What Is The Application Process?
Freshman and transfer students are invited to apply for the fall semester. Admission is highly competitive. Transfer admission, which occurs at the beginning of the professional phase of the program, is limited. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview on campus. Previous health care experience is not required but will strengthen the application.
After completion of the two-year pre-professional requirements at Wagner College, students interview for continuation into the PA Program. Students entering as physician assistant majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher per semester to continue as PA majors. Students previously approved for admission to the physician assistant major who have a cumulative index of 3.2 or higher, and 3.0 or higher (with a grade of C+ or higher per course) in the biological sciences and physical sciences by the end of the sophomore fall semester will be interviewed for continuation into the three professional years of the PA Program. In addition, students must participate in a minimum of 20 hours per semester of health related community outreach activities. No separate application form for this phase is needed. Students confirmed for admission to the Physician Assistant Program must maintain these indices to commence the Physician Assistant Program. Transfer students must meet the same requirements.
The two-year pre-physician assistant curriculum is designed to accommodate 30 students per cohort. Students are interviewed in depth by representatives of the Physician Assistant Program as part of the college admission process and are approved as physician assistant majors at that time. If openings arise in the freshman or sophomore class, well-qualified students may be allowed to enter the pre-physician assistant curriculum only after interviews and approvals by the Physician Assistant Program.
After two full academic years, during which the student must complete all the prerequisite course requirements for the Physician Assistant Program, as well as the designated portion of the general education requirements, the student generally enters the Physician Assistant Program, where s/he must successfully complete three years of professional course work: one year of didactic instruction; one year of clinical experience; and one year of graduate-level clinical and research work.
The student finishing the Pre-Physician Assistant Curriculum applies for continuation into the professional Physician Assistant Program at the end of the sophomore fall semester. (Students entering as PA majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue as PA majors.) Those who have participated in the minimum required health related community outreach activities, achieved a cumulative index of 3.2 or higher as well as an index of 3.0 or higher (with a grade of C+ or higher per course) in the biological and physical sciences will be interviewed for continuation into the three-year Physician Assistant Program. Students confirmed for admission to the Physician Assistant Program must maintain these indices to commence the Physician Assistant Program.