Bachelor’s Degree Requirement

The Physician Assistant Studies Program is a post-baccalaureate health professions program. Applicants must provide evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university that is regionally accredited prior to enrollment. Bachelor's degrees obtained online will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the context of your whole application. 

Prerequisites

Official transcripts must show that all prerequisite coursework meets the required attributes. Prerequisite coursework may be met with the completion of online courses, except for the courses which require a lab. Laboratory prerequisites completed online will not be accepted.

Transfer Credit or Credit for Experiential Learning (Advanced Placement)

All courses within the curriculum are required. No credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning, prior coursework, degrees, certifications or advanced training. Transfer coursework (with a grade) to meet prerequisite requirements is acceptable. Advanced Placement courses taken in high school may not be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements

Application for Admission

Apply for admission using the online Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application. Following are the required criteria:

Grade-point Average

Minimum in science and overall: 3.00

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Official GRE scores are required. No minimum GRE score, however strength of GRE scores relative to the applicant pool will be considered as part of the admission process. (2017 Cohort Averages to be posted). The GRE must have been taken within five (5) years of the application date. Dominican University’s CASPA GRE Designated Institution Code: 7340. Dominican University does not accept official scores submitted directly to the University. The application is not considered complete without reflecting official scores directly in CASPA. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their scores are received by CASPA

Healthcare Experience

Volunteer or work experience in a healthcare setting: minimum of 500 hours. Verified documentation of experience must be uploaded with the CASPA application. The most competitive applicants have significantly greater than 500 hours of work experience, and this experience typically requires a period of training and results in direct involvement in patient care. Healthcare Experience Form (pdf)

PA Observation: minimum of 15 hours of direct observation (i.e.. shadowing) of PAs or attain an equivalent number of hours observing a physician assistant through providing direct patient care (e.g.. medical assistant for a PA). Shadowing is not counted as part of the healthcare experience prerequisite. Verified documentation of observation hours must be uploaded with the CASPA application. Observation Verification Form (pdf)

References

A total of three (3) references submitted on the official CASPA reference form are required. It is strongly recommended that students request references from the following:

  • Professor: A person who can attest to the applicant's academic preparedness for the program based on direct experience in a teacher-student relationship
  • Supervisor: A person who can attest to the applicant’s intrapersonal attributes and interpersonal communication abilities based on direct observation as supervisor of the applicant’s volunteer or work experience
  • Physician assistant: A certified, practicing PA that can attest to your commitment, knowledge, and preparedness for the profession based on shadowing or employment experience
Personal Statement

A personal narrative submitted through the CASPA portal is required, detailing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant. In your narrative, please reflect upon the interprofessional nature of the physician assistant's role in health care teams. No additional writing samples will be accepted with the initial application, however, you may be asked to write a brief essay at an interview, if offered.

Technical Standards

The Dominican University Physician Assistant Program is a demanding and concentrated program that places specific requirements and demands on all students enrolled in the program. The minimum technical standards establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level physician assistant. In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.