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CASPA Participation

 

The NGU PA Medicine programís application cycle will open at "approximately" 3:00 p.m. on April 27, 2017, and run through October 1, 2017, via the Central Application Service for PA (CASPA). Our next cohort will begin in January 2018. CASPA is an online application clearing house located at https://portal.caspaonline.org/.  As of June 2016, the cost for a CASPA application was $175 for the first program you apply to and $50 for each additional program.  As a general rule, CASPA does not refund application fees.  Information related to CASPA fees can be found here. The link between the NGU PA Medicine program, CASPA, and student candidates will be managed by the PA programís Director of Admissions. 

 

Information Sessions

Learn more about the PA Program at NGU by attending an Information Session. 

Application

 

The NGU PA program values fair admissions practices, evaluating applicants using the following objective criteria.

  • Transcripts
    • Overall Academic Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Pre Requisite (Science) GPA
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Letters of ĎProfessionalí Recommendation
  • Paid Health Care Experience
  • Physician or PA Shadowing and Volunteerism

Each of the preceding items will be given a weighted point value (based on preset objective criteria) and the combined score will be used to rank candidates for interview (pre-screen matrix).  The higher your score, the better your odds of being interviewed.

 

Transcripts

 

All Transcripts must be submitted and support completion of a bachelorís degree and required science prerequisites.

 

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

A bachelorís degree, from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA minimum (or B; B- is not acceptable) is required to matriculate. A candidate may apply prior to meeting this requirement provided they can complete it by October 1 preceding matriculation. To do this, official transcripts [sealed] from the college or university (confirming the degree and cumulative 3.0 GPA) must be received by NGUís PA Medicine program by October 31. If a selected candidate does not meet these deadline, he or she will relinquish their seat. Upon written request, NGU will consider an applicant whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 provided their last 60 SH of academic work produced a 3.3 or higher GPA. Pre-requisites (see below) must still meet the 3.0 per course requirement. Note: The average cumulative GPA for all programs in the U.S. is 3.49.

 

SCIENCE PREREQUISITE APTITUDE

All prerequisites must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited institution and EACH course must meet a minimum 3.0 GPA (or B; B- is not acceptable) requirements (prerequisite course completion recommended within last 5 to 7 years). Applicants with up to two remaining prerequisites may apply provided they complete the course with a 3.0 or higher GPA Ė before the first day of October preceding matriculation (if selected, official transcripts [sealed] from the college or university must be received by NGUís PA Medicine program by October 31 or a selected candidate will relinquish his/her seat). Note: the average undergraduate science GPA for all programs in the U.S. is 3.43.


Required Course Semester Hours Minimum

Anatomy and Physiology - Lecture and Lab

  • Human-based ONLY
  • NO online lab courses are accepted

 

Applicants can fulfill this requirement with one of the following options:

  • Taking two Human Anatomy and Physiology (with lab) courses (combined) for a total of 8 SH
  • Taking the Human Anatomy with lab (4 SH) and Human Physiology with or without a lab (3 SH) courses separately
  • Successful completion of the Special Operations Combat Medic Course

General Biology with Lab

  • Course designed for Biology Majors
  • NO online lab courses are accepted
  • Survey courses DO NOT meet this requirement (usually a 100 or 101 class)

General Biology with Lab Course (4 SH)

Other Biology

  • Course designed for Biology Majors
  • Survey courses DO NOT meet this requirement (usually a 100 or 101 class)

Applicants can fulfill this requirement with one of the following options (or equivalent) (3 SH to 4 SH):

  • General Biology II (with lab)
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Epidemiology
  • Biochemistry (can only be used once)

Microbiology

  • Microbiology for non-science majors are accepted
  • Online courses are accepted

Microbiology Course (3 SH)

General Chemistry with Lab

  • Course designed for Chemistry Majors
  • NO online lab courses are accepted
  • Survey courses DO NOT meet this requirement (usually a 100 or 101 class)

General Chemistry with Lab Course (4 SH)

Other Chemistry

  • Course designed for Chemistry Majors
  • Survey courses DO NOT meet this requirement (usually a 100 or 101 class)

Applicants can fulfill this requirement with one of the following options (or equivalent) (3 SH):

  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry (can only be used once)

Introductory to Psychiatry/Psychology or higher

Applicants can fulfill this requirement with one of the following options (or equivalent) (3 SH):

  • Introductory to Psychiatry
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Development Psychology
  • Psychology throughout the Lifespan

Statistic

  • Business Statistics is NOT accepted

Applicants can fulfill this requirement with one of the following options (or equivalent) (3 SH):

  • General Statistics
  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Biostatistics

Medical Terminology

Highly recommended

Note #1:  Military applicants may have met some prerequisite course requirements in their training.  For example, USAF Pararescueman training includes 12 SH of Emergency Medicine, 4 SH of Anatomy and Physiology, and 3 SH of Psychology.  The decision to accept or decline military training, as meeting a prerequisite, is at the discretion of the PA program director.  Since no letter grade is provided in these courses, they will be accepted Ďas isí when successful completion can be proven (DD214 verification).

