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)

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. 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

Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program (SUPAP) was granted Accreditation-Provisional by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant in 2014.

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.

SUPAP maintains a rigorous self-assessment process in keeping with both the ARC-PA Accreditation Standards and Sullivan University’s own Continuous Improvement Circle.

Provide a technologically-proficient teaching and learning environment

The PA Program has adopted many technologies in the classroom since the program began, with new technologies being embraced as they reach the market. Here are five highlights of these improvements:

ANGEL Learning – used with the first three cohorts, this online learning management system provided ease of access and flexibility for accessing online coursework – ANGEL is/what accessible from most smartphones and tablets in addition to desktop and laptop computers.

Blackboard Ultra – The Ultra experience is the term for the new user interface that is more personalized, proactive, and intuitive for learners and educators. The experience includes a new navigation and activity stream, an upgraded messaging system, and a new student-facing APP for checking grades, interacting with instructors/classmates, and submitting assignments. Sullivan University is an early adopter of the Ultra platform and one of a handful of Universities currently using the “Ultra” version of blackboard.

Panopto – Developed at Carnegie Mellon University, trusted by over 600 institutions worldwide. This video software allows us to record the PowerPoint/visual instruction media in a classroom in real time and then pair it with real-time audio from the same lecture. Students can view and review these videos to study or in the case of an absence.

eMedley – This health-science LMS allows us to map our curriculum to accreditation standards, conduct electronic assessments inside the classroom, as well as conduct evaluations electronically, among several other features.

Examsoft –  This embedded assessment platform was designed to help educators create, administer, and analyze efficient exams and is used throughout the PA program for electronic testing

Continuously improve and enhance the educational experience of our students
2014 2015 2016 2017
# of Program Improvements Reported to ARC-PA Per Year  5 28  15  13
Recruit, retain and develop dedicated faculty and clinical faculty
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Total Principal Faculty 4 6 8 7
New Faculty 1 3 2 1
Faculty Turnover 1 0 2 0
Faculty Retained At Year’s End 3 6 6 N/A
Promote a culture of teaching excellence by continued clinical practice and scholarly activities
2014 2015 2016 2017
       
Principal Faculty that still Practices  2 4 6  5
Adjunct Faculty that still Practices  3  3  3  2*

*This number is smaller in 2017 because we currently have an adjunct faculty opening.

Provide a rich and diverse culture for students’ optimal learning experiences
Class Info At Matriculation Gender Race/Ethnicity Age At Application Other Demographics
Class Of Students In Cohort Male Female Black Asian White Two Or More Races Decline To Respond Hispanic 18-24 25-49 50+ Veteran First Generation College Student Medically Underserved Area Economically Disadvantaged
2016 23 5 18 1 2 19 1 0 1 9 14 0 0 No Data* No Data* No Data*
2017 36 19 17 2 1 7 3 23 0 10 26 0 3 No Data* No Data* No Data*
2018 41 14 27 2 4 28 6 1 1 19 21 1 6 No Data* No Data* No Data*
2019 48 21 27 1 2 36 0 7 3 30 18 0 0 12 6 4
*These cohorts did not apply using CASPA and this information was not collected for the first three cohorts
Provide a competency-driven, practice-based training experience for students
Grad Year Attempt # # of Students Attempting # of Exam Attempts # of Exams Passed Program Pass Rate National Exam Pass Rate for this Grad Year % of students that ultimately passed
2016 First Time 22 22 20 91 96 100
2016 All Attempts 22 24 22 92 93 100
Serve the Community as part of the Mission of the Physician Assistant Program and education of the students
2016
Number of Graduates  22
Number of Graduates certified to work as PAs one year after graduation  22
Contribute to the provision of high quality, compassionate healthcare to meet growing demand for primary care services, particularly to underserved populations
2016
Graduates who reported they regularly provide care to medically underserved populations or regions 14%
Graduates who reported they do NOT regularly provide care to medically underserved populations or regions 9%
No Response To Survey* 77%

*This question will be included on our Annual Employment Survey in the future to ensure a greater response rate

Support the advancement of Physician Assistant education and practice in the Commonwealth and the nation
Grads Employed By State Class of 2016*
Kentucky 10
Florida 2
Tennessee 2
Minnesota 1
Texas 1
California 1
Pennsylvania 1
New York 1
Georgia 1
Indiana 1
No Response 1

*Results from Employment Survey 4/16/17

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. 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
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. Sullivan University 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. Applications may be submitted between June 1 and September 1 and must be verified on or before September 1.

When do you accept applications?

The 2018 admissions cycle for the Sullivan University PA Program opened on June 1, 2017 and closes 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 interviews.

How many students are accepted into the program?

The PA Program admitted 48 students in 2018

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-Provisional

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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