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.

For admission consideration, an applicant should possess the following admissions requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (preference given to 3.2+)
  • Minimum cumulative 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 (preference given to 3.25+)
  • A grade of C or higher in each prerequisite course (C- does not meet the requirement), which includes:
    • Human Anatomy & Human Physiology (two semesters of a combined Anatomy and Physiology course is acceptable)
    • Microbiology
    • General Chemistry I and II with General Chemistry Lab I and II
    • Statistics
    • Introduction to Psychology OR Developmental Psychology OR Abnormal Psychology
    • English Composition
    • Medical Terminology
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry is recommended, but not required
  • Biochemistry is recommended, but not required
  • All but two 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
  • 500 hours of direct patient care experience (see the prerequisites tab for a non-exhaustive list of what qualifies)
  • Complete the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program interview process (by invitation only).
  • Agree to and pass the criminal background check (no more than 45 days prior to the start of classes).
  • Submit the following healthcare documentation prior to the start of the Physician Assistant Program:
    • A physical examination (within the three months prior to matriculation).
    • Evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); varicella; tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap); hepatitis B, all according to CDC guidelines.
    • Evidence of an annual flu vaccine, according to CDC guidelines.
    • A 2-step PPD skin-test will be administered in weeks 1 and 2 of the didactic year to ensure that they are still valid for the clinical year, so a PPD test is not required ahead of matriculation, except for those who have previously tested positive for TB, who are required to provide a clean chest X-ray from within six months prior to matriculation.
    • Evidence of health insurance. Health insurance must be maintained throughout the program. Sullivan University does not offer health insurance to students.

Competitive Admissions

While all verified CASPA applications that meet our minimum requirements will be reviewed, this is a highly competitive process. As such, meeting the minimum prerequisites neither guarantees an interview nor admission to the Physician Assistant Program. To underline the competitive nature of our admissions process, we have provided below the average GPAs and healthcare experience hours of everyone who was invited to interview for the 2017 cycle:
-Average Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.51
-Average Prerequisite Science & Math GPA: 3.57
-Average Patient Contact Time: 2,768 hours
-Average Healthcare Experience: 1,143 hours
-Average Shadowing: 127 hours

Value Added Items

Please note that while not required, Sullivan University has identified the following value-added items which will be noticed and considered on an application:
-Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, and/or Molecular & Cellular Biology
-PA Shadowing Experience
-First-Generation College Students
-Students from Medically Underserved Areas
-Veterans of the US Armed Forces
-Variety in Breadth and Depth of Letters of Recommendation (not all from the same clinic, not all recent acquaintances)

The Sullivan PA Program is a graduate program of 24 months which recently graduated its first class in June 2016. Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program Inaugural Class of 2016 is 100% PANCE certified and 100% employed. 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

Didactic Year

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
First Quarter
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
Second Quarter
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
Third Quarter
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
Fourth Quarter
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


Clinical Year

RotationsTitlesCredit Hours
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
PA 607 Pediatrics
PA 608 Elective
Master Degree Project
PA 614 Capstone Project I
PA 615 Capstone Project II
Is the Physician Assistant Program at Sullivan accredited?

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.

Is your program offered online?

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.

Do you use CASPA?

Yes – The PA Program at Sullivan University uses CASPA. All applications must be submitted in a verified status between June 1 and September 1.

When do you accept applications?

The 2018 admissions cycle for the PA Program will open in CASPA on June 1, 2017 and close September 1, 2017.

Does your program utilize rolling admissions?

No – student interviews will be scheduled in early 2018. Decision letters typically go out one week after the final round of interviews.

How many students are accepted into the program?

The PA Program will admit 48 students in 2018

Does the program require a bachelor degree before application?

No, however, only two science and math pre-requisites may be outstanding at the time of application, and all official transcripts, including that for the bachelor’s degree, must be received by April 1, 2018, so those who graduate in May of 2018 are ineligible to apply for this cycle.

Does the PA Program require a specific undergraduate major?

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.

Do you require the GRE, GMAT or MCAT?


What prerequisites are required for the program?

English Composition
Psychology (Intro, Developmental or Abnormal)
Medical Terminology
General Chemistry I with lab
General Chemistry II with lab
Physiology (or Anatomy and Physiology I and II)

How can I make sure my courses will satisfy the prerequisites?

If you have questions about whether a course will be accepted as a prerequisite, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at 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.

Can I apply before I finish my prerequisites?

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 before matriculation.

I took some of the prerequisites 5 years ago. Is there a time limit for prerequisite courses?

We do not place a specific time limit or expiration on the prerequisites.

Can I apply before I complete the direct patient contact hours?

No. Applicants must complete at least 500 direct patient contact hours in order to apply.

I am a foreign medical graduate. What steps do I need to take to apply to the program?

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.

Who needs 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.

Does the program have specific GPA requirements?

Yes. The program requires:

  • Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (preference given to 3.2+)
  • Minimum math/science prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (preference given to 3.25+)
  • Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 (if applicable)
Will I be able to work during the program?

The curriculum for the PA Program is very rigorous, therefore, it is strongly recommended that students do not work while completing the program.

How do you calculate Math & Science Pre-Requisite GPAs?

We use the average of the credit-weighted grades for the following six courses ONLY: Anatomy & Physiology sequence (two courses), General Chemistry I with Lab, General Chemistry II with Lab, Microbiology and Statistics. Separate transcript line items/grades for A&P labs or Microbiology labs will NOT be factored into your Science & Math Pre-requisite GPA.

Can I use AP Credit to satisfy a Pre-Requisite Course Requirement?

Yes, so long as it appears as transfer credit on a university transcript. You will be given credit for the course equivalency as listed on the university transcript and we will view your application as having the pre-requisite course(s) satisfied. These courses will be treated as a pass/fail courses and will not be used to calculate math & science pre-requisite GPA.

How does pass/fail coursework factor into my Math & Science Pre-requisite GPA?

Pass/fail coursework with a grade of “Pass” or “P” will be viewed as satisfying the pre-requisite requirement, but these courses will be left out of GPA calculations.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Physician Assistant Gainful Employment Disclosure
*Gainful Employment Disclosure is based on information retrieved from the 2014 Supplement A. Rates for students starting the program in 2015 are still pending

Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program Inaugural Class of 2016 is 100% PANCE certified and 100% employed.


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.


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