  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

 

    The GRE is required for admission and the scores must have been taken and recorded within the last five years (at the time of application). 

    • This GRE requirement, however, is optional for applicants with a Masterís Degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
    • GRE is scored on a 130 to 170 scale for each section.  The writing score ranges from 1 to 6.   To be competitive, consider the following GRE score guidelines:
      • Best Scores: include a verbal score between 163 and 170, quantitative score between 165 and 170, and a writing score of 5 to 6.
      • Better Scores: include a verbal score between 158 and 162, quantitative scores between 159 and 164, and a writing score of 4.5.  
      • Good Scores: include a verbal score of 152 to 158, quantitative score of 153 to 158, and a writing score of 4.
      • Below Average Scores: include a verbal score 151 or lower, quantitative score 152 or below, and a writing score of 3.5 or below.
    • The NGU GRE Code is 7362

     

    PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

     

    Three letters of recommendation (each from a Ďprofessionalí source; should not be from a relation or close family friend)

     

    PAID HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE

     

      A minimum number of patient care hours are not required for admittance into the program.

      • A point value for paid health care experience, however, is added to the applicants overall score.
      • To receive points for health care experience it must be from paid position(s) and not volunteer work.  Exceptions include work as a paramedic or EMT when all emergency services are provided only on an all volunteer basis.  Note:  Clinical experience gained through a training program, as a student, does not count as paid health care experience.
      • Note: The average number of patient contact hours for a PA Applicant (based on data from all U.S. PA programs) is 3,350 hours.

      Common, Competitive, Direct Patient Care Experience Examples

      • Military (medic, corpsman, pararescueman, SERE specialist, etc.)
      • Emergency medicine (EMT, paramedic, ER technician, etc.)
      • Nursing (registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing asst, etc.)
      • Respiratory therapist
      • Medical assistant, Community health aid/practitioner, etc.

      Other Acceptable Allied Health Experience Examples

      • Mental health practitioner
      • Laboratory/medical technician
      • Radiology technician
      • Clinical research
      • Chiropractor
      • Emergency room or clinical scribe

      Positions NOT Meeting Direct Patient Care Prerequisites

      • Medical billing
      • Medical records
      • Medical interpretation
      • Medical transcriptionist
      • Patient scheduler
      • Anything considered administrative in nature

       

      PA Shadowing and/or Volunteerism

       

        A minimum number of PA Shadowing or Volunteer hours are not required for admittance into the program.

        • A point value for provider (PA/MD/DO) shadowing and volunteerism (mission work, soup kitchen, big brothers/sisters, etc.), however, is added to the applicants overall score.
        • Note:  Military veterans (with a DD214 showing honorable discharge) will receive the maximum volunteerism value.
        • Note:  the average number of shadowing and volunteer hours is:
          • Shadowing:  based on data from all U.S. PA programs is 151 hours
          • Volunteerism:  based on data from all U.S. PA programs is 710 hours

          

        Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

         

        An applicant whose native language is not English and who does not have a full year (two semesters) of composition or its equivalent in English studies must demonstrate skills in English understanding and use.  Recent scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) normally suffice.  TOEFL scores should be submitted with the CASPA application or directly to NGU Graduate Admissions when CASPA is not used.  Satisfactory scores are based on the testing format and include:

        • Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 100 with a minimum score of 20 on each section.
        • A total score of 600 on the paper TOEFL, with a score of 55 on the Listening Comprehension.
        • A total score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL.
        • A level 112 from the ELS Language Centers or other recognized evidence may be considered satisfactory, pending the Admissions Committee approval.

         

        Advanced Academic Placement & Special Considerations

         

        All NGU PA courses must be taken as part of the PA cohort and no advanced placement options are available.

         

        SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

        All North Greenville University graduates and military veterans (veterans must produce a DD214 showing an honorable discharge) who meet the PA Program admission requirements will be invited for an interview.  An invitation to interview, however, does not guarantee admittance to the program.

         

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