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Admissions Requirements

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Due to the limited number of available seats, the selection process for admission to the physician assistant bachelor's/master's program is extremely competitive.

Due to the limited number of available seats, the selection process for admission to the PA department is extremely competitive. We accept applications for admission from freshmen and transfer students. 

Qualified applicants are determined on the basis of several criteria:

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Written application materials
  • Results of personal interview, including narrative writing at the time of interview
  • Ability to master the rigorous academic content of the program
  • Emotional maturity and understanding of and motivation to enter the profession

Requirements: Incoming Freshmen

Admission to the Physician Assistant program is offered to a select group of students who meet the following criteria. Applications and all required documents must be submitted by November 1 for consideration.

  • Combined SAT score of at least 1170 (Math & EBRW sections) or a composite ACT score of 24 or higher.
  • A minimum class average of 85 percent.
  • Three years of math, one year of Chemistry and one year of Biology. Math and science subjects must have a minimum grade of at least 83 (B).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Admissions essay specifically addressing the topic of why the student wants to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.
  • Official documentation of at least 80 completed hours of direct patient interaction either through volunteer activities or employment activities.
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application.

Requirements: Transfer Students

Admission to the Physician Assistant program is offered to a select group of transfer students who meet the following criteria. Applications and all required documents must be submitted and verified by CASPA by October 1st. Please be aware that verification of applications can take up to 4 weeks.

  • A minimum overall and science GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earned grade of B- or better in all science courses (which can only be transferred in for direct credit to the program if they are less than six years old at the time of acceptance into the department).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Admissions essay specifically addressing the topic of why the student wants to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.
  • Documentation of at least 80 completed hours of direct patient interaction either through volunteer activities or employment activities.
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application.
Advanced Placement

The D’Youville PA program’s curriculum is administered in a sequential fashion with each subsequent semester of coursework building upon the previous one. Consequently, the program does not routinely consider applicants for advanced placement.

Interview and Acceptance

Following review of application materials, select applicants are invited for an interview by PA department faculty and practicing physician assistants. Not all applicants who meet the minimum application requirements will be invited to campus for an interview. 

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