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Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include:
Knowledge and understanding of the PA profession
Quality and length of prior health care experience
Academic performance and level of achievement
Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, altruistic attitude, and commitment to a PA career.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale at the time of application and must maintain that GPA through matriculation. Successful applicants in the past have typically had cumulative grade point averages in the range of 3.3 to 3.5 and higher.
Course work, particularly required and recommended prerequisites, completed in the recent past is deemed to be more relevant to the related content in the professional curriculum and serve as better preparation than course work completed in prior years. Academic preparation is considered on a case by case basis in the context of health care experience, etc.
Recommended courses are regarded as important elements of comprehensive preparation for application and success in the curriculum.
Introductory and survey courses are not accepted to fulfill the required science prerequisites.
Required Courses: The college requires applicants to earn a grade of "C" or better in each of the following required subjects:
College Math - 3 semester hours
English (including 3 semester hours of English Composition) – 6 semester hours
Humanities/Arts - 3 semester hours
Social Sciences - 9 semester hours
General Inorganic Chemistry (I & II) including lab - 8 semester hours
Microbiology including lab - 4 semester hours
General Biology (or Zoology) including lab - 4 semester hours
Human Anatomy & Physiology - 6 semester hours
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry - 3 semester hours
Human Genetics - 3 semester hours
Medical Terminology – 1 semester hour
NOTE: Graduates of foreign institutions where English is not the primary language of instruction must present transcripts showing at least 18 semester hours of study from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Of these 18 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours; 3 semester hours must be in English Composition, 3 semester hours must be in English Literature, and 3 semester hours must be in Public Speaking (courses do not include ESOL). The remaining nine semester hours can be any course of the applicant's choosing excluding physical education.
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry lab - 1 semester hour
Anatomy lab - 1 semester hour
Physiology lab - 1 semester hour
Introduction to Statistics - 3 semester hours
Applicants are encouraged to complete their elective course work in the areas of behavioral, physical and social sciences, or humanities. Upon review of a student's record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional course work and testing as a condition of acceptance. In addition, previous clinical experience is highly recommended.
GRE Standardized Test
All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test through the CASPA admissions portal. The CASPA GRE number for the Jacksonville program is 0952. Your GRE scores must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by February 15th. Applications will not be considered complete without GRE scores.
For further information contact:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) http://www.gre.org
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Two letters of recommendation must be from health care professionals (neither of which can be a relative, friend, or personal health care provider), one of which must be a physician or PA. The third letter of recommendation can be from an individual (other than a relative or friend) such as an academic advisor, professor, or supervisor.
Computer Skills: All applicants must show evidence of computer skills through course work or self study prior to the end of the first term. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU Microcomputer Laboratory or other training facilities.
Recommended Healthcare Experience
Prior healthcare experience is highly recommended and is considered for admission. Applicants must submit verifiable information about prior healthcare experience in order to be competitive for admission to the program. The most current PA program brochure, university catalog, and application information should be consulted for the most up-to-date information
The Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program-Jacksonville DOES NOT grant advanced standing to any matriculant.