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Physician Assistant Program - Fort Lauderdale

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA) which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include:

  • personal motivation
  • interpersonal skills
  • knowledge of the PA profession
  • quality and length of prior health care experience
  • academic performance and level of achievement
  • recommendations/evaluations
  • life experiences, and recommendations

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 in order for your application to be considered. Successful applicants in the past have typically had both cumulative and science GPAs of 3.4 or higher, GRE score (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) in the 40th percentile or higher in each of the three categories, and letters of recommendation from individuals with which the applicant has had a professional working relationship in a healthcare field. Greater consideration will be given to applicants with prior patient-contact experience.

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.

Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, integrity, altruistic attitude and commitment to a PA career. Interviews are conducted on the Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, campus and are by invitation only.  Interviews are usually held during the months of October through March.

Application Procedure

The program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications. However, CASPA takes no part in the selection of our students. CASPA application packets may be obtained from  or by calling (617) 612-2080. Deadline for the CASPA application is December 1 for the class entering the following May.

Supplemental Application Form

Once the CASPA application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, supplemental application will be made available online. Your complete supplemental application must be received no later than January 15th in order to be considered for admission for the May entering class. Once we receive the GRE scores, the supplemental application, and the $50 fee, your file will be reviewed by the admissions counselor. Applicants will not be considered for possible interview until all of these requirements have been received.

Additional Requirements

Prior to matriculation, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The College requires applicants to earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following required courses (science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to matriculation:

  • College Math - 3 semester hours   (Statistics does not satisfy this requirement)
  • English (including 3 semester hours of English Composition) - 6 semester hours
  • Humanities/Arts - 3 semester hours (examples include; philosophy, religion, foreign language, law, ethics, literature, performing/visual arts, e.g. music, dance, film, theater, band, opera, painting, drawing.)
  • Social Sciences - 9 semester hours (examples include; anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, history, geography, criminology, archeology, communication, cultural studies, law, ethics) 
  • General Inorganic Chemistry (I & II) including lab - 8 semester hours
  • Microbiology including lab - 4 semester hours
  • General Biology a (or Zoology) including lab - 4 semester hours
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology – 6 semester hours*
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours
  • Human Genetics - 3 semester hours
  • Medical Terminology – 1 semester hour

*If you take the combination class of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (A&P I), then must complete the sequence by taking Human Anatomy & Physiology II (A&P II).

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: three must be in English Composition, English Literature, and 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 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.

All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test through the CASPA application portal. The program's CASPA GRE is 0947. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by the supplemental application due date of January 15. Applications will not be considered complete without GRE scores. If multiple exams have been taken, only the most recent GRE scores will be considered.

For further information contact:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

We no longer require proof of current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support. All students are required to take BLS/BCLS, ACLS and PALS (pediatrics) during the program regardless of previous certification status or training.

Throughout the curriculum students are required to access various instructional materials and information from the Internet. All students are required to have a laptop computer and printer.

The computer must have the following minimum specifications:

  • combo DVD and RW drive
  • sound capability and speakers
  • Internet connection with private Internet service provider (ISP) for universal access to the Internet
  • wireless capability
  • printer
  • Webcam (internal or attached)

The following are recommended features:

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
  • 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 6GB or more)
  • 250 GB hard disk or larger (7200 RPM)
  • Windows 7, SP1 or higher OR Mac OS X 10.6 or Mac OS x 10.7
  • Microsoft Office 2007 with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel minimum
  • surge suppressor electrical outlet
  • flash drive

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.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by either World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or Josef Silney and Associates, Inc.

Contact Information
World Education Services
P.O. Box 01-5060
Miami FL 33101
212-966-6311 (N.Y. Office)
Josef Silny & Associates
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL  33173
305-273-1338 (fax)
Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

While there is no minimum requirement, prior health care experience is highly recommended and higher consideration may be given to applicants with prior direct patient contact. Applicants must provide verifiable information regarding their prior experience. Applicants with formal certification in a health care field are considered more competitive.

All applicants who are accepted must submit official transcripts of all completed coursework to the NSU EPS Physician Assistant Admissions prior to matriculation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these transcripts to be sent.

Two letters of recommendation are required:

  • One letter from a physician assistant
  • One letter from a healthcare professional (e.g. physician assistant, physician, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist)

Recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or personal friends of the family are not acceptable.

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