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Frequently Asked Questions

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Your GPA is important to us. If it has fallen below the minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale it is recommended that you bring it up to the minimum for consideration into the program.

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Repeating courses at the institution where the course was originally taken is the fastest way to bring up your GPA. You can take courses elsewhere and transfer them for subject credit but that is not the recommended path since doing so will not affect the GPA calculation from the deficient grade nor substantially bring up your GPA.

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Additional healthcare and community service experiences are recommended, but not required. No preference will be given to applicants who have healthcare or community service experience.

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Shadowing hours are very important. Merely working with a PA does not replace the active shadowing experience or the minimum 20 hours of shadowing.

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The verification of shadowing form is for shadowing hours only.

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All prerequisite courses should be taken at a U.S. college or university that is regionally accredited:

  • The Program will accept credits completed at community colleges.
  • The Program will accept non-laboratory course credits completed online.
  • The Program will┬ánot┬áaccept laboratory course credits completed online.

Foreign coursework must be evaluated by WES before being considered.

Classes with laboratories that were transitioned online as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic from Spring 2020 forward are acceptable for admission consideration.

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The University accepts courses taken at a number of institutions accredited by several different accreditation organizations. The list of acceptable accreditation organizations can be found here.

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The program does have special population criteria that provide a guaranteed interview to the following groups, if all admissions requirements are met:

  • Military veterans
  • University of La Verne graduates
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The program does not offer advance placement into any phase of the program.

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Please utilize the conversion legend to determine your semester units.

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Yes, you must complete all of your required prerequisites prior to the application deadline.

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Yes. We will not consider applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree. We are unable to make any exceptions to this requirement.

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Only students who have been formally admitted in the PA program may enroll in PA courses. Audits are not permitted.

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The program is a 27 month full-time program. There are no opportunities for part-time enrollment.

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The didactic phase of the program requires 68 semester hours of credit and the clinical phase of the program requires 50 semester hours of credit. The entire program requires 118 semester hours of credit. Detailed information on the academic credit offered per course and trimester can be found on our Coursework page as a PDF.

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CVs are not a requirement nor will be considered as part of the admissions criteria.

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The program does not require the GRE for admission consideration at this time.

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We do not require a supplemental application for the PA program.

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Yes we accept courses evaluated by WES. All academic records must be translated to English by a certified US language service (such as universitylanguage.com).

If foreign transcripts are already in English, then they must be evaluated for North American course equivalencies with calculated GPAÔÇÖs on a 4.0 scale by the World Education Services (WES.org) and submitted directly to CASPA when applying to the PA Program. The degree credential, courses and GPA that WES has evaluated will only be the one recognized for admission into the program. WES does not evaluate transcripts that have not been translated to English.

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All applicants to the program must fulfill the admission criteria and shadowing hours regardless of prior experience in similar fields.

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Thoughtful planning is needed in all aspects of your educational experience including financial obligations and personal responsibilities. It is recommended that you do not work while enrolled in the program to insure every possibility of achieving success.

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The first cohort (August 2018) consisted of 22 students, the second class (August 2019) has 24 students, and every class after that will have 30 students.