Admission Requirements & Procedures
The Bay Shore Campus Physician Assistant Program and the Winthrop Extension Center participate in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applicants must complete the online application at https://portal.caspaonline.org.
A new class of students is admitted to the program at the Bay Shore campus and enrolled each fall, and a new class begins at the Winthrop Extension Center each spring. Decisions on admission are made by a committee of PA Program faculty, and are based on an assessment of the applicant's past academic performance, potential for success in the program, as well as his/her understanding of and commitment to the PA profession. Classes in the BS/MS program at the Bay Shore campus begin in late August; classes in the BS/MS program at the Winthrop Extension Center in Mineola begin in January.
The deadline for receipt of the application with all accompanying documentation is March 1 for the Bay Shore campus and October 1 for the Winthrop Extension Center.
How to Apply
The Touro College PA Program requires applicants to be verified by the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and to submit supporting documentation by the deadline posted on the CASPA website. To ensure that an application is processed on time, CASPA recommends submitting materials at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline date.
For further information about applying through CASPA, plesae visit http://www.caspaonline.org
As part of the verification process on the CASPA website, all applicants are required to complete a Supplemental Application.
Updated transcript(s) for all coursework not verified in the CASPA application: may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions as they become available
3 letters of recommendation including a recommendation letter from a Physician Assistant must be included in your CASPA application. In order to confirm applicants have a clear understanding of the working relationship between physicians and physician assistants, the letter of recommendation from a PA cannot be substituted with a letter from another health care provider (i.e. RN, NP, paramedic)
The Supplemental Application instructions and accompanying forms can be found on CASPA during the application process.
The Supplemental Application includes:
- A $25 supplemental application fee. All applicants are required to pay a $25 Supplemental Application fee using the payment instructions provided through CASPA. The payment transaction number must be included on the Supplemental Application forms before they are uploaded to CASPA. Separate Supplemental Application documents and a separate fee will be required for each Touro location that you choose to apply for through CASPA.
- Verification of a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact health care experience, either volunteer or paid, must be documented on the Patient Contact Form and uploaded through CASPA. We recommend retaining a copy of this completed form for your records. It may be utilized if you are applying for a separate Touro location or a future admissions cycle.
Verification of a minimum of 20 additional hours "shadowing" a physician assistant, must be documented on the Physician Assistant Shadowing Form and uploaded through CASPA. We recommend retaining a copy of this completed form for your records. It may be utilized if you are applying for a separate Touro location or a future admissions cycle.
Official transcript(s) indicating (1) a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, (2) a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses, and (3) successful completion of 90 transferable semester credits — 60 of which must be in general liberal arts and sciences and specifically include 52 semester credits of prerequisites listed below — with grades of “C” or better* at an accredited college, university, or its equivalent. Please note: An applicant may apply to the program with prerequisite coursework in progress, but all prerequisite coursework must be completed a full semester prior to the start of the program. Pending coursework may, however, delay review of the candidate's application.
Distribution of 52 credits of specific prerequisites:
|General Biology I & II (with labs)||8 credits|
|General Chemistry I & II (with labs)||8 credits|
|Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry||4 credits|
|Anatomy & Physiology**||8 credits|
|Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology,Anthropology)||6 credits|
|English Composition and/or English Literature+||6 credits|
|Humanities (e.g., History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art)||6 credits|
|Mathematics (pre-calculus level or above)||3 credits|
* Advanced Placement courses taken in high school must have scores of 4 or 5 to transfer.
** Applicants who completed two Anatomy & Physiology courses for less than a total of 8 credits must satisfy the credit requirement by completing an additional elective in Biology or Chemistry.
+ Applicants must provide catalog descriptions for English courses not taught by an English department (e.g. through a core curriculum or honors program).
++ Please be aware that additional coursework may be required for applicants who complete prerequisite coursework at an institution that runs on a quarter-credit system.
- For applicants who do not hold a degree from an accredited college, university, or its equivalent, an official high school transcript or proof of GED.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not attend college in the U.S. or other English-speaking country, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a score of at least 560 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based), or 83 (Internet-based) (Note: the TOEFL exam does not fulfill or substitute for the 6-credit English prerequisite requirement).
- Foreign credentials must be evaluated by a Touro-approved agency such as the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A list of approved agencies can be found by visiting www.naces.org/members.htm
- All prerequisite science courses must be designed for science majors. Transfer of science courses designed for non-science majors, e.g., liberal arts, nursing, respiratory therapy, is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
- Applicants whose sciences prerequisites are more than 10 years old may be required to take refresher courses unless exempted by the PA Program Admissions Committee
- All prerequisite courses are offered by the School of Health Sciences' Undergraduate Studies department at the Bay Shore campus, as well as by Touro College's Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences and New York School of Career and Applied Studies.
- The PA program does not award academic credit for experiential learning.
- Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program. Although the program may consider candidates who hold an academic record which includes a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 science GPA, the average incoming students exceeded a 3.5 in both of these areas for the last four cohorts.
Policies and procedures regarding advanced placement? Standard A3.15(c)
Advanced placement is not granted for the Bay Shore and Winthrop PA program. All students must complete the full curriculum as delineated in its entirety. Please contact the Admissions department for any questions. For more information, please click here.
The program Admissions Committee evaluates an applicant's completed application and considers the following factors:
- Quality and content of the personal statement
- Strength of the recommendations made in the three letters
- Cumulative GPA
- Science GPA
- Nature and extent of health care experiences
Based on this evaluation, selected applicants are invited for a personal interview where they are assessed with regard to their understanding of the PA role, their motivation, maturity, intellectual qualities, insights, and interpersonal skills.
The Admissions Committee makes final decisions on admission to the program.
Students who do not meet established grade point standards or other established admission requirements detailed above may petition the PA Admissions Committee in writing for consideration. The petition must accompany the application. It should clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards or other requirements, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The Admissions Committee may choose to admit students who have not met established admission requirements, based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process. For applicants who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree, prerequisite courses of certain types may be waived at the discretion of the PA Program Director.
For information, please contact:
Physician Assistant Program/ Office of Admissions
Touro College School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Boulevard
Bay Shore, NY 11706