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.
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 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.
- 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.