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.
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
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:
|PA 510||Principles of PA Practice I ||1.5
|PA 511||Clinical Medicine I ||5|
|PA 512||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I||2|
|PA 514||Medical Microbiology ||1.5|
|PA 515||Genetics and Disease ||1.5|
|PA 516||Gross Human Anatomy||4|
|PA 517||Physiology and Pathophysiology I ||2|
|PA 524||Psychosocial Medicine||3|
|PA 520||Principles of PA Practice II ||1.5|
|PA 521||Clinical Medicine II ||5|
|PA 522||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II ||3|
|PA 523||Patient History and Physical Examination I ||4|
|PA 525||Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application ||3|
|PA 527||Physiology and Pathophysiology II ||3|
|PA 545||Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine ||1|
|PA 530||Principles of PA Practice III ||1.5|
|PA 531||Clinical Medicine III ||5|
|PA 532||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III ||3|
|PA 533||Patient History and Physical Examination II||4|
|PA 534||Clinical Problem Solving I ||1|
|PA 535||Pediatrics and Women’s Health ||4|
|PA 537||Physiology and Pathophysiology III ||3|
|PA 540||Principles of PA Practice IV ||1.5|
|PA 541||Clinical Medicine IV ||3|
|PA 542||Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV ||2|
|PA 543||Applied Clinical Skills ||3.5|
|PA 544||Clinical Problem Solving II ||1|
|PA 546||Principles of Surgery ||2.5|
|PA 547||Physiology and Pathophysiology IV ||3|
|PA 548||Principles of Emergency Medicine ||2|
|PA 549||Patient History and Physical Examination III||4|
|TOTAL HOURS FOR ENTIRE PROGRAM||155|
|PA 601||Behavioral and Mental Health ||8|
|PA 602||Emergency Medicine ||8|
|PA 603||Family Medicine ||8|
|PA 604||General Surgery ||8|
|PA 605||Internal Medicine ||8|
|PA 606||Obstetrics and Gynecology ||8|
|PA 607||Pediatrics ||8|
|PA 608||Elective ||8|
|Master Degree Project|
|PA 614||Capstone Project I ||3|
|PA 615||Capstone Project II ||3|
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.
Yes – The PA Program at Sullivan University uses CASPA. All applications must be submitted in a verified status between June 1 and September 1.
The 2018 admissions cycle for the PA Program will open in CASPA on June 1, 2017 and close September 1, 2017.
No – student interviews will be scheduled in early 2018. Decision letters typically go out one week after the final round of interviews.
The PA Program will admit 48 students in 2018
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.
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)
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 before matriculation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
your career as a Physician Assistant.