• Is there a major requirement from undergrad in order to apply?
No. There is not a specific major requirement for consideration for the program. We will do an extensive review of all coursework completed and verified by CASPA as part of our review process to ensure that all academic prerequisites have been satisfied. Whenever possible, we encourage applicants to complete all prerequisites in a rigorous course of study, ideally housed within a science major.
• What are the academic prerequisites for the program?
Click here to see an overview of admission requirements and prerequisite coursework for the PA program at Le Moyne College.
• When must I complete the prerequisites?
An applicant could be considered competitive with no more than two academic prerequisite courses remaining (or in process of completion) at the time of application (October 1). An applicant should also have completed a minimum of 750 hours of direct patient care experiences at the time of application (October 1). You can view a guide for how patient care experiences are evaluated in terms of quality by clicking here.
• Does Le Moyne accept AP credit for prerequisite requirements?
Le Moyne can accept AP credit for prerequisite credit as long as the credit earned is clearly noted on your previous college transcript(s) as having been accepted by that institution. This credit would have to count towards a specific content area or if a score report from the College Board is provided (upon our request). We commonly see AP credit being applied to Introductory Biology, English Composition or Social Science requirements. For example, credit for AP English is often reflected as an English Composition course on a college transcript.
• What constitutes an upper-level Biology course?
Upper level Biology coursework, must be at the 200-level (or higher) to indicate an advanced/upper-level curriculum and should have a Biology course coding such as: BIO, BIOL or BI. Coursework in other science categories (ex. Nursing, Kinesiology, Radiology, Exercise Science, etc.) are not considered to be as competitive.
• Is there a time limit for prerequisite courses?
Le Moyne requires the four advanced-level Biology courses to have been completed within the last five years from the time of application. Minimally, two of these four courses must be accompanied by a lab component. For example, if you are applying for the Fall 2023 semester, then you would be submitting your application by October 1st, 2022. Therefore, the upper-level Biology courses would have to have been completed from 2017 to present. With the ever changing nature of healthcare, we implemented this requirement to ensure that applicants have the most up to date knowledge and experiences to best prepare them for the rigors of the program and the profession.
Prerequisites outside of the four advanced-level Biology courses do not have a time limit.
• Will you accept coursework for the upper-level Biology requirements that are not Biology courses?
If no other advanced Biology courses are present, then we will accept a maximum of one course from the other sciences category toward this requirement. Courses considered for this requirement should come from our list of highly recommended/recommended subjects as indicated at the bottom of the prerequisite coursework form.
• Is there any exception to the five-year time limit, if someone has been working professionally?
Although health related work experience is attractive to your application, professional experience(s) would not be able to take the place of prerequisite coursework or exempt an applicant from the 5 year time limit on the four advanced-Level Biology courses.
• Does the five-year time limit for Upper-Level Biology courses apply to the other prerequisite coursework?
No. The five-year time limit only applies to the four required upper-level Biology courses. Therefore, the other prerequisite courses can be from any point of your academic record.
• How does Le Moyne evaluate applicants from institutions that do not use semester credits (quarter credit, trimester credit, etc.)?
It is very common to receive applications from students who have attended institutions that do not use a traditional semester credit hour system (quarter credit, trimester credit, etc.).
In these scenarios, we will translate/equate your previous credit to semester hours during our application review process. This commonly involves accepting more than one course on your transcript in order to satisfy one prerequisite course. There are many tools available online that you can use in order to translate your credits to semester credit hours to assist in the process of applying to our program.