ADMISSION POLICIES UPDATE
updated SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
In response to ongoing disruptions due to wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes to our admission process are in effect for the 2020-2021 application cycle:
- We have extended our application deadline to October 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Applications must be in complete and verified CASPA status by the deadline in order to be eligible for review.
- For standardized testing, we recognize that many tests have been cancelled or rescheduled. We will continue to recommend that applicants complete the GRE, MCAT, or PA-CAT, and will continue to accept scores from tests completed either in person or at home. However, completion of the GRE, MCAT, or PA-CAT is not required in order for applications to be eligible for review.
- For clinical experience, volunteer experience, research experience, and shadowing experience, we recognize that most applicants are unable to complete in-person hours right now. We will use discretion during the review process to take this into account; however, our existing recommendations for preparatory experience will remain in place. Please note that as always, our preparatory experience recommendations are not required, and we will review all applications regardless of prior experience.
- For preparatory coursework, we recognize that most institutions have moved to online learning for the foreseeable future; many have also transitioned to a "pass/fail" or "credit/no credit" grading system. We will use discretion during the review process to take this into account; however, our existing recommendations for preparatory coursework will remain in place. Please note that as always, our preparatory coursework recommendations are not required, and we will review all eligible applications regardless of prior coursework.
- For letters of recommendation, we will continue to recommend that applicants submit letters from at least three recommenders. However, three letters of recommendation are not required in order for applications to be eligible for review.
- For transcripts, we recognize that receipt of transcripts has been delayed for many applicants. We will grant a one-month transcript extension only for those applications that are in "received" CASPA status by October 1, 2020. Official transcripts must be sent to CASPA and applications must be in "complete" CASPA status by November 1, 2020. Please be advised that the transcript extension does not apply to applications that are not in "received" CASPA status by the October 1, 2020 deadline.
- For the CASPer assessment, we recognize that some applicants have been unable to complete the assessment due to extenuating circumstances. We will grant a one-month CASPer assessment extension only for those applications that are in "received" CASPA status by October 1, 2020. The CASPer assessment must be completed by November 1, 2020. Please visit the CASPer website for information about remaining test dates. Please be advised that the CASPer assessment extension does not apply to applications that are not in "received" CASPA status by the October 1, 2020 deadline.
We will continue to monitor the situation and announce any updates on our website. If you have specific questions, please contact our admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Excellence, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Skills
We strive to admit students who align with our mission and goals and who have a record of academic excellence, strong critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills, and potential as future PA leaders. We are proud to have a robust and holistic admissions process that welcomes applicants with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.
Key Criteria for Admission
Our admissions committee reviews all eligible applications on the basis of several key elements, including academic performance; depth and breadth of healthcare experience; research and scholarly contributions; volunteer work and community service, particularly in underserved healthcare communities; and contributions to program diversity, including personal characteristics and life experiences. Preference is given to applicants who align with the program's mission and goals.
MSPA Student Entry Characteristics
Undergraduate & Youth Opportunities
The School of Medicine sponsors a number of programs to introduce undergraduate and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to careers in medicine and basic science research.