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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

Is the PA Program offered at the Utah campus?
No. The RVU PA program is currently offered at the Parker, CO location.

When does the program begin? 
Orientation to the program will be held during the last week of August. Classes begin shortly after Orientation.

No prerequisite coursework is required?
Although there is no “required” prerequisite coursework, the program considers those courses listed under “Requirements and Prerequisites” as a foundation to physician assistant training. As such, the listed coursework is strongly recommended, but not a requirement for the program.

Does the GRE need to be taken within a certain time period prior to applying?
Yes, the GRE must be taken within the past 5 years. Official scores should be submitted directly to CASPA using our institutional code: 4111. We will not accept scores sent directly to the RVU PA Program. Please ensure scores are uploaded and visible on your application prior to submitting to CASPA.

Does the program accept experiences gained during a healthcare training program toward the required 1000 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience?
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. Therefore, experiences gained during training programs, including paid internship programs, do not count toward the required 1000 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience.

Do the 1000 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience have to be completed consecutively?
No.

Do the 1000 hours of paid healthcare-relevant experience have to be completed prior to application?
Yes.

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 late April 2021, 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 and forwarding of the application to the RVU PA Program may take up to 6 weeksThe PA program must receive verified applications by September 1, 2021, 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 date should applications be submitted by in order to ensure the file gets reviewed?
Files should be submitted by July 21, 2021, to allow enough time for processing and forwarding to the RVU PA Program.

How do I pay my application processing fee?
Once the application is completed and verified, the applicant will receive an email from Rocky Vista University’s Admissions Office with further information on how to pay the non-refundable processing fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they have met all requirements prior to submitting the fee.

How long is the program?
The program is seven semesters (27 months).

Can I make an appointment to talk to program faculty about my application or prerequisites? 
The PA program faculty and staff do not provide individual transcript, prerequisite or application advising. However, the Office of Admissions can offer general advising and inquiries can be directed to admissions@rvu.edu. We also highly recommend attending a general information session, which are held from April through August.

Will an arrest record preclude someone from being considered for the RVU PA Program?
An arrest will not preclude a candidate from being considered; however, an applicant cannot have been convicted of any criminal offense, regardless of its designation, involving a crime of moral turpitude or a crime against a child or elder. Please refer to the Admissions section of this website for information about background checks and drug screens.

What can be expected if I’m invited for an interview?
Each applicant will participate in 2 individual interviews and 1 group interview. A tour of the campus will be provided. Interview dates will be included with an invitation for an interview. Applications are reviewed in order of receipt and interview slots will be offered until filled.

Does RVU give preference to in-state vs out-of-state applicants?
No.

Can I make an appointment to talk to program faculty about my application or prerequisites?
We ask that you do not email the PA Program faculty (including the Program Director) with any questions/concerns related to your individual application. The faculty also cannot accept phone calls or emails from individuals in support of any applicant. All recommendations must be submitted officially through the candidate's CASPA application.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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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.

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RVU PA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Dana Filias, PAS II
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Campus Location
Colorado Campus

Hometown:
Manchester by-the-Sea, MA

Undergraduate studies:
Wake Forest University - B.S. Mathematical Economics .

What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
OB/GYN Club; AMWA, AAPA, and CAPA.

What initially brought you to RVU? Why did you decide to pursue this degree?
When I came across RVU I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from a brand new program, but it was a leap of faith that was worth taking. I got such a good feeling from the faculty and other students during my interview, and I have felt that same sense of community throughout my time here as well. RVU fosters a small, student-focused environment that allows you to build close relationships with classmates and professors alike.
Pursuing a career as a PA was always an easy choice for me. I have always been drawn to medicine, but I knew that the role of physician wasn't a perfect fit for me. I craved a role that would allow me the scope of practice to be able to manage patient's autonomously, but that would also provide more of a team-centric, collaborative approach to patient care. Being a PA will also afford me the ability to move around in my career and to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests, and hobbies)?
Much of my free time is spent exploring all of the hiking, scenic views, and craft beer that Colorado has to offer. I love catching a few rays of sunshine wherever possible, but when the weather keeps me indoors, you can find me in a spin class, cooking some variation of tacos, listening to podcasts, and diving into a good DIY project.

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I have never broken a bone!

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a professor or student while at RVU?
"Don't try to control the things that you cannot control." There are so many things in PA school and in life in general that will be beyond your control. It is a waste of time and energy to stress about these uncontrollable factors, and it won't make you feel any better. Instead, focus your energy on the things that you can control. If you did poorly on a test, don't argue it. Instead, rethink your study habits.

What are your medical interests?
I like little bits of everything that I have sampled while out on clinical rotations, but I would have to say that I am most drawn towards acute care and hospital medicine.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in RVU?
Some of my classmates and I made it a tradition to get brunch after every exam during didactic year. We would post-up at Snooze with stacks of pancakes and coffee and sit there chatting for hours on end. It was so much fun to have a few moments to decompress and recharge after a week or two of intense studying, and I will cherish all of those Friday hang-outs.  

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Think about where you are at right now. Think about how badly you want to go to PA school. Now, file that away in your brain for when times get tough. PA school is not easy, and the journey is not smooth. You might fall behind in sleep. You might have to miss out on a friends wedding, or a Holiday spent with your family. You might find the rigorous schedule to be frustrating and inconvenient. Whatever happens, however, you just have to continue to remind yourself why you are doing this and how grateful you are to be here, actively pursuing your dream.

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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