When does the program begin?
The first class of students will matriculate September 2018, following the Labor Day holiday. Orientation to the program will be held during the last week of August. Matriculation is contingent upon the program receiving accreditation-provisional.
Is a bachelor’s degree required?
Yes, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university must be completed prior to matriculation.
What are the prerequisites?
Program prerequisites are listed in the Admissions section of this website. There are no exceptions granted to these requirements.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Reference to this can be found in the Admissions section of this website.
Can I be finishing a prerequisite course at the time of application?
Yes. You may submit an application with courses in progress. However, all courses must be completed with a satisfactory grade prior to matriculation.
Is there a minimum number of previous healthcare experience hours required to apply?
Yes. The program requires a minimum of 1000 hours of paid healthcare relevant experience. Reference to this requirement can be found under the Admissions section of this website.
Does the program accept experiences gained during a healthcare training program toward the required 1000 hours of paid healthcare relevant experience?
No. While we understand many students will have participated in clinical encounters during a healthcare training program, the level of responsibility for students is different than that of a paid employee. Paid employees are typically required to provide care to patients that students are not expected to provide.
How does the program define healthcare relevant experience?
Defining healthcare relevant experience will be left to the applicant to describe as part of the application process. The program does not identify specific experiences.
When can I apply for admission?
The program partners with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The CASPA application cycle will open on April 27, 2017 and applicants to the RVU PA Program can begin the application process on or after this date. CASPA will forward to the RVU PA program only those applications that have been successfully verified.
How long does the CASPA verification process take?
Once an applicant has completed and submitted the CASPA application, CASPA will verify that the information provided is accurate. The verification process may take up to 4 weeks. Once an application is verified by CASPA, it is forwarded to the RVU PA program for consideration.
Forwarding of applications may take an additional 2 weeks beyond that of verification. The PA program must receive verified applications by December 1, 2017 in order to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to consider deadlines carefully and start the application process early. Please refer to the CASPA website for additional information: https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
What will the curriculum be?
Course descriptions are listed in the Curriculum and Course Descriptions section of this website.
How long is the program?
The proposed program is seven semesters (27 months).
Do I have to take the prerequisites within a certain period of time?
All prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. There is no period of time previous to which prerequisites will not be accepted. However, experience has shown that students who have taken the prerequisites within the last five years do better academically.
Can I make an appointment to talk to program faculty about my application or prerequisites?
No. Neither the program faculty nor staff provide individual transcript, prerequisite or application advising, however, the RVU Office of Admissions does provide advising. Inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will an arrest record preclude someone from applying to the RVU PA Program?
An arrest will not preclude a candidate from being considered; however, anyone convicted of a felony will not be accepted into the program. Please refer to the Admissions section of this website for information about background checks and drug screens.
Does the program accept AP credits to fulfill a prerequisite?
No. Only graded coursework appearing on the college transcript will be considered to fulfill the prerequisite requirements of the program.