Sullivan University is applying for accreditation-provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2014, pending accreditation-provisional in March 2014 of ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
Master of Science in Physician Assistant (A Developing Program)
Sullivan University College of Health Sciences is currently developing a Physician Assistant Program whose 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 the Sullivan University College of Health Sciences, 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 will be 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:
- Establish a sound Physician Assistant Program based on rigorous assessment and compliance with accreditation standards established for achieving excellence
- Provide a technologically-proficient teaching and learning environment
- Continuously improve and enhance the educational experience of our students
- Recruit, retain, and develop dedicated faculty and clinical faculty.
- Provide a rich and diversified culture for students' optimal learning experiences
- Provide a competency-driven, practice-based training experience for students
- Serve the Community as part of the Mission of the Physician Assistant Program and training of the students
- Contribute to the provision of high quality, compassionate healthcare to meet the growing demand for primary care services, particularly to underserved populations.
- Support the advancement of Physician Assistant education and practice in the Commonwealth and the nation.
The Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program will submit all required documents to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and will host an in-person accreditation site visit in January 2014. Accreditation-provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program.
The Physician Assistant Class entering in June 2014 has already been selected contingent on the extension of provisional accreditation by the ARC-PA, Inc. Should the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program NOT receive accreditation-provisional, any deposit monies will be refunded to the student.
For 2015 admission consideration, an applicant should possess the following admissions requirements:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Minimum math and science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- A “C” or higher in each prerequisite course, which include:
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology (two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology course is acceptable)
- General Chemistry I and II with General Chemistry Lab I and II
- Introduction to Psychology OR Developmental Psychology OR Abnormal Psychology
- English Composition OR a Communications course
- 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry is recommended, but not required
- At least 70% of the math and science prerequisites must be completed with a grade posted on the official transcript prior to consideration of an application
- All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
- A minimum TOEFL score of 26 in each section (if applicable)
- Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a PA, MD, or DO
- Personal statement with application
- 250 hours of direct patient care experience
- Successful personal interview
Meting the minimum prerequisites neither guarantees an interview or admission to the PA program.
A career as a Physician Assistant is exciting and rewarding. Physician Assistants are necessary members of the healthcare team delivering quality care around the world and in every area of medicine. Sullivan University has developed an innovative and comprehensive curriculum that will optimize the learning experience of PA students; to develop a high level of critical thinking in service to humanity, compassionate care, and professionalism.
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