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
- 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.
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 http://www.caspaonline.org/ or by calling (617) 612-2080. Deadline for the CASPA application is December 1 for the class entering the following June.
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 June 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.