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Seton Hall University Health and Medical Sciences
Physician Assistant Students

Welcome to the Seton Hall Physician Assistant Program

Congratulations on your acceptance! We are pleased that you have chosen to join us for your education, and we are confident that we can help provide you with the tools you will need to achieve your professional goals. Our program has a track record of success and we look forward to the contributions you will make to both our Seton Hall community and the PA profession.

Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) Campus

The School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS), where the PA program is housed, is located at the Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) Campus in Nutley/Clifton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus - Seton Hall University.

Medical Clearance

New Jersey law requires all students to demonstrate proof of certain vaccinations prior to matriculation. In many cases our clinical sites will have additional requirements. Medical clearance requires the following. All documentation must be submitted using the forms provided by the program by August 15th. Download the PA Medical Clearance Form in PDF format »

  • Physical Examination: All students must undergo a physical examination by a qualified licensed healthcare provider. The clinician must attest that there are no findings that could pose a risk to a student or patient in a clinical environment.
  • Immunizations: All students must demonstrate serologic immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and hepatitis B. Students must also have been vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis within the last five years.
  • Tuberculosis screening: All students must be screened annually for tuberculosis using a PPD or QuantiFERON-TB Gold. Students with a positive PPD or QuantiFERON-TB Gold will require additional testing as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Medical Terminology

A medical terminology examination will be administered during the first week of class. Successful completion of this examination is required for continuing in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine I (GMPA6203) course. Please be sure to prepare adequately for this examination. We recommend using the text Quick and Easy Medical Terminology (latest edition) by Peggy Leonard to prepare.

Study Skills

In addition to studying medical terminology this summer, we recommend that you read the book Study Without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences by Kelman and Straker to assist you in preparing for the program. There will be interactive discussions on study skills and time management during the orientation session and throughout the course of the semester.

To assist in a self-assessment of your study skills, please complete this study skills document and bring it with you to orientation.

Student Health Insurance

New Jersey law requires that all full-time matriculated students maintain health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan. If you are covered under another plan and would like to request a waiver, you can do so electronically through the Student Health Services website.

Criminal Background Check

All students are required to undergo annual criminal background checking. Please note that some findings may prevent a student from being eligible for licensure as a PA. If you have questions regarding criminal background checking and licensure, please consult a qualified attorney.

Seton Hall has contracted with AccioData – Sterling Student to conduct background checks. Background checks will be required annually while enrolled in the program. Background checks should be ordered between August 1st and August 15. Find more information and request your background check »

Financial Aid

Professional education is a serious financial commitment. Our curriculum is very rigorous. The added stress of financial problems may make it very difficult for a student to be successful. Please take time to prepare and ensure that you will have adequate funding for your education and your living expenses. Find more information on the Office of Financial Aid website »

PirateNet

PirateNet is our campus intranet. You will use it to access your student email, register for courses, view the course content, and view your grades. You will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your PirateNet account a few days after making your acceptance deposit. After your account has been generated, you will be able to access PirateNet from the main Seton Hall webpage and most subpages.

Student IDs and Parking

The Campus ID office issues student, employee, vendor, visitor and temporary identification cards. There is no initial fee for the I.D. card, but there is a cost to replace a lost ID card. Students are required to show another form of photo identification in order to obtain a student ID. Students wishing to use the SHU parking facilities must purchase a parking permit ("decal"). Please visit SHU Parking after your Seton Hall account is activated. Students living off-campus usually purchase the "annual commuter" permit. Anyone parking at Seton Hall without a valid permit may be ticketed and towed.

The ID and parking offices are normally very busy at the beginning of the school year. If it is possible for you to do so, we recommend that you obtain your ID and parking permit before orientation.

Important Dates

Orientation is typically one week before classes begin.

  • SHMS Orientation: Monday, August 21, 2023  
  • PA Program Orientation: Wednesday, August 23, 2023
  • MAT Orientation: Thursday, August 24, 2023

Last Day of Fall Semester Exams: Please do not make any travel arrangements for the end of the fall semester without checking with your adviser.

View the Seton Hall University Academic Calendar »

Medical Equipment

The Program recommends that you order medical equipment as soon as possible so that you will have it for the first week of class. The Program has selected Cornell Surgical as our preferred vendor. Cornell Surgical has competitive pricing and a no-hassle return policy. To view a list of required equipment and order online, please visit Cornell Surgical »

Click the link for "Students" and then the link for "Seton Hall University Physician Assistant Program." The online form lists the options available for required equipment.

If you have questions or would like to compare equipment prior to purchase, personnel from Cornell Surgical will be available at orientation. Items ordered by August 5th will be delivered to campus for free during orientation.

The equipment indicated as required on the Cornell website has been selected for durability and reliability. You may choose to purchase your equipment elsewhere, but you must select from among the brands and models indicated on the Cornell Surgical website. If you have questions, please contact the Program before making a purchase.

White Coat

Students are required to wear a short, white consultation jacket during clinical experiences. White coats are purchased through the Seton Hall Bookstore. Bookstore personnel will fit students for white coats during orientation.

Laptop and Instructional Technology

Many of our courses will require that students have a laptop with WiFi access and an updated internet browser program. A great deal of our course content is posted online, and many of our examinations are given online to mimic the format of the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). For more information regarding requirements, visit the Department of Information Technology

Examsoft/Examplify

Examplify is an assessment program that enables exam takers to securely take examinations downloaded to their own laptop computers. The PA Program utilizes the Examsoft/Examplify application as a test-taking software for students. For more information on how to download Examplify, take exams and trouble-shoot installation issues, visit this link.

Canvas 

Canvas is the University's learning management system. More information on Canvas can be found online. Additional questions? Contact the Department of Information Technology service desk at (973) 275-2222 or [email protected]

Looking for More Information?

Please visit the PA program website, contact us,  or complete the short form below and someone from the Physician Assistant Program will be in touch to assist you.