Physician Assistant Program
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The Physician Assistant (PA) Program's mission is to prepare graduates to be academically, clinically, professionally, and culturally competent in the delivery of health care services, to develop critical thinking and application skills, and to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to the patients that they will serve. Our graduates will improve the health of their patients and the populations that they serve in an efficient and cost-conscious manner.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Penn State Hershey Campus - Junker Auditorium
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania State University - University Park Pre-PA Club Presentation
Monday, March 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Life Science Building, Room 100
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Applicants will need to complete an undergraduate bachelor's degree prior to matriculation into the Penn State PA Program. The emphasis on his/her major should be in the health sciences, however this is not mandatory for consideration into the program.
For admissions consideration, an applicant should ordinarily have the following admission requirements:
- at least an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
- at least a required science GPA of 3.0;
- health care experience of 500 hours (paid or volunteer);
- completion of pre-requisite courses, as listed:
- general biology
- anatomy and physiology – two semesters (or one semester each)
- general or principles of chemistry
- biochemistry or organic chemistry
- general psychology
- statistics or bio statistics
- two semesters of English composition (or two courses listed as writing intensive courses)
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) without minimum score requirement or MCAT (medical college aptitude test) with a combined score of 29 (if less than 29, the GRE is required)
- three letters of recommendation for the candidate
- personal statement describing the rationale for pursuing the physician assistant career
The most qualified applicant will be invited to campus for an in-person interview in order to ascertain who will be the best fit for this program, and for the applicants to find out more about this PA Program. The link to Penn State's supplemental/secondary application will be emailed to applicants after the CASPA application has been completed and verified.
The Penn State Program will matriculate its inaugural class of 30 students in May, 2014 at our Penn State College of Medicine Campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The Penn State Physician Assistant Program's application cycle, administered through CASPA is closed for 2013-2014. Deadline to submit completed CASPA application is January 15 of each year.
The Penn State PA Program requires that each applicant submit a secondary application received by the PA Program no later than January 30. The secondary application will be sent to applicants after the CASPA application has been verified,
The Penn State PA Program's GRE code is 0900. Official GRE scores will be sent to CASPA on the Penn State PA Program's behalf.
Please visit CASPA's website for additional information.
Tuition & Fees Schedule for 2014-2015 - Resident or Non-Resident
The primary way for obtaining financial assistance as a graduate student at Penn State College of Medicine is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Penn State's Federal School Code: 003329
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities and provides protections from retaliation. All public and private schools receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The United States Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX.
Visit the Office for Diversity website for more information.
For Current Students
Title IX training materials can be found on the Infonet at the Office for Diversity website.
Questions and Contacts
Members of the University community who believe that Title IX has been violated should discuss their concerns and/or file a complaint with the University's Title IX Coordinator.
The University's Title IX Deputy Coordinators are:
Kim Lantz Yoder, Equity Officer, Office for Diversity,
Penn State College of Medicine, C1747N, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033-0850
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Danny Shaha, Director, Office of Student Conduct
120 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802
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Charmelle Green, Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Athletics,
102 Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802
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Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE)
More information on Title IX and direct links for reporting and can be found on the SHARE website which is intended to provide assistance in obtaining information and identifying resources for anyone who becomes aware of these incidents.