Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to educate medical professionals to provide ethical, high quality, and compassionate healthcare as part of an inter-professional team. Students will prepare for a professional role as clinicians with an emphasis on care in the primary care setting and underserved areas. The students will focus on preventive health care services as well as acute and chronic disease management in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Consistent with the goals of Sullivan University, the PA Program is dedicated to providing cutting-edge educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students. The program offers career-focused curriculum to promote the development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy and teamwork, as well as an appreciation for lifelong learning, cultural diversity and professionalism. The PA Program will pursue its mission and goals while embracing the core values of Teamwork, Compassion, Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity and Accountability.
The Sullivan PA Program is a graduate program of 24 months with plans to graduate the first class in June 2016. Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant. The Goals of the Sullivan University PA Program are to:
|PA 510||Principles of PA Practice I
|PA 511||Clinical Medicine I
|PA 512||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I||2|
|PA 514||Medical Microbiology
|PA 515||Genetics and Disease
|PA 516||Gross Human Anatomy||4|
|PA 517||Physiology and Pathophysiology I
|PA 524||Psychosocial Medicine||3|
|PA 520||Principles of PA Practice II
|PA 521||Clinical Medicine II
|PA 522||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
|PA 523||Patient History and Physical Examination I
|PA 525||Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application
|PA 527||Physiology and Pathophysiology II
|PA 545||Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine
|PA 530||Principles of PA Practice III
|PA 531||Clinical Medicine III
|PA 532||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III
|PA 533||Patient History and Physical Examination II||4|
|PA 534||Clinical Problem Solving I
|PA 535||Pediatrics and Women’s Health
|PA 537||Physiology and Pathophysiology III
|PA 540||Principles of PA Practice IV
|PA 541||Clinical Medicine IV
|PA 542||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV
|PA 543||Applied Clinical Skills
|PA 544||Clinical Problem Solving II
|PA 546||Principles of Surgery
|PA 547||Physiology and Pathophysiology IV
|PA 548||Principles of Emergency Medicine
|PA 549||Patient History and Physical Examination III||4|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR ENTIRE PROGRAM||155|
|PA 601||Behavioral and Mental Health
|PA 602||Emergency Medicine
|PA 603||Family Medicine
|PA 604||General Surgery
|PA 605||Internal Medicine
|PA 606||Obstetrics and Gynecology
|Master Degree Project|
|PA 614||Capstone Project I
|PA 615||Capstone Project II
The PA Program received Accreditation-Provisional by the Accreditation Review Commission for the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) in March 2014. Accreditation-Provisional is the accreditation status awarded to new programs who have demonstrated the ability to conduct a program but have not yet graduated any students. Programs in this category are carefully monitored and visited to ensure they are fulfilling their obligation to their students.
No – The Physician Assistant Program is a full-time, on campus, 24 month program. The first twelve months is dedicated to the didactic year and the second twelve months is spent in clinical rotations.
Applications to the PA Program at Sullivan University are handled in-house. We do not use CASPA.
The admissions cycle for the PA Program is open from May through October for the class to start the following June. The electronic application, recommendation form and direct patient contact form are posted on the PA Program website under the yellow highlighted tab “Application for Admission” when the cycle opens. All accompanying documentation must be postmarked by December 15th, i.e., transcripts, recommendations, etc. or application will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
Yes – when an application file is complete with all supporting documentation, it is reviewed by faculty who make a recommendation to interview or not interview. If approved, the applicant is scheduled for interview. The applicant will be notified of his/her status (accepted, waitlisted, or denied) within 2 weeks of interview.
The inaugural class was approved to start with 25 students in June 2014; the second class admitted 35 students for the June 2015 start; and the third class, which starts in June 2016, can admit up to 50 students.
No, however, all applicants must earn their bachelor’s degree by April 1st prior to matriculation in the program.
While many applicants have earned a bachelor degree in a science or health field, it is not required. Applicants are admitted from a variety of education, experience and background.
Psychology (Intro, Developmental or Abnormal)
General Chemistry I with lab
General Chemistry II with lab
Physiology (or Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
Other courses recommended but not required are: Organic Chemistry I with lab, Organic Chemistry II with lab and Biochemistry.
If you have questions about whether a course will be accepted as a prerequisite, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at PAProgram@sullivan.edu with the course name and number, course description and educational institution. The information will be reviewed and a response will be sent to you as soon as possible.
Yes. Candidates can submit an application as long as they have no more than two outstanding prerequisites and those courses are complete by April 1st.
We do not place a specific time limit or expiration on the prerequisites.
No. Applicants must complete at least 500 direct patient contact hours in order to apply.
Transcripts of foreign medical graduates must be evaluated by Worldwide Education Services WES) to establish equivalencies to university courses and grades in the United States. You will also be required to take the TOEFL exam.
Applicants whose “first” language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum of 26 must be scored in each category: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Yes. The program requires:
The curriculum for the PA Program is very rigorous, therefore, it is strongly recommended that students do not work while completing the program.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sullivan University Systems.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appears to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
your career as a Physician Assistant.