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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

The RVU PA Program reviews only verified applications. An application file will be considered complete and reviewable by the PA Program Admissions Committee after satisfactorily completing the following steps:

Step One: Complete the CASPA application.All applications must be submitted to and verified by CASPA by our September 1 deadline for consideration. The following must be submitted for the CASPA application to be considered complete:

  • CASPA online application (including responses to supplemental questions)
  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) scores within the past five (5) years
    • Scores sent directly to CASPA using code: 4111
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Step Two: Complete the RVU supplemental essay questions.The program requires a supplemental application to be completed and submitted with the CASPA application. The questions can be found within the CASPA application. Once the CASPA application and supplemental application have been submitted and verified by CASPA, the RVU Admissions Department will notify applicants by email with instructions to submit a $100 non-refundable candidate processing fee. This fee is separate from the required CASPA application fee. Applications are not reviewed by the RVU PA Program until the fee has been submitted to the RVU Admissions Department. RVU is a military-friendly institution and will waive the supplemental application fee for all veterans/active-duty military personnel and their spouses.

Interview

Applications are reviewed in order of receipt. The Program interviews approximately 110-150 applicants for a maximum cohort size of 36. Applicants are notified of the offer to interview by email and are expected to respond within 10 business days. Interview slots will be offered until filled. The selection process for the RVU PA Program is highly competitive. Applicants are reviewed on an individualized and holistic basis that includes but is not limited to the applicant’s commitment to service, academic ability, healthcare experience, letters of reference and potential for success in, and contribution to the profession. The program strives to admit those who will best meet the mission and goals of the program. Invitations are extended to those applicants that the Admissions Committee perceives to be competitive for admissions based on this holistic review.

Notification

Offers of acceptance are made continuously until the class is filled. Final decisions may not be complete until early Spring. Each applicant offered a seat in the class must acknowledge acceptance of the offer within ten (10) business days of their notification and submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit of $500.Prior to matriculating into the Program, accepted students must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check. **Applicants convicted of any criminal offense, regardless of its designation, involving a crime of moral turpitude or a crime against a child or elder, will not be considered.
  • Successfully pass a completed drug screen.
  • Submit documentation of current BLS (healthcare providers) certification.
  • Provide evidence of compliance with CDC guidelines for healthcare workers regarding immunizations, screening and freedom from communicable diseases.
  • All students must meet the technical standards of the PA Program prior to and throughout the program. Technical Standards can be found here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Learn more about the tuition payment schedule, individual health insurance status, and the tuition refund process.

The Physician Assistant Program processes hundreds of applications for admissions each year. Learn more about requirements for admissions including GRE scores, minimum prerequisite course work, and GPA requirements.

The MPAS curriculum is sequenced and designed to address and integrate the entrustable professional activities in which are contained the competencies the student must achieve to successfully enter the profession upon graduation.

 

RVU PA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Stephanie Bradford, PA

Hometown:
Broomfield, CO

Undergraduate studies:
Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado

What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
I currently serve as Class Representative for the PA 2021 class. I’m also a member of AMWA and I’m a tutor for the first year PA students.

Why did you choose RVU PA?
I chose RVU because the program fosters a supportive environment where every person you interact with is invested in your success. I felt welcome from the moment I arrived on interview day. The competency-based curriculum also drew me in because it evaluates learning and progress in a more holistic way.

What do you like most about RVU PA?
I love the bonds we have formed as a class. It feels like a family in the way that we all support each other. I also like that we can be involved in activities that connect with students outside of the PA program.

What are your medical interests?
I change my mind often as I get exposure to different fields, but currently I’m enjoying pediatrics and women’s health. Thankfully, as a PA, I can change specialties throughout my career.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
I’ve always been proud to call Colorado home. From the mountains to the cities, there’s always something to do or a new place to explore. The weather makes outside activities possible year round, and you never have to go more than a few days without seeing the sun.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love traveling, reading, baking, photography, and spending time with my family and friends.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Schedule time for yourself in your busy week to relax, do something you love, or call a friend. Even 30 minutes can make a huge difference in your attitude.

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CONTACT THE PA PROGRAM

COLORADO CAMPUS
8401 South Chambers Rd.

Parker, CO 80134
303-373-2008

For faster response, please direct inquiries to the PA Program:
admissions@rvu.edu