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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.

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

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Student Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission by November 1
  • Official high school transcripts
    • A minimum class average 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math.
    • Math and science subjects must have a minimum grade of at least 83 (B).
    • One year high school science courses in biology/living environment and chemistry.
  • 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 to be submitted prior to the start of the didactic year of the program (year 3).
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

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.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for competitive applicants
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • 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). Specific upper-level science courses need to be taken within 18 months; please see the D'Youville course catalog regarding coursework.
  • 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 to be submitted prior to the start of the didactic year of the program.
  • Compliance with technical standards of the profession as noted in the application. 
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
 
 

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 consider applicants for advanced placement.

Interview and Acceptance

Following a 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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