School of Health and Medical Sciences
Admissions
Early Review: August 15; Application Deadline: March 31

The curriculum of the Physician Assistant Program is rigorous, and the admissions process is extremely selective. In reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee considers academic performance, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), healthcare experience, and letters of recommendation as outlined below. Special admissions consideration is given to students enrolled in the dual-degree program at Seton Hall University and other affiliated programs at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Monmouth University, and St. Peter’s College.

Academic Requirements for Admission

Application to the program is open to individuals who:

  • possess a baccalaureate degree* from an accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • have a 3.2 GPA in the following prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a "C."

Course Credits
Chemistry I with Lab
4
Chemistry II with Lab
4

General Biology I with Lab

General Biology II with Lab

4

4

Microbiology with Lab
4
Precalculus, Calculus, or Statistics
3

Psychology

3

Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

4

OR

Human Anatomy with Lab

Human Physiology with Lab                     

4

4

For further prerequisite course information »

As noted above, prerequisite science courses listed above must include a laboratory component and must have been completed within 10 years prior to matriculation. Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply; however, they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites by June 1st prior to the start of the program.

*Individuals who do not possess a baccalaureate degree should consult the Undergraduate Catalogue for the Dual-Degree program (BS/MS) with the College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences.

Standardized Testing

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. While the program does not use a strict cutoff score, most competitive applicants will have scores at or above the fiftieth percentile in each test area. Candidates who have already earned a graduate degree may request that the GRE be waived. Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any applicant who is not a native speaker of English. A score report must be forwarded documenting a paper-based score of 550 or above, a computer-based score of 213 or above, or an Internet-based score of 79 or above. All international transcripts must be evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org)

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to obtain three letters of recommendation from sources able to attest to an applicant's academic ability and character. It is recommended that letters be obtained from course instructors and clinical supervisors. Letters from family members and casual acquaintances are not acceptable.

Healthcare Experience Requirement

Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours observing or participating in the delivery of healthcare in a clinical environment. This requirement may be met through paid or volunteer experiences. While shadowing a physician assistant or physician will meet this requirement, priority consideration is given to experiences where the applicant has assumed responsibility for patient care. Past experiences that students have used to meet this requirement include but are not limited to: shadowing a PA or physician in an office or hospital; volunteering or working as an emergency medical technician; working as a nurse, nurse's aide, respiratory therapist, paramedic, athletic trainer or other healthcare provider, or volunteering in a healthcare facility. The healthcare experience is intended to strengthen interpersonal skills and to develop an understanding of the role of healthcare provider.

Interviews

All applicants being considered for admission will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview is used to assess an applicant's knowledge of the physician assistant profession, their motivation for becoming a physician assistant and communication and interpersonal skills. Meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee that an applicant will be invited for an interview.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Students

Regardless of previous educational or work experience, all students are required to complete the entire physician assistant curriculum. No advanced placement, transfer credit, or credit for experiential learning will be granted.

Application Deadlines

Applicants may apply online at the Seton Hall University website: www.shu.edu. Seton Hall University does not participate in CASPA. Seats fill quickly, and applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Fall 2015 application for the PA program will be available starting July 7, 2014.

Early Review: Applicants with a superior academic record (GPA>3.4) and who have successfully completed all prerequisite coursework are encouraged to apply by August 15 for an early admissions decision.

General Admission: Applications for general admissionare accepted from September 1st through a deadline of March 31st. Students with incomplete prerequisites may apply; however, they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites by June 1st prior to the start of the program. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of enrollment in any outstanding prerequisite courses. Information regarding application procedures and deadlines may be obtained from the School of Health and Medical Sciences, (973) 275-2596.

Employment During the Academic Year

Training to become a physician assistant demands a full-time commitment. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, it is recommended that students not engage in outside employment. If a student chooses to work during the academic year, the work schedule must not interfere with class performance or clinical rotation schedules.

Department Secretary:
Joann Codella

(973) 275-2596
joann.codella@shu.edu

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