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Admission Requirements

Admissions will be selective and enrollment will be limited. Due to the inherent demands of a graduate health care professional program, applicants should have a combination of a strong academic background and a high level of maturity and integrity. The criteria for admission will be based on a complete assessment of both academic and non-cognitive attributes. The application for admission, along with all documents and supplemental information, are to be submitted through CASPA. All applications will then be reviewed for admission and interview consideration.

To be eligible for admissions the student must meet the following criteria for entry into the program:

  • Completion or evidence that a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college in the United States will be completed prior to submission of application.
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of “C” or better.
  • Cumulative science prerequisite GPA minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Overall Cumulative undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Repeated courses outside of the institution where the course was originally taken will be averaged in when calculating the GPA.
  • Meet the Technical standards which are the abilities and skill that a student must possess in order to complete the program and are essential for clinical practice as a licensed PA. The technical standards involve skills in observation, communication, motor, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral/social. Please check the website for a detailed description of the technical standards.
  • Proof of English language proficiency in speaking, reading and writing, regardless of citizenship whose primary language is not English is required via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimal score of 570 (paper-based version), or 88 (internet version). Please request that the testing agency release an official copy of your test scores to CASPA during your application process; they will be reviewed upon invitation for interview.
  • Three letters of recommendation assessing the applicant’s ability to be a physician assistant.  One must be from a practicing MD/DO/PA no older than 1-year-old prior to application deadline. One may be from a college professor or supervisor. Must be typed on letterhead and should begin with the salutation “Dear Admissions Committee.”
  • Twenty (20) hours minimum of shadowing hours completed and documented by a licensed and practicing physician assistant to be documented on the program shadowing form. Applicants must shadow with a licensed and practicing PA. Shadowing hours are to be arranged by the applicant. The PA program  faculty will not arrange nor recommend shadowing sites. Verification of shadowing hours must be documented on the form provided here and uploaded into CASPA when prompted to do so.
  • Personal statement: Not to exceed 5,000 characters describing your personal goals in becoming a physician assistant.
  • Copy of DD-Form 214, military identification, or active orders. This is for Military Veterans or Active Personnel only who are applying to the program.
  • A panel interview: After initial assessment and screening of applications, a portion of selected applicants will be invited to interview on the University of La Verne main campus.
  • Successful completion of Background Check and Drug screening.
  • Immunization requirements: Tdap, Hep B, MMR, Meningococcal, varicella, TB screening, and influenza (must be completed prior to matriculation; exact dates will be included in acceptance packets sent to accepted students).
  • All course work including prerequisites must be completed at time of application.
  • Students are required to have health insurance throughout their enrollment in a health professional program at the University.