Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA) which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include:
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 most current information pamphlet, university catalog and application information should be consulted for the most up-to-date information.
The Physician Assistant Program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications. CASPA takes no part in the selection of students. CASPA applications are completed online at CASPA.
The CASPA application deadline is December 1 to be considered for admission the following May.
Once the CASPA application has been verified by CASPA and received by Nova Southeastern University, the NSU supplemental application link will be emailed to you. This email with the application link does not go out until the middle of June. Your complete supplemental application must be returned and received no later than January 15 in order to be considered for admission for the May entering class. Once we have received your complete CASPA application and supplemental application, your file will be reviewed. Applicants will not be considered for a possible interview until all of these requirements have been received.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have earned 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 listed below. Science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to matriculation. There is no expiration date for prerequisite courses. However, applicants are still responsible for retaining the knowledge gained from prerequisite coursework. Therefore, applicants with science prerequisites over 10 years may be considered less competitive.
*If you take the combination class of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (A&P I), then you 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).
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:
The following are recommended features:
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 an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.
|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
|Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to CASPA.
While there is no minimum requirement, prior healthcare experience is highly recommended. Higher consideration may be given to applicants with prior direct patient contact.
Official transcripts from all institutions where course work was completed or attempted must be sent directly to CASPA by the institutions. Once accepted, if the applicant did not submit final official transcripts with degree conferral to CASPA prior to acceptance, the applicant must submit all updated transcripts to NSU prior to matriculation. The updated official transcripts are to be sent directly from the institution to:Enrollment Processing Services
Two letters of recommendation are required:
Letters of recommendation are to be completed in the evaluations section of the CASPA application. Recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or personal friends of the family are not acceptable.