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Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree is open to applicants who have earned, or will earn, by the end of June prior to fall semester entry, a baccalaureate degree and have met, or will have met, by the end of June prior to fall semester entry, the following prerequisites: 

  • An earned bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • A minimum average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 in required pre-requisite courses
  • A minimum of 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale in the sciences as figured by Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  • Ability to fulfill any university admission requirements
  • Successful completion (as defined above) within ten years prior to admission of the following undergraduate science courses with laboratory components, to total 48 or more semester hours:
    • General Biology I and II
    • General Chemistry I and II
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
    • Microbiology
    • Organic Chemistry I and II
    • Biochemistry
    • Three Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Psychology elective courses
    • An exception MAY be granted for a course over ten years old where there has been utilization of the relevant knowledge within the applicant's employment - at the discretion of the Program Director only (should you wish to apply for 10yr waiver, complete CASPA application, after CASPA data has been verified you MUST contact the program directly to request a waiver)
  • Completion of the GRE - submit score code 2087 - no minimum score required - (may NOT substitute MCAT)
  • Submission of a letter of recommendation from a healthcare provider (MD, DO, PA, or NP)
  • Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from program principal faculty
  • Satisfactory Level 1 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
  • Willingness to obtain and maintain all required immunizations as listed in the program policy manual 
  • Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical standards:
    • Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient’s condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination
    • Effective written and verbal communications skills sufficient to both academic and healthcare settings
    • Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and care; for free movement in patient care and between facilities and buildings in academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and clinical coursework
    • Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care
    • Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities 
The MSPAS program does not award or grant advanced placement.
 
The MSPAS program does offer preference to Misericordia alum.
 
The MSPAS program does accept applications by foreign medical graduates provided that they have completed all admission criteria and submitted CASPA application.
 
Class Avg. Overall GPA Avg. Science GPA Avg. Pre-Req GPA    M:F  Avg. Age

   State of  Origin   

2014       3.24       3.15      3.07  6:14

     26
(22-37)

PA, NJ, NY, MD
2015       3.54       3.43       3.38 6:14

     25
(22-41)

PA, NJ, TX, FL, GA, VA
2016 3.59   3.49  3.46  7:14  22 (21-28)  PA, NJ, OH, FL, CA, WA, ID
2017            
2018            
 
Progression from the third year of Misericordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Science to the didactic year of the proposed program is open to matriculants of the undergraduate curriculum who have met, or will have met, by the end of June prior to fall semester didactic year coursework the following pre-requisites: 
  • All required science courses, electives, and core curriculum courses completed prior to entrance into didactic coursework
  • A minimum average of 3.0 in required science courses
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • A minimum grade of C minus in all courses at the 100 through 400 levels
  • Completion of 50 hours shadowing a Physician Assistant
  • Completion of 100 hours of community service
  • Maintenance of good academic standing, as defined by the university
  • No record of university disciplinary sanction
  • Satisfactory Level 1 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
  • Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from program principal faculty
  • Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical standards in timed settings and under stressful conditions:
    • Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient’s condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination
    • Sufficient skills to communicate verbally and in writing in academic and healthcare settings
    • Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and care; for free movement in patient care and between facilities and buildings in academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and clinical coursework
    • Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care
    • Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities

 

                                     

 

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