program.
    Patient Contact Hours: Participants must complete a minimum of 750 quality direct patient contact hours by August 15 prior to the first year of the P.A. program. The appropriate value of the 50 hours experienced prior to the first semester of studies will be included in the total 750 hours. Examples of of patient contact experiences can be found on the P.A. Program website.
    Moral and Ethical Fitness: During all phases of the program, a student must remain in good moral and ethical standing appropriate to the pursuit of a career as a physician assistant and eventual professional licensure. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program. However, participants remaining in good academic and social standing maybe allowed to continue as biological sciences majors at Le Moyne College.