Physician Assistant Studies - Admission

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Le Moyne College’s Physician Assistant Studies program is committed to the education of physician assistant (PA) students who are critical thinkers, clinically competent, community-inclusive and compassionate.  We help prepare our students for the rigors of modern, interprofessional team-based healthcare.

We focus on care of the whole person (a concept called cura personalis) in a bio, psychosocial, spiritual paradigm that is in keeping with our Jesuit mission and heritage.

In the spirit of the Jesuit tradition, Le Moyne looks to enroll a diverse class of learners from various backgrounds with an expressed desire to serve rural or medically-underserved communities. 

 

Application
  • Applications must be submitted electronically to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at CASPA.
  • Application "submission" to CASPA deadline = October 1 
  • Le Moyne is not a rolling admission program so select applicants invited for an interview will hear from the Office of Graduate Admission in early to mid November.
  • Le Moyne does not require a supplemental application.
 
Admission Criteria
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time the program begins.
  • Cumulative, science and prerequisite GPAs of at least 3.2 in each category.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses and health care experience (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 and how to request them is included in the CASPA application instructions.
  • Interview by invitation.
  • Foreign transcripts need to be evaluated course-by-course by one of the member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and submitted to CASPA. Please visit NACES.org for a list of those participating organizations. Note that each organization will have its own instructions on how to submit required documents for evaluation. The evaluation must also show that a bachelor's degree equivalent to one in the United States has been earned.
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with the following exceptions:
    • Graduation from an accredited American high school OR
    • Graduation from an accredited 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 exam is required to apply to the PA Program at Le Moyne College. 

Application Review Dates
Admission decisions are based on numerous factors including an individual's academic history, quality of health care experience, communication skills, professionalism and recommendations. A cohort of 75 students begins the program each August.
  • Applications are to be submitted to CASPA by October 1.
  • Select applicants will be offered a campus interview and will learn of their invitation from the Office of Graduate Admission in early to mid November.
  • Interviews will be held on Jan 9, 10, and 11, 2020, and will consist of an individual interview, a group activity and a writing sample.
  • Admission notification will be made by mid February.
  • The deposit deadline will be due at the beginning of March.
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 3.2. 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
  • Two upper-level (numbered 200+) biology courses for science majors, labs required*
  • Two upper-level (numbered 200+) biology courses for science majors, NO labs required*
  • Two semesters of general chemistry for science majors, labs required
  • One semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry (a general "survey" course covering organic and biochemistry together will not count towards the prerequisite)
  • Two semesters selected from the following: statistics, calculus or physics
  • Two semesters of social science
  • One semester of English Composition or Technical Writing
  • * If the upper-level biology courses were taken over five years ago, four additional upper-level biology courses must be taken.
  • Knowledge and practical skills in basic computing (no specific course required)

See PA prerequisites checklist here.

 

Direct Patient Contact Hours

750 hours of paid, volunteer, or combination current quality hands-on patient care. Competitive applicants will have close to 750 hours or more at time of application. 
Download list of patient care experience

Accelerated 3+2 Bachelor's Degree/Master's Degree Program (BS or BA in Biology/MS)
Available only to Le Moyne College biology majors who must apply by October 1 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

Le Moyne requires a "submit by" deadline to CASPA by October 1. 

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