Admission Requirements & Procedures
The Manhattan Campus Physician Assistant Program participates 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 and enrolled each fall. Decisions on admission are made by a committee of Manhattan Campus PA Program faculty, and are based on an assessment of the applicant's past academic performance, potential for success in the program, as well his/her understanding of and commitment to the PA profession. Classes in the BS/MS program at the Manhattan campus begin in late August.
For the class entering Fall 2014, the deadline for receipt of the application with all accompanying documentation is January 15, 2014. Applicants with superior academic records may wish to avail themselves of our "early decision" option, for which the application deadline is November 1, 2013. Candidates choosing this option will receive priority consideration in the admission process.
The following are required for consideration for admission to the Fall 2013 entering class:
- 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.
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, N.Y. 11706