Physician Assistant

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AS LITTLE AS 24 MONTHS

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)

Didactic Year

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
TOTAL22.5
First Quarter
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
TOTAL20.5
Second Quarter
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
TOTAL20.5
Third Quarter
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
TOTAL21.5
Fourth Quarter
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

 

Clinical Year

RotationsTitlesCredit Hours
TOTAL HOURS FOR ENTIRE PROGRAM155
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
TOTAL64
Master Degree Project
PA 614 Capstone Project I
3
PA 615 Capstone Project II
3
TOTAL6
Is the Physician Assistant Program at Sullivan accredited?

Yes. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sullivan University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.

The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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. Applications may be submitted between May 1 and August 1 and must be verified on or before August 1.

When do you accept applications?

The 2019 admissions cycle for the Sullivan University PA Program opens on May 1, 2018 and closes August 1, 2018.

Does your program utilize rolling admissions?

No – student interviews will be scheduled in late 2018. Decision letters should go out by the end of the year.

How many students are accepted into the program?

The PA Program will admit 48-50 students in 2019

Does the program require a bachelor degree before application?

Yes, however, only two science and/or 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 1st prior to matriculation.

Does the PA Program require a specific undergraduate major?

No, though 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?

No.

What prerequisites are required for the program?

English Composition
Psychology (Intro, Developmental or Abnormal)
Medical Terminology
Statistics
General Chemistry I with lab
General Chemistry II with lab
Microbiology
Anatomy
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 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.

Can I apply before I finish my prerequisites?

Yes. Candidates may submit an application if 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 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. Students for whom English is not their primary language are 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 students may not work while in 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

Current cost breakdown for new enrolling students may be found here.

Accreditation Continuing

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sullivan University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.

The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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