Minimum Prerequisites for Application

Physician Assistant Program

IMPORTANT: All requirements, including prerequisites and bachelor degree, must be complete by April 1 prior to matriculation. Prerequisites do not have to be completed through the Sullivan University System. Meeting the minimum prerequisites neither guarantees an interview nor admission to the Physician Assistant Program.

Semester
Quarter
Hours
Hours
English Composition
3
4.5*
Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, or Abnormal Psychology
3
4.5*
Medical Terminology (at least one hour course)
1-3
1-4
Statistics
3
4.5*
General Chemistry I and II with General Chemistry Lab I and II
8
12
Microbiology
3
4.5*
Human Anatomy
3
4.5*
Human Physiology (or two courses A & P combined)
3
4.5*
Total
27
39

*Students who completed four quarter hours can be considered as their respective semester equivalent course hours.
Prerequisite Courses Available at Sullivan University System Schools

The following is a list of courses which are offered at The Sullivan University System locations that will satisfy some of the prerequisites for application to the Physician Assistant Program:

English CompositionENG 101 (Composition I)
Introduction to Psychology orPSY 214 (Introduction to Psychology) OR
Development PsychologyPSY 274 (Developmental Psychology)
Medical TerminologyHIM 101 (Medical Terminology)
StatisticsMTH 202 (Introduction to Statistics)
MicrobiologyBIO 201 (Medical Microbiology)
Human Anatomy & Physiology IBIO 202 (Anatomy and Physiology I)
Human Anatomy & Physiology IIBIO 204 (Anatomy and Physiology II)
General Chemistry I and IICHM 201 General Chemistry I with lab (online)
AND
CHM 202 General Chemistry II with lab (online)

Additional Requirements for Applicants:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (preference given to 3.2+).
  • Earn a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 (if applicable).
  • Earn a math and science pre-requisite grade point average of at least 3.0 (preference given to 3.25+).
  • Grade of C or higher must be obtained in all prerequisite courses (C- does not meet the requirement)
  • Grades from all non-remedial courses completed post-high school are used to calculate the grade point averages (non-remedial courses are courses numbered 100 or higher).
  • Prior to consideration of an application, all but two of the prerequisites must be completed with a grade posted on the official transcript(s).
  • At least 500 direct patient contact hours from, but not limited to the following:
    • nursing
    • medical assistant
    • respiratory therapy
    • medic, corpsman
    • occupational therapy
    • occupational therapy assistant
    • physical therapy
    • physical therapy assistant
    • EMS/paramedic
    • nursing assistant
    • surgical or ER tech
    • athletic trainer
    • counselor in health care setting
    • dental hygienist or assistant
    • medical scribe
    • veterinary technician
    • pharmacy technician
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 26 in each section (if applicable).
  • Complete a personal statement with the application.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a PA, MD, or DO.
  • 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 2018 cycle:
Average Cumulative Undergraduate GPA: 3.53
Average Prerequisite Science & Math GPA: 3.56
Average Patient Contact Time: 3,158 hours
Average Healthcare Experience: 1,513 hours
Average Shadowing: 143 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)
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