What Is The Application Process?
The three year BS/MS Program in Physician Assistant Studies is designed to accommodate 30 students per year. Students are interviewed in depth by representatives of the Physician Assistant Program as part of the admissions process to the college and are approved to enter the college as physician assistant majors beginning the pre-physician assistant curriculum. If openings arise in the sophomore class, well qualified students are invited to be interviewed for the pre-physician assistant curriculum. Transfer admission, which occurs at the beginning of the professional program, is limited. Selected candidates are invited for interview on campus. For all applicants, previous health care experience is not required but strengthens the application. Students entering as physician assistant majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 per semester to continue as PA majors and cumulative GPA of 3.2 and cumulative science GPA of 3.0 to enter the PA Program.
After completion of the two-year pre-professional requirements at Wagner College, students interview for continuation into the PA Program. Students previously approved for admission 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 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 25 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.
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 achieved a cumulative index of 3.2 or higher as well as a cumulative index of 3.0 or higher (with a grade of C+ or higher per course) in the 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.