PA Program Director exposes application myth

By John Leffert, MPAS, PA-C
Associate Program Director

October 11, 2012

LHU’s Physician Assistant program has been in place for almost 16 years. It has grown both in the number of applications received every year and in the total number of students accepted into the program. Approximately 700-800 applications per year are received for admission. Out of those, around 250 prospective students are interviewed and 72 are selected. Competition for selection is rigorous.

As the program grows, misconceptions about the program’s prerequisites tend to build up.  Misconceptions that may be perceived as fact when left to their own devices and there is one such fallacy that must be attended to: LHU students have been told that, in order to be competitive for the program, they must either be in the 3+2 or 4+2 Pre-PA track. This is not true. Both programs offer benefits as far as admission preferences into the program but it is not the only way to gain admission.

The requirements for admission into the program, excluding the 3+2 and 4+2 program, are as follows:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.  A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory completion of all pre-requisite courses listed below, and satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Exam.

Required for admission: A grade of B or better is required in all these pre-requisite courses.

1. General Chemistry I (3 credits)

2. General Chemistry II (3credits)

3. Two Biology or Zoology Courses (6 credits)

4. Human Anatomy (3 credits)

5. Human Physiology (3 credits)

6. Microbiology (3 credits)

7. Human Genetics (3 credits)

8. Statistics (3 credits)

• Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.  All required courses must be completed within 10 years of matriculation. Science courses with labs are preferred.

• Completion of the Graduate Record Exam is required

You can have a degree in any discipline and, as long as a potential applicant has the required course work; attained a grade of “B” or better; overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and good GRE scores he or she can apply for admission.  Once these requirements are met, the applicant must be interviewed by the PA Program. This interview is critical in gaining a seat in the program and is the last step in the admission process.

Over the years, the program has accepted students of varying ages, with diverse degrees and unique backgrounds. Those students have become successful Physician Assistants.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any concerns you may have.




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