Application FAQs

I am ready to apply, but am still working on my prerequisites. How many courses may be pending at the time of application?

Up to two courses may be pending at the time of application via CASPA. However, all courses must be completed by September 1. Note: The application deadline is August 1. Updated official transcripts should be sent to CASPA in a timely manner to update your application. It is recommended that coursework be completed within five years of the class start date.

When is the deadline for prerequisite coursework to be completed?

All prerequisite courses must be completed by September 1.

Do you accept online and hybrid courses? 

The program will honor course credits for prerequisite courses completed online and through hybrid classes from regionally accredited institutions, but does not accept online prerequisite laboratory courses.

No online laboratories are accepted for prerequisite requirements.

Is a laboratory required for the Anatomy prerequisite?

Yes, the required 4-credit hours of Anatomy would need to include a one-credit laboratory (lab may not be online).

Can I take Anatomy and Physiology as a combined course?

Yes, Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken as a combined two-sequence course for a minimum total of 6-credit hours, including a one-credit lab.  If no lab is included, a one-credit anatomy lab would need to be taken in addition to the course (lab may not be online).

I am ready to apply, but I have not completed the minimum shadowing or health care hours yet. Can you still consider my application while I work on getting these complete?

Beginning in 2017, verification of shadowing and healthcare experience must be included with your completed application. The most competitive applicants have demonstrated completion of these items beyond the minimum requirements at the time of application submission. Therefore, we will not consider an application complete without the minimum documentation. No additional documentation will be accepted after your application is submitted through CASPA.

I work alongside physician assistants often at my job. Does this count as shadowing/observation?

Yes. Please give us your best estimate of hours, and provide the contact information and signature of at least one PA for verification on the required form. Also, if you have a recommendation letter from a physician assistant, which indicates a working relationship of a specific time frame, we will count this towards shadowing hours.

What is considered for the required Health Care Experience hours?

A minimum of 1,000 hours of Health Care Experience (HCE) is required upon application.

See the Cohort Composites page for the actual averages of HCE hours that each admitted cohort had in the past.

Healthcare Experience should consist of volunteer or paid work experience involving direct patient contact or interaction.

Qualifying roles can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Degree-specific roles: Dietitian, Nurse/RN, Athletic Trainer
  • Certification-required roles: Medic, CNA/Medical Assistant, Anesthesia Tech, EMT, Patient Care Tech, Home Health Aide, etc.
  • Other roles that may not require certification: Opthalmic Tech, Nurse Aide, PT Aide, Rehab Aide, ER Tech, Phlebotomist, Medical Scribe, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant

The following roles do not count as Health Care Experience:

  • Clerical position in a medical setting
  • Sports coach
  • Laboratory technician
  • Veterinary technician
  • Personal Trainer
  • Babysitter
How do I submit my Health Care Experience and PA Shadowing Hours?

The forms for Health Care Experience and PA Shadowing hours need to be uploaded to the application in CAPSA. This is the sole responsibility of the applicant. A separate form is needed for each supervisor verifying the hours. The forms can be obtained on our website under "Admission Requirements-Healthcare Experience" as follows:

  • Healthcare Experience Form: to verify for all direct patient care hours
  • Observation Verification Form: to verify PA shadowing hours (must be signed by a PA)

There are four slots in the CASPA application in which to upload versions of the forms. If you have more than four forms, you will have to use a scanner to scan multiple forms combined into one document. Please group "like" forms in a slot. Health Care Experience forms are a separate form than PA Shadowing forms.

Do I still need to enter the details of my PA shadowing and Health Care Experience in CASPA if I submit my forms?

Yes. These should be entered under “Experiences.” This will assist Faculty reviewing your application in knowing the details of your experiences. The forms are for verification purposes only.

My GPA does not meet the minimum. I believe my total GPA does not reflect my true ability. Will you consider an exception?

We encourage you to address previous academic shortcomings in your personal statement. In order to be a competitive applicant, our minimum requirement for science GPA and overall GPA is 3.00.

When will I hear about the status of my application?

We begin screening your application once it enters “verified” status by CASPA. Sometimes, it can take up to 4 weeks to be verified in CASPA. We will consider your application “complete” once we have received all required materials, including official GRE scores, Health Care and Observation Verification, and three letters of recommendation. At this time, we will let you know by e-mail that your application is complete and under review. If your application appears to be missing any items, or does not meet our minimum criteria, we will contact you as well. Once your application is complete, you may be notified at any time during the application cycle if you are invited for an interview. Our interviews will begin in June.

What happens after I interview?

The admission committee meets monthly. While some offers of admission are extended early, others may be extended at any time during the interview cycle, regardless of how early you interview. Due to our rolling admission process we will make our best effort to notify you of decisions in a timely manner. All notifications of final decisions will be sent by the end of January.

What is meant by rolling admission?

Rolling admission means that we begin reviewing applications and offering interviews as the applications are completed. We do not wait until all applications are submitted before beginning to review them all. This does not guarantee an interview to those who apply early, nor does it rule out those who apply closer to the deadline. However, it is to your advantage to apply early with a complete and competitive application. It is possible that we may have filled all interview spots before the application deadline.

Can I meet with faculty to review my application or discuss my candidacy?

At this time we are unable to offer individual meetings or discussions with faculty to review application materials. CASPA application materials received by the August 1 deadline will be reviewed equally by the committee once submitted and complete. We recommend having your application reviewed by a pre-health advisor or trusted mentor. We also encourage all prospective applicants to attend one of our information sessions offered at various times during the year, at which time you are encouraged to meet and speak with faculty. Please check our website periodically for dates.

Do you accept international medical graduates?

We will consider any applicant who meets the minimum criteria, which must include a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution within the United States. No exceptions can be given for work experience or international degrees. Individual coursework taken outside of the U.S. will be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. studying abroad).

Curriculum FAQs

How is anatomy taught in your program?

Anatomy is taught over a semester in lecture and lab formats. Anatomy lab is approached in a hybrid manner: half of lab time is spent studying virtual cadavers with the Anatomage Table, and half the time utilizes traditional cadaveric study.

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.