Applying to our PA Program

Program Overview

  • 24 month Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Schedule: Full time, year-round
  • Total number of students accepted per year: 36
  • You must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution before matriculation into this program. We are not currently able to accept applications from international students.

Prerequisites

Johnson & Wales University has temporarily revised its prerequisite policy in response to the many institutions that have instituted non-traditional grading during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy allows the acceptance of prerequisite courses with non-letter grades (P/F, S/U) earned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A minimum 29 of the required 33 prerequisite credits (including associated labs) must be completed by the end of December in order to be considered for the following June start. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of May. An official transcript reflecting a grade of “C” or better must be provided before classes start the first week of June. Students accepted before all prerequisite coursework has been completed will be accepted on a provisional basis.

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA)*
  • Minimum overall BCP (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA)*
  • 8 credits of Biology with labs. Microbiology preferred
  • 8 credits of Chemistry with labs
  • 8 credits Anatomy & Physiology (coursework expires after 7 years)
  • 6 credits of Behavioral Science; Psychology and Sociology coursework preferred
  • 3 credits college-level math; Statistics preferred
  • Minimum 250 hours of direct, hands-on patient care experience. (See FAQs for more detail on acceptable forms of patient care experience.)
  • PA shadowing is required (no minimum total of hours)
  • Three letters of recommendation

*All CASPA calculations are considered final.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted directly to CASPA.
  • Our program operates on a rolling admissions basis. Our application opens with CASPA in late April; we continue to accept applications through our March 1 deadline but applying earlier in the cycle is highly recommended.
  • We do not require a supplemental application.
  • GREs are not required.

Admissions Process

  • The Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee reviews applications. Qualified candidates are offered an on-campus interview to assess interpersonal and communication skills, as well as overall commitment to a career as a PA.
  • After each interview day, qualified candidates will be offered acceptance into JWU’s PA program. Candidates that are not offered admissions after the interview may be placed on a wait list. Students that are selected from the wait list will be notified immediately of their acceptance.
  • After an offer of acceptance is made by JWU, the applicant will have 4 weeks to accept or decline the offer. Once an applicant accepts an offer, a $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit must be made to JWU. This deposit will hold the applicant’s place in the class. The total deposit fee will be applied to the cost of tuition once the student matriculates.

Matriculation

Before matriculation, accepted applicants must:

  • Obtain a physical exam and provide documented proof of program- and university-required immunizations as listed in our Accepted Student Guide, which is mailed to all accepted students. Program immunization requirements are based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for health professionals.
  • Students may also be required to meet the physical examination requirements of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program. These facilities may have specific requirements in addition to JWU’s requirements.
  • Provide proof of a negative national criminal background check performed by the program-approved agency. These are required by clinical training sites and state licensing boards. Students will be subject to drug screens as required by clinical training sites. These are both costs to the student and paid directly to the screening agency.
  • Provide documented proof of a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification.

This information must be presented prior to registration. Matriculation is subject to completion of these requirements and submission of appropriate documentation.

Note: To participate JWU’s PA program, each student — with or without reasonable accommodations — must be able to safely and effectively meet the following technical standards.

Technical standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities that a student must be able to perform in order to be admitted, to progress satisfactorily, and to graduate from the program and subsequently enter clinical practice